The Colorado football program’s defensive backfield depth just took a hit. This week, the Buffaloes announced that potential starter Hasaan Hypolite has been dismissed from the team. The talented defensive back was booted for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Brian Howell of the Boulder Daily Camera was among the first to report the news.
Hypolite came to the Buffaloes as a three-star member of the 2018 recruiting class. As a true freshman last season, Hypolite played in one game.
True sophomore safety Hasaan Hypolite, a potential starter this fall, has been dismissed from the Colorado football team for a violation of team rules. #cubuffs
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) May 1, 2019
As for the exact reason for his dismissal, details remain slim.
During the offseason, Colorado lost starting safeties Nick Fisher and Evan Worthington, so there are no firm starters. It was expected that Hypolite would have had the inside track to earn the gig atop the depth chart, but now the team may have no choice but to turn to Derrion Rakestraw and Trey Udoffia.
The Buffaloes are fresh off of a 5-7 season which saw the team struggle in conference play, picking up just two wins in nine games. The team fired head coach Mike MacIntrye midway through the season after six consecutive losses and appointed Kurt Roper as the interim head coach. In 2019, Colorado turns to Mel Tucker, who was previously the defensive coordinator at Georgia, as its new head coach.
The Buffaloes kickoff their 2019 campaign with a matchup on August 30 against in-state rival Colorado State. The Rocky Mountain Showdown will take place at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver.