November 21, 2007

Charles charged up for Friday's game

BOULDER, Colo. - When Hugh Charles stepped foot on campus at CU in the fall of 2004, the former Keller (Texas) High prepster was not too familiar with the Buffs' rivalry with Nebraska.

"But I started to understand how important this game is and how big the rivalry between us is when we went to Lincoln that year and won," recalled the speedy senior tailback. "My freshman year I only got one carry against Nebraska but watching from the sideline and watching Bobby Purify run all over them, it was a great experience."

Has Charles gone out of his way this week to make sure his younger teammates understand the importance of this Friday's game?

"I have been stepping up a little bit more this week, but with me, I have always been a guy that leads more by example," he said. "That is how I am going to play my final home at CU. I am going to play my butt off on Friday and lead by example."

Charles will become the first to lead the team in rushing for three straight seasons since Herchell Troutman did so in the mid-'90s.

Charles currently ranks seventh all-time in school history with 2,490 rushing yards. And over the course of the last six games, he is fifth in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,049 (666 rushing).

"The last four years have gone by fast and I really can't believe it's almost over but I am excited to be in the position I'm in," Charles said. "I have learned a lot from the ups and the downs I've gone through here and overall I have had four successful years. A win my senior year in Folsom field against the Huskers would be so big and [gaining] bowl [eligibility] would be icing on the cake."

Does Charles anticipate that Senior Day will be an emotional affair? "I will just be full of joy," he expressed. "I'm thankful for every minute I've spent on the field and in the classrooms here."

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