// Jan 10 - 2011 Season
Washington loses star defensive end
The Washington Huskies have announced that sophomore defensive end Hau’oli Jamora will miss the rest of the 2011 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Jamora was injured early in Washington’s 31-23 win over California on Saturday.
It’s a big blow to the Huskies defense. Jamora had emerged as Washington’s best pass rushing threat off the end and was tied for fifth on the team with 15 tackles. He also had three tackles for loss and one sack through four games.
Colorado plays at Washington on October 15th.
Arizona “gloomy”; Oregon State one of seven winless teams in FBS
Want to feel a little better, Buff fans? Then check out how the folks in Tucson and Corvallis.
An article in the Arizona Daily Star is entitled, “Flashy Ducks deepen ‘dark hole’ “, referencing the 56-31 beat down put on the Wildcats by Oregon last weekend. Some of the highlights:
“College football is not a game that plays nice. It feeds on young and inexperienced teams like Arizona and gives them little space and less time to recover. If you string together two or three substandard recruiting years, as Arizona …
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Nick Hirschman ready to take the field if called upon
While the future of the Colorado quarterback corps brightened considerably this week with the signing of former Texas quarterback Connor Wood, the present depth chart is a bit unnerving.
Behind senior quarterback Tyler Hansen there are no quarterbacks who have taken a snap in a Division 1-A football game. Red-shirt freshman Nick Hirschman, who missed over a week of fall practice with a foot injury, is the primary backup.
Reason for concern?
Not according to Hirschman.
“I didn’t feel like I was far behind at all”, Hirschman told BuffaloSportsNews.net. “I was able to get in the playbook while I was hurt, and I didn’t fall behind. I got on the tape. The only thing I couldn’t do was move. So I wasn’t far behind at all. I attended all the meetings. The first couple days when I wasn’t out at practice they said there was no point to be out there just standing around. So I was in the training room.”
Is Hirschman ready to lead the team if called upon? “It’s very exciting,” said Hirschman. “Any time an athlete gets an opportunity to go out and show …
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Texas A&M says “adios” to the Big 12
After weeks of partial denials and convoluted press releases, Texas A&M has made it official.
The Aggies are looking for a new conference.
Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 that it plans to apply for membership to a new conference, and if accepted, it will end its membership with the Big 12 on June 30, 2012.
“I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference,” Loftin, who was authorized by regents to act on behalf of the university regarding conference affiliation on Aug. 15, wrote in a letter to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe on Wednesday.
Texas A&M previously asked the Big 12 to provide an outline of requirements to leave the league and the Big 12 responded earlier this week.
“We appreciate the Big 12′s willingness to engage in a dialogue to end our relationship through a mutually agreeable settlement,” Loftin said in the release. “We, too, desire that this process be as amicable and prompt as possible and result in a resolution of all outstanding issues, including mutual waivers by Texas A&M and the conference on …
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Depth Chart-ing – A look at the players making a name for themselves in Fall Camp
8/27 Players of Note – Junior safety Ray Polk and junior wide receiver Makiri Pugh
Both players came to Boulder to make a name for themselves.
Both players came to Boulder with fanfare.
Both can still make an impact – but not at the position for which they were recruited.
Junior safety Ray Polk came to Boulder as one of the top running back prospects in the nation, and now is the starting free safety for the Buffs. Makiri Pugh, meanwhile, transferred to Colorado from Georgia as a much heralded defensive back, and is now trying to get onto the playing field as a wide receiver.
Ray Polk – Coming to Boulder out of Phoenix, Arizona, as part of the Class of 2008, Polk was the No. 11 running back in the nation (Darrell Scott was ranked No. 1). Instead of sticking at running back, though, Polk moved over to defense, and has played safety for the Buffs for the past two seasons.
While Polk is entrenched as the starter at free safety (Polk started every game last season, and has 15 starts …
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Texas A&M gives its notice … sort of
In a news release today, Texas A&M University “officially notified the Big 12 Conference that it is exploring options related to the institution’s athletic conference affiliation. Texas A&M also requested that the Big 12 outline the process to be followed should the university elect to withdraw from the conference.”
What does that mean?
In the letter to Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe, Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin indicated that if the university withdraws from the conference, Texas A&M would do so in a way that complies with the Big 12′s bylaws. Additionally, Texas A&M would be supportive of the Big 12′s efforts to seek a new member of the conference.
“As I have indicated previously, we are working very deliberately to act in the best long-term interests of both Texas A&M and the State of Texas. This truly is a 100-year decision,” said Loftin. “While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically.”
Coincidentally, SMU athletic director Steve Orsini made public his belief Thursday that the Mustangs are ready to join an automatic-qualifier BCS conference …
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(Note: Previews for the Colorado Offense and Defense have already been published. To find these Previews, here are links to ”2011 Colorado Preview – Offense” and “2011 Colorado Preview – Defense“)
2011 Colorado Preview – Special Teams
Placekicker / Kickoff
Personnel: Sophomore Justin Castor; sophomore Zach Grossnickle
New to the Buffs this fall: Freshman Will Oliver
Strengths: Resumes. Colorado kickers do have nice looking resumes … at least from high school. Justin Castor, the front-runner to replace Aric Goodman as the Colorado kicker, was considered to be the No. 22 place-kicker in the nation from the recruiting Class of 2010. Caster was named All-Colorado in 2009. He made 15 of his 24 field-goal attempts, had a 43 yard punting average and sent a majority of his kickoffs deep enough for a touchback. Castor, who stands 6-foot-4, 180-pounds, was also athletic enough that he started at wide receiver for Arvada West. He caught 30 passes for 607 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. Zach Grossnickle, the Buffs returning starter at punter, is also listed at backup at kicker (at least until true freshman Will Oliver arrives in camp). Grossnickle was the No. 21 rated …
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2011 Colorado Preview – Defense
Personnel: Defensive Tackles: Senior Curtis Cunningham; senior Conrad Obi; junior Will Pericak; junior Eric Richter; sophomore Nate Bonsu; red-shirt freshman Kirk Poston … Defensive Ends: Senior Josh Hartigan; senior David Goldberg; senior Tony Poremba; junior Nick Kasa; sophomore Chidera Uzo-Diribe (Goldberg and Poremba are both former walk-ons. Both were awarded scholarships for the fall).
New to the Buffs this fall: freshman Stephan Nembot; freshman Juda Parker; freshman walk-on Andre Nichols
Strengths: If there is one unit on the Colorado Buffaloes football team which is long on experience, it is the defensive line. Senior Curtis Cunningham and junior Will Pericak share the honor of the Buffs with the most consecutive starts entering the 2011 season, with both players having started every game in 2009 and 2010 (24 starts overall). The other starter from most of last year, senior Josh Hartigan (nine starts in 2010) also returns. Pericak led the defensive line last season with 45 tackles, while Hartigan led the team in sacks, with seven. The defensive line is also deeper than most units on the team, with junior Nick Kasa and sophomore Nate Bonsu already having seen plenty of playing time.…
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2011 Colorado Preview – Offense
Personnel: SeniorTyler Hansen; red-shirt freshman Nick Hirschman
New to the Buffs this season: Junior college transfer Brent Burnette; freshman Stevie Dorman
Strengths: For the first time since 2005 (you remember 2005 don’t you? … The last season Colorado had a winning record?), Colorado enters the fall without a battle for the starting job at quarterback. Senior Tyler Hansen eliminated all doubts this spring, as junior college transfer Brent Burnette and red-shirt freshman Nick Hirschman failed to mount a serious challenge to the incumbent. Hansen was the starter for the first seven games of 2010, completing 112 of 164 passes for 1,102 yards and six touchdowns. Hansen has played in 20 games in his Colorado career, starting 16 of them.
With the switch to a more ball-control, two-tight end or fullback offense, Hansen will not be required to carry the team for the Colorado offense to be successful. The senior will have to be a good game manager, and Hansen has demonstrated he has this ability. The Pac-12 is heavily weighted in excellent quarterbacks, so it is a safe bet that Hansen will not be All-Pac-12 in 2011. However, for Colorado to have …
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AllBuffs.com is doing interviews of CU bloggers. My interview can be found at www.allbuffs.com … and below:
1.) This past year was a huge one for CU, as we inched past the official inclusion date for the Pac-12. What struck you most over the past 12 months about the new conference?
What has struck me the most about the Pac-12 conference this year has been the extraordinary success commissioner Larry Scott and his staff had in negotiating the Pac-12 television contracts. We knew that the revenue numbers would be significant, but a 12-year, $3 billion agreement? That was unthinkable a year ago.
Three aspects of the contracts need to be emphasized.
First, there was the agreement last fall by every school in the new league for equal distribution of television revenue. That’s huge (and the main reason why it is highly unlikely that Texas will ever become part of a Pac-16 – the Longhorns don’t like to share). True, USC and UCLA received a concession last fall that they would receive extra revenues ($2 million apiece) if the television contracts did not exceed $170 million per year – but that concession seems to have worked out fairly well for the …
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