The Freedom Bowl-bound Colorado Buffaloes were jolted Sunday by the announcement that freshman halfback Dave Sanders has left the team and CU.
Sanders was one of three freshman to play for the Buffaloes, seeing action in nine games. He rushed for 80 yards on 28 carries, caught four passes for 11 yards, and scored two touchdowns while earning his varsity letter.
Head coach Bill McCartney said Sanders practiced last Friday for the Dec. 30 bowl game against Washington in Anaheim, Calif., and gave no indication of his future plans.
"Dave thoroughly enjoyed football, but never fully adjusted to CU and being away from home," said McCartney. "I'm disappointed to see him go. He is an outstanding competitor and a fine young man."
Sanders, a 5-foot 8-inch, 175-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif., was listed behind senior Ron Brown at left halfback on the depth chart.
A CU spokesman said McCartney and the team were surprised by Sanders' sudden departure. The fall term ended Saturday, and the spokesman said it was too early to know about Sanders' grades.
The Buffs (7-4) have finished practice sessions for the Freedom Bowl until after Christmas. They will leave for Anaheim on Christmas night and resume practice Dec. 26 at UC Irvine.