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July 28th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buffs confident in Steven Montez at quarterback

From the Daily Camera … Steven Montez may not have to be great this year, because of the talent around him, but MacIntyre said, “We have a quarterback that understands our offense and has been groomed to it correctly.”

The Buffs also have a quarterback that is already earning respect in the locker room. Lindsay and outside linebacker Derek McCartney, who joined MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days, both expressed their confidence and trust in their young quarterback.

“Everybody understands that Montez is the man, and we all know we have to rally around him,” Lindsay said.

Montez has never lacked confidence, but Lindsay said it’s important for the Buffs to feed that confidence.

“You have to make sure he knows he’s the baddest dude out there,” Lindsay said. “He is that man.”

McCartney has been impressed with the moxie — as well as the exceptional talent – displayed by Montez.

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July 27th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Phillip Lindsay: “You’re going got see a well-tuned and conditioned football team”

From the Daily Camera … Both players raved about the progress made over the past few months.

“It was more intense in the weight room,” Lindsay said. “Conditioning was off the charts. I feel like you’re going got see a well-tuned and conditioned football team come the first game of the year. This was the hardest summer we’ve had with coach Drew (Wilson).”

Last year’s team featured exceptional leadership from seniors such as quarterback Sefo Liufau, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, safety Tedric Thompson and center Alex Kelley.

While some of the top leaders from the South title run are gone, there’s been no drop off in that area.

“We all know what to expect, we all know what we need to do,” Lindsay said. “Last year we were prepared and I know how to prepare us for this year.”

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July 26th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mike MacIntyre quotes from Pac-12 Media Days

Related … “Buffs Know They Still Have To Prove They Belong” … from CUBuffs.com

Related … “Projecting the Pac-12 football season” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … All right. We’re excited about being here today. We are excited about our year coming up. We’re starting practice Saturday. So it’s here.

I brought two excellent young men that kind of epitomize our program at the University of Colorado. We have Derek McCartney, who is our starting outside linebacker. Fifth-year player who has played well for us. His grandfather is the original Coach Mac, and so it’s really special having him.

We have our Tasmanian devil, I call him, Phillip Lindsay, who led our league in touchdowns last year. Hopefully he finishes out his career excellent, and he should be the all-purpose leader in the history of Colorado.

Both of those young men are from Colorado. Both of them have been there the same five years I’ve been there, and they’ve been the backbone of our program as players and as characters.

So I’m excited about having them here, and I’ll take any questions at this time.

Q. So this season, the expectations are high.

MIKE MacINTYRE: What’s exciting about having high expectations, we just set them. Now everybody else kind of sets them. We have a lot to prove. We’re still a team that people don’t believe in, and we’d like for people to believe in us, and the only way you do that is to put back-to-back-to-back things together.

That’s what we plan on doing. What we want to do is be in the Pac-12 Championship game and not get our brains beat in like we did last year, so we’d like to finish it better.

Q. The breakout obviously happened last year for you guys, but when did it feel like it?

MIKE MacINTYRE: I felt like coming into last season I was saying it, and a lot of people were laughing at me when I said I thought we could be Pac-12 champions. I never told our team before that and I never said that publicly before last year. We had the makings to do that. We got there but just didn’t finish it like we want to.

I felt like as the season went along, the back road games at Michigan and Oregon, we played well against Michigan but screwed it up. I think that gave our kids confidence that, wow, we can do this. Then winning the game with the style we did at Oregon where the year before we lost a lot of close games, we’d come back and lose at the end. To win it that way I think just propelled them and gave them confidence at the end of games last year that we were able to finish games often and be more successful.

Q. You had the steps to get to that point, maybe not even games —

MIKE MacINTYRE: The steps to get there, well, we’d exhaust the whole day with all the steps it took to get there. But one of the things we’ve done, I think we do a good job of evaluating talent. We had nine guys go to NFL teams last year. More than the five years put together previously. None of those guys were highly recruited guys, so we did a good job of developing, retaining players, is our belief in evaluating, and the standard they’ve set foundation-wise on our program and the expectations has been something that I see keep carrying on.

Q. Talk about the loss of your defensive coordinator and how that’s impacted your team.

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, Jim did a great job for us. We have an excellent guy in D.J. Eliot in the exact same scheme, the scheme I wanted to put him in when Jim came. One of my best friends is secondary coach at the 49ers, and that’s how I got to know Jim. That’s what I wanted to do. Similar scheme I ran when I was at the Cowboys as a secondary coach. And we’ve hybrided it, hybrid outside backer, safety,  DB type of guy. So when we install the spread teams, I wanted to be able to two-gap and do all of that.

Jim did an excellent job of setting that up and getting it going. We weren’t able to match the money that Oregon paid him. When he told me how much he was making, I said: Why are you even sitting here? Move on.

I hated to lose him, but D.J. Eliot ran the exact same defense at Kentucky. Kentucky made big strides here over the last year, and it was a big part of it. We’re excited about getting D.J. here. He’s played at Wyoming, and his wife at Westminster. So they wanted to be at Colorado, which was really special for us.

Q. You obviously had the personnel to run that scheme last year, but you’ve lost a lot. Do you have the personnel to run it?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, we do. We do. We’ve recruited to it. That’s what you do. You recruit to it and rebuild. We have what I consider six starters back on defense. Derek McCartney is one of the people I don’t count as a starter. Isaiah Oliver, who I think is probably the — I think is one of the corners in college football.

So we have those guys back. Rick Gamboa, who was one of the tacklers. We have two of our safeties back, Ryan Moeller and Fo, Afolabi Laguda. We call him Fo for short. Our defensive front is good. We’ve been able to red-shirt a lot of guys, build them up. We signed a couple of excellent junior college players that came in in the spring and played really well and they’re athletic.

So we won’t be as salty early on defense as we were last year, but as the season goes on we will. I think we’ll be excellent on offense. We have our best offensive line we have. We have an exceptional receiving corps. We have a great running back. We have young quarterbacks that we feel are very talented so they just need to play their role. So I feel we’ll probably win a little different way early. Instead of maybe 24 to 10 or 17, hopefully it will be more like 42 to 25 or 28 or something like that.

Q. Is your team going to do a lot more as far as penetrating the back fields and sacking the quarterbacks more frequently?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, we’ll try to. We had one of the leading sackers last year, Jimmie Gilbert, that went out. We have Derek McCartney in the back who is a good pass-rusher. We feel like Tim Coleman is another young man on our team that’s played well for us. So we’ll be able to attack the back field. Hopefully we can get to the quarterback a little more than we did last year.

Q. How was it you were able to go from a guy that had one major college offer to someone you call one of the best players?

MIKE MacINTYRE: He’s an unbelievable talent. He came fourth in the Pac-12 in the decathlon. He’s just a freak athlete. He’s very, very bright. In high school he played mainly receiver. He played a little bit of DB. And I thought he’d be a great corner because I thought he was so talented athletically. He was skinny and kind of little, and he had wide shoulders. Now he’s 190 pounds and he’s just grown into it. He’s played for us every year. He played as a freshman, he played last year as a sophomore. If you watched the Stanford game last year, he covered them like a blanket and helped finish that game off. I feel like he’s a phenomenal talent and excited to see him out there playing.

Q. A lot of teams are putting emphasis on social media, particularly Oregon. What are your thoughts on social media?

MIKE MacINTYRE: I think social media is good in our country. It’s good and bad. Watch the news every day. There are pros and cons on that. But social media is something the kids are on all the time. I think it’s a tool you can use. There are a lot of different tools in recruiting. But still I think the best is meeting them in person, talking to them in person, and looking a young man in the eye to see if he’s somebody that wants to be in your program and you want in your program. But social media is a factor of getting them excited about your school, for sure.

Q. When you talk about going back-to-back years and having success, what do you point to that makes you feel you that you guys have the ability to do that to start making people believers?

MIKE MacINTYRE: It’s all about players. Players make plays, players win games. We just coach. But the players set the standard and the culture. We preach it to them, we believe in it and want them to trust us, but they have to buy in. These guys are bought in. We have a lot of good leaders coming back and a lot of good football players coming back. So it’s all about the football players. So I feel like we don’t have to rebuild. We can reload. The way we’ve developed our program, we’ve redshirted a lot of kids through the year. My believe is belief is you win games when you have more red-shirt sophomores, juniors and seniors. You have an older team. The way we’ve built it, I think we’ll always have an older team. So I’m excited about those guys that will be out there playing.

Q. You mentioned earning respect back-to-back, doing what you guys have done. Do you use being fourth in the media poll with your players as motivation? Do you ignore it altogether?

MIKE MacINTYRE: I think our kids have seen it. They’ve seen it all through. The season was over and different articles, different things have been said to them. You know, was that just a dream season? Was that just one thing? Was the Pac-12 really that good? Yeah, it’s good. It’s always good. It’s just that we haven’t been good for a long time, so everybody can’t really say are they there.

They always talk about turnover on your players and staff. That happens on every team. About every two years you’re going to have turnover. You’re going to have good players go to the pros. So as a program, you’re going to have to be prepared for that. That’s part of it. I believe we have a program built well enough to sustain through that.

Q. What did your coaches and players learn from that Pac-12 Championship run?

MIKE MacINTYRE: What we learned from it is Washington’s really good. Then we also learned from it that in the four games that we lost were all top ten teams, we weren’t as good on the offensive line as their defensive lines were consistently. We have a lot of guys returning on our offensive line that are thirty pounds stronger in the squat and the bench. We have young guys that we’ve red-shirted and moved in. This is the best offensive line we’ve had in the five years we’ve been there. We’re a good offensive line, and we have good depth. So I think that will help us stay on track in those games better where we won’t look so hodgepodge on offense like we did in those games. Then we’ll be able to control the clock a little bit better and move and score. So I feel good about our offensive line and being able to handle that coming up.

Q. When you mentioned the experience last year and how important it was on the rise, I don’t think there was any doubt that the defense was helped by the juniors and seniors.

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yes.

Q. But was there a difference that was made to transform those guys?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Well, we had very good talent. I remember when I was telling Coach Leavitt about coming to Colorado. I told him about all those sophomores we had that would be juniors, and then he would be able to work with them and mold them. Then they ended up being seniors. We got better and better, so that was a big part of it. He did an excellent job, there’s no doubt.

But it still goes back to players and players buying in and believing and totally committed and 24/7, 365 that we talk about, and we were able to do that. We were able to red-shirt a lot of kids the last couple years and recruit some junior college kids that wanted to play in that system. So I’m excited about what we’ll do there. Like I said, we won’t be as salty, but as the season goes along, we’ll get better and better.

Q. You had to expect the people would go after him after last season?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, when he told me he was going to make $1.4 million a year at Oregon, I said: Why are you standing here talking to me? You better take the job. With a guaranteed four-year contract. We couldn’t match that. And I’m happy for him. He’s earned the right to get that. And that’s good.

Q. What are your thoughts on two-a-day practices?

MIKE MacINTYRE: I like it. I’ve been pushing for it for years. Our kids are there already all summer. So I like the basketball model. I started talking about this four years ago. The basketball model, they went to 40 days, I think 32 practices or something where they have a day off. I was for that. So football’s the most physical. Why do we practice twice a day? Why do we hit twice a day? That makes no sense. We weren’t even using it correctly. So let’s spread it out, have a week off. Practice one time a day, have a walk-through in the afternoon, have a little more downtime for them in between practices, because you’re not having to hurry it all in. You’re still going to get your meeting times. So I personally like it a lot. Some people don’t. But I personally do. I think that it’s better for the welfare of the player, and

Q. (Off microphone)?

MIKE MacINTYRE: I like it. Huddle, social media, internet. Kids having cell phones. They can come any time they want. You can text them now. Everything’s sped up. Why do we wait and stay on the old calendar, which is totally antiquated to me now. Looking around, most schools have close to 15 committed. Some schools are completely already done. Why not sign them right now? They go into their senior year like they do in basketball. If they didn’t want to sign, have the other one in February, so they can go on trips after their season’s over.

Now, to me, it makes all the sense in the world. But we’re moving slowly there. I think eventually you’ll see that one day. Now that we have visits in June, April, and May. We didn’t really want them all. We just wanted June to be an official visit. But it’s a little bit harder on us as coaches and assistants because we’re out recruiting, and you’ve got camps. I think if you would have just kept it all in June, it would have worked out well, and then had a signing date in July.

Q. How did your run last year impact recruiting? How do you see it impacting recruiting in the future?

MIKE MacINTYRE: It definitely impacted it. It impacted it in the fact that we had a lot of good guys that we were recruiting and were admitted to us that had great senior years. Then other schools came in at a time that we started, a bigger named school at that time. Now that we were up in the national limelight. We’re where we should be and hopefully we stay there. That helped those guys from going to those schools that came in and tried to take them from us. I think that was big. You’re talking four or five guys a year that kind of fall into that. So if you get those four, five, after years you’ve got 20. So that makes a big difference.

Q. You guys do a great job out of state.

MIKE MacINTYRE: Our state’s awesome, but it’s not real populated. So population drives players, so we’re always going to recruit California hard. We’re always going to recruit Texas hard, the Arizona area, and then, of course, Colorado. We’ll mix and match other places with connections and that type of thing. The thing that does happen, you get a few more outside of those areas calling you saying, hey, I’m interested. Which helps get a guy or two a year that way.

Q. You mentioned the limelight, the lights don’t get much brighter than the Broncos. You’ll open against rival Colorado State. Biggest challenges heading into that match-up?

MIKE MacINTYRE: First of all, that’s always an emotional game. They have an excellent football team coming back. Their offense is ranked high in the country. You know, they have an advantage this year. They’re playing zero week at Oregon State. So that’s a big difference to me. Then we’re playing the first game. So we’ll have to catch up with them a little bit. Wish I would have known that way beforehand, because we would have put a zero week game and not made it the first game. So that’s going to be different for us. So hopefully we’ll be fresh and ready to go. But they’re very talented. They have a phenomenal — I blank on his name right now, but he’s No. 4. I’ve watched the film. He’s really good. They’ll do a good job. So it’s always an emotional, hard-fought game.

Q. What is the challenge of being at not your home venue?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, I tell you what, it’s kind of fun for our kids. Both teams’ kids, you can see them get excited about going and playing in the Bronco stadium. Both schools, though, would rather have it on their home site. No doubt. Both fan bases would too. It’s interesting in the game, if you’ve been to it, that the student bodies for games show up in droves. It’s amazing. I mean, it seems like you have more students at that game than you do at your home games. I think they want to get to Denver. It’s the first week of the year. It’s Labor Day. They’ve been in school for a little bit and kind of getting out. So it’s amazing how they come in on bus after bus after bus, and makes it pretty exciting.

Q. Coach, four to five years ago, Colorado wasn’t very competitive.

MIKE MacINTYRE: No, we weren’t good at all.

Q. I like your honesty. Two years ago it was kind of like, yeah, the Buffs are going to upset them. And then last year happened where I think you were actually favored in some games. So every couple years you’ve elevated. It’s been a slow thing, which I think is good. This year, where do you see yourselves as far as compared to last year where, yeah, they could do it maybe, they’ll upset some people. And this year —

MIKE MacINTYRE: Right. Well, you know, I definitely believe we’re a good enough team to win the Pac-12. That’s our goal. We’ll see what happens from there. But we’ve got to go do it. You can’t just say it. You’ve got to work at it. Our kids are excited. They’re a good football team. We have a lot of good depth and good football players coming back. I don’t know how many games we’ll be favored in or that type of thing, but I think we can beat everybody we play. We’ve just got to find a way to do it. But like I was saying earlier, we just don’t have the pedigree that some of the other teams do the last ten years. Our pedigree has been pitiful. Now we’ve just got a blip. So we need to turn that blip into year after year, and that’s what we’d like to do.

Q. With the players after that season, you’ve seen probably a definite difference in their attitude?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yes, I have. Their work ethic has been phenomenal. It’s always been great, but this group of guys understand what was left by the legacy of the other young men, and they don’t want a letdown, so I’ve seen a little bit more intensity. I’ve seen a little bit by the leaders, more involved, vocal. And Derek and Phillip are both here, this is Derek’s second time Derek to be a captain, and this is Phillip’s third time. So we have two other captains on our team, it’s their second being captain. So we have four guys out of our six captains that have been captains multiple times. Which you get a second chance to do it again, and you understand different things to do.

I really haven’t had to say much at all. They’ve been leading by example and by vocal. That makes a big difference. They’ve held the standard higher. I don’t hold the standard anymore. They set it. So that’s probably the difference.

Q. Do you run criminal background checks on guys? How do you approach that?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, we do look at the Twitter and those type of things. We look at that hard. The other thing that I do is we recruit a lot of kids in the same area and same schools. I have the kids on our team. What do you know about that kid? Coach, he’s a good kid. Coach, don’t touch him. When they have him come around for official visits or unofficial visits, I talk to the kids that are with them. Most of the time they’ll say, Coach, we don’t want that guy on our team.

So that’s kind of how I do it. You learn more from the kids than you do adults or coaches, to be honest with you. They want their kids to get scholarships. They want them to. They’re nice, but you know how it is. You can just ask other kids, and that’s how we find out about young people.

Q. In recruiting, where are you most likely to notice a guy? Game film? Seven on seven? In a camp?

MIKE MacINTYRE: It’s game film. The way it’s designed, and we break down the huddle and watch that. So athletic ability, attributes to each position. Then we’ll go see a person, see how big or how tall they are. Sometimes you do that in reverse. You’re at a game and you say, oh, look at that sophomore. But most of our valuation for their athletic ability is done on the tape. Then we’ll see them in person and say, well, how flexible is he or how quick is he? Then he looks better in person when you see him in person.

Q. The guy who came in the spring, Colby Pursell, what have you seen from him in his first spring?

MIKE MacINTYRE: Yeah, wow. Colby had a phenomenal winter than spring. He’s farther ahead than I thought he would be. He’s 298 pounds now. We gray-shirted him, and the reason we gray-shirted him is when we signed him, he’s only 16. He will not turn 17 until September 20th of his freshman year. When I talked to him, I thought, oh, I don’t know if I want to bring a 16-year-old kid to college. So we sat him. Now he’ll turn 18 this September, and it’s made all the difference in the world.

I’m anxious to see what he does early this fall. He might be one of our true back-up guys or one of our first guys to play at back-up center. I think he’s got a great future ahead of him. So he’s a guy that we found and evaluated him and realized he was young, and lot of people didn’t offer him because he wasn’t quite developed, and all of a sudden now he’s 298 pounds and he’s now growing hair on his chest and everything. He went from 16 to 18, so it’s just different. So we’re really excited about Colby

Brian Howell votes CU 2nd in Pac-12 media poll … Jon Wilner has CU finishing third

From Brian Howell at the Daily Camera … Based on preseason magazines, expect the Buffs to be projected third or fourth in the South, and my guess is that they’ll be in fourth, behind USC, UCLA and Utah.

I had a vote for the media poll, and here’s how I voted, with a short explanation of each team. In doing my ballot, I projected the wins and losses for each team. My projected record for each team is in parenthesis.

2. Colorado Buffaloes (8-4, 5-4): Not sure if a 5-4 mark will get the Buffs to second in the South, but I’m not as high on Utah and UCLA as others. I’ve got the Buffs starting 0-2 in conference (losing to Washington and UCLA), but going 5-2 down the stretch, losing at Washington State and at home against USC. A win in Salt Lake City in the finale secures second place.

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From Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News … “My Pac-12 football preseason media ballot and important Hotline update

North

1. Washington
2. Stanford
3. Washington State
4. Oregon
5. Oregon State
6. Cal

South

1. USC
2. UCLA
3. Colorado
4. Utah
5. Arizona State
6. Arizona

Title game: Washington over USC

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July 25th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Transition for defense not difficult despite changeover in staff

From CUBuffs.com … More often than not, a new defensive coordinator means a new scheme, new terminology and a steep learning curve for defensive players.

But when Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre brought D.J. Eliot into the CU fold last spring, MacIntyre flipped that equation.

MacIntyre wanted as few changes as possible for his players. MacIntyre’s aim was to not only keep the 3-4 scheme he installed in 2015, but also keep the terminology the same with the goal of maintaining as much continuity as possible.

Thus, it was up to Eliot, along with new defensive assistants ShaDon Brown and Ross Els, to learn CU’s terminology and scheme — and so far, the transition appears to be seamless. The Buffs had a solid spring under the new defensive staff, and when Colorado opens fall camp Friday, Eliot expects his defense to hit the ground running.

“The terminology wasn’t that hard,” said Eliot, who spent the previous four seasons at Kentucky as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. “I’ve worked at so many different jobs and called so many things so many different things, it was easy for us. I just wanted to keep it the same for the kids so they wouldn’t have to learn something new. I consider myself trilingual — I can speak a lot of different defensive languages.”

The importance of keeping the terminology the same as well as the scheme can’t be overstated. For CU players who have been in the program since 2014, Eliot is their third defensive coordinator.  But keeping everything virtually the same through the spring meant players could concentrate on making plays, not learning new schemes or a new “language.”

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July 24th

… CU in a few minutes …

August 5th practice will be open to the public

The practice August practice schedule has been released, but with a request not to post it just yet. We can tell you that the practice set for Saturday, August 5th, tentatively listed as being from 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., will be open to the public.

From the press release … The Buffs will have one practice open to the public in fall camp, set Saturday, Aug. 5. The scrimmage will serve as a “Select-A-Seat” event, with fans having the opportunity to pick seats available for purchase and know the exact location and perspective they will have with action taking place on the field. The event begins at 10 a.m. with the Buffs scheduled to practice and then hold a short scrimmage. After the scrimmage, players and coaches will be available for autographs and selfies. Parking will be free in lot 169 (adjacent to the lower practice fields) and paid in the parking garage next to the Champions Center.

Linebacker N.J. Falo dismissed from team

With little comment or notice, the Buffs have lost a junior linebacker expected to contribute this fall. With the press release about the opening of Fall Camp came this note:

“… MacIntyre said linebacker N.J. Falo has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules … “.

On the brighter side, there was also this note:

” … Of the players who missed much or all of spring ball with injuries, most have been cleared to begin participation in camp. That list includes linebacker Derek McCartney, offensive linemen Gerrad Kough and Isaac Miller, running back Donovan Lee and wide receiver Juwann Winfree. The Buffs are hoping to get running back Kyle Evans, who suffered a dislocated hip in spring ball, back midway through camp … “.

Great Expectations for the CU wide receiver corps this fall

From CUBuffs.com … Every day in practice last fall, Colorado’s wide receivers tested themselves against one of the best secondaries in the nation.

Three defensive backs from that group went on to be selected in April’s NFL Draft.

The receivers? They’re back. Every member of the group that helped CU’s offense establish itself as one of the most productive units in Colorado history returns this year — more experienced and with the benefit of another offseason under CU strength and conditioning specialist Drew Wilson.

It is why Colorado’s receivers are the group this year receiving preseason accolades as among the best in the nation, and why wide receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini is more than ready to open fall camp.

The Buffs report for fall camp Friday and will hit the fields Saturday.

“I’m as excited as I’ve ever been in my career with a returning group of guys,” Chiaverini said late last week. “They know the expectations, they know me know as a coach, and they know the level of discipline and the level of effort I’m going to demand from them day in and day out.”

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July 23rd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU nears 20,000 in season ticket sales

From the Denver Post … The state bucked a national trend of declining college football bowl subdivision game attendance last fall, and with less than 40 days left until the 2017 season begins, the University of Colorado and Colorado State are riding waves of increased season-ticket sales.

As of Friday afternoon, CU totaled 19,353 season tickets sold (a rise of 1,342 from 2016) and CSU stood above 14,000 (an uptick of more than 3,000). The collective jump continues a trend of increased football fan attendance at both programs.

According to an NCAA report, CU and CSU both ranked inside the top 25 nationally in 2016 for largest gains in average home attendance — CU at No. 7 (plus 7,220) and CSU at No. 25 (plus 2,683). Meanwhile, according to a CBS Sports analysis, the average FBS crowd declined nationally for a sixth consecutive season and was again the lowest average since 2000.

Last fall, CU drew 46,609 per home game. CSU brought in 27,600. If 2017 season-ticket sales at both schools are any indication, those figures are projected to rise once again, thanks to several factors.

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Steven Montez “brings a certain moxie, a certain level of confidence”

From CUBuffs.com … While experience is by no means a strength, the Colorado Buffaloes’ quarterback situation may still be overall as strong as it has been for years.

Simply, the Buffs are loaded with big, strong-armed youngsters.

The equation begins with sophomore Steven Montez. Folks who followed the Buffs last year got a taste of what Montez is capable of accomplishing; the general feeling around the Champions Center is that he could be something very special by the time he finishes his Colorado career.

Big, athletic, cannon for an arm, more than capable with his feet and a gunslinger mentality to match his arm, Montez turned heads everywhere a year ago when he made his starting debut one of the more memorable in CU history: 333 yards and three touchdowns passing and another 135 yards and a touchdown rushing in the Buffaloes’ program-turning 41-38 win at Oregon.

It was a performance that made him an immediate fan favorite, one that he followed with a 293-yard, three-touchdown effort in a 47-6 win over Oregon State.

It is why Colorado today finds itself in a rare position: despite losing a four-year starter (Sefo Liufau) whose name is on roughly 100 school records, expectations are the Buffs should take a step forward at quarterback this year with Montez at the helm full time.

No doubt the potential is there — but for him to reach that potential, he will have to add some consistency to his game, something that wasn’t always present a year ago.

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July 22nd

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Salary pool for CU assistant coaches tops $3 million

From the Daily Camera … Colorado will pay its assistant football coaches roughly $400,000 more this season, with the base salary pool topping the $3 million mark.

Big raises for co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini and offensive line coach Klayton Adams, as well as a lofty deal for new defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, make up most of that increase.

According to a USA Today database of assistant coach salaries released in December, CU paid its nine assistants a total of $2,661,601 in base salary last year. Numbers provided to BuffZone.com by CU this week show that total is up to $3,065,644 this year.

In addition to the new contract extension signed by head coach Mike MacIntyre this offseason, CU will be paying roughly $1.2 million more in football coaching salaries this year. MacIntyre’s new contract, worth $14.85 million over five years, will pay him $2.8 million in base and supplemental salary this year, a bump of roughly $800,000.

Following a 10-4 season and Pac-12 South title, CU has given raises to five of its six returning assistants, and each of the three newcomers will make more than their predecessors.

Below are the salaries for Colorado’s nine football assistant coaches:

Coach, position 2017 salary 2016 salary
D.J. Eliot, Def. Coordinator $700,000 $511,900*
Brian Lindgren, Co-OC/ QBs $487,232 $481,825
Darrin Chiaverini, Co-OC/WRs $375,000 $265,625
Klayton Adams, Offensive line $315,000 $261,025
Gary Bernardi, Tight ends $311,000 $311,625
Jim Jeffcoat, Defensive line $269,012 $263,732
Ross Els, Linebackers $225,000 $205,025*
ShaDon Brown, Secondary $200,000 $185,219*
Darian Hagan, Running backs $183,400 $175,625
Total $3,065,644 $2,661,601

* For Eliot, Els and Brown, who are in their first season at CU, the 2016 salary represents what their predecessors were paid. (Note: 2017 salaries provided to BuffZone.com by CU; 2016 salaries from USA Today database of assistant coach salaries).

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July 21st

… CU in a few minutes … 

Neill Woelk’s list of “under-the-radar” Buff defenders 

From CUBuffs.com … Everyone who follows Colorado football knows the CU defense is in for a change this year.

The question is whether the Buffs are reloading or rebuilding.

What isn’t up for debate is that Colorado lost eight starters from last year’s defense, one that helped produce one of the more dramatic turnarounds in college football history. Also new this year on the CU sidelines are three defensive assistants: defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, secondary coach ShaDon Brown and linebackers/special teams coordinator Ross Els.

But folks on the inside, beginning with those who matter most — the coaching staff and players — believe CU can produce another quality defense, despite the losses.

The reasons are many.

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Neill Woelk gives his list of potential new difference makers on offense

From CUBuffs.com … Last season, the Colorado offense had a solid season.

The Buffs took a step forward in virtually every key offensive category, moving up from 67th in the nation in total offense in 2015 to 47th; from 86th to 56th in rushing offense; and in the most important offensive category of all, from 97th to 56th in scoring offense.

Significant improvement by any standard.

But while the Buffs offense was making strides, it was the defense making headlines. CU’s defense finished as a top-20 unit nationally, and as the Buffs were making their run to a Pac-12 South title and a bowl berth, the defense grabbed most of the attention.

That could all change this year. The Buffs lost just two starters to graduation on offense, and while one is arguably the most important position on the team — quarterback — CU has a quite capable replacement in the wings. Four-year starter Sefo Liufau may be gone, but ultra-talented sophomore Steven Montez, who has already proven himself on the field in pressure situations, is ready to step in.

… there are a handful of other offensive players who could go a long way in making the difference between a good season and a special one. While there are no unknowns in the group, they are still relatively unsung players — for now — who could be difference makers by season’s end …

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July 20th

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CU athletic director Rick George named chair of LEAD1 Association

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado Athletic Director Rick George has been named the new chairman of the LEAD1 Association, a group that represents athletic directors, programs and student-athletes of all 129 member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision.

George is head of a new LEAD1 leadership team that was announced at the association’s just-completed institute, held in Boulder on the CU campus. He replaces Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick as the chair.

Other new officers include Clemson A.D. Dan Radakovich (first vice chair) and Texas A&M A.D. Scott Woodward (second vice chair).

“It’s an honor to have the group want me to serve in that role,” George said. “It’s nice when you have the respect and confidence of your peers.”

LEAD1 studies issues that affect all of college sports, but focuses particularly on those that have an effect on FBS schools. That includes everything from NCAA rules and how they are enacted and implemented to fiscal sustainability, an issue core to not only each member school, but college athletics as a whole.

The group also helps provide important data and information to its member schools, ranging from such topics as salary surveys to seminars on charter flights for teams; and is an active advocate for the future of college athletics. Earlier this year, LEAD1 and the NCAA agreed to conduct a joint study of university and college insurance practices and how they affect and support student-athletes.

“I could not be more pleased with the new trustees and officers,” said Tom McMilllen, President and CEO of LEAD1. “LEAD1 Association is fortunate to have such extraordinary leadership in its member ranks.”

George, who is just completing his fourth year as Colorado’s A.D., has become a nationally recognized leader on Division I athletics and student-athlete concerns. He also serves on the Division I Council of the NCAA, and is part of the NCAA’s D1 Council Transfer Working Group.

Phillip Lindsay makes Doak Walker Award list

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado senior tailback Phillip Lindsay was named Thursday to the 2017 Doak Walker Award watch list, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced.

The Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back.

Lindsay is one of 61 players on the initial watch list, and is joined by nine other running backs from the Pac-12 Conference (Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard, Washington’s Myles Gaskin, USC’s Ronald Jones II, Stanford’s Bryce Love, Washington State’s Jamal Morrow, Oregon State’s Ryan Nall, Utah’s Armand Shyne and Cal’s Tre Watson).

This is the second watch list that Lindsay has been named to. Back on July 10 he was placed on the Maxwell Award watch list, which honors America’s College Player of the Year.

Colorado, which has produced six first-team All-America tailbacks in school history, does sport a previous Doak Walker Award-winner. Rashaan Salaam won the award back in 1994, the year in which he became just the fourth player in college football history at the time to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season. Salaam also won the Heisman and Walter Camp Trophies that year.

In 2002, CU tailback Chris Brown finished runner-up for the Doak Walker award after he rushed for 1,744 yards and that was even with missing the last two games of the season due to injury. His figure is the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history.

Lindsay is coming of his junior year when he rushed for 1,189 yards (not including the bowl game) and led the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns with 16. He has rushed for 2,233 yards in his CU career, ranking 13th in Colorado history.

If he can rush for 1,000 yards once again this coming fall, it would be the first time in school history a tailback has run for over 1,000-yards in back-to-back seasons.

He also ranks third all-time at CU in career all-purpose yards (4,029), 22nd in scoring (144 points) and 24th in receptions (93 counting bowl statistics).

Among all active and returning FBS players, Lindsay ranks ninth in all-purpose yardage and his reception total is the second most of any returning running back (trailing Southern Miss’ Ito Smith, who has 100).

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July 19th

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Chris Fowler: CU will have “one of the league’s best offenses”

From 104.3 The Fan … Chris Fowler of ESPN (and CU) called in to talk CU Buffs and if they can continue to be a top 25 team. Chris said he believes the Buffs “will have one of the leagues best offenses” this upcoming season.

Radio interview with Chris Fowler can be found here.

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July 18th

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Buffs pick up a three-star walk-on offensive lineman Jack Shutack

Roster addition from CUBuffs.com … Jack Shutack (6’6″, 290-pounds) joined the program as a walk-on in June 2017; because he did not obtain an associate’s degree at the College of DuPage, he is not eligible for competition this season and has to sit out … Will be a practice squad member during what will be his redshirt sophomore year and he will have two seasons of eligibility with the Buffs once eligible in 2018.

HIGH SCHOOL—He was coached by Tim Racki at Nazareth Academy in the Chicago suburbs where he was a three-year starter at left tackle … Did not surrender a sack during senior or junior seasons … Named first-team Pioneer Press as a senior … His team went 14-0 and won its first 6A state championship in school history … Was a part of offensive line that cleared the path for 248 yards on 63 attempts in title game … High school ran a no-huddle offense … Played on what was regarded as one of the top offensive lines in Illinois … Named to Chicago Tribune 2014 Preseason Top 50 Players List … Earned Lineman MVP at the 2014 Core 6 Showcase … Also attended 2014 Nike Football Training Camp held in Chicago … A consensus three-star recruit … Rated No. 17 prospect out of Illinois by ESPN.com, No. 23 by 247Sports, No. 32 by Scout and No. 35 by Rivals … Ranked as No. 77 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com and No. 5 at his position by Scout.

Three more Buffs added to preseason watch lists

From CUBuffs.com … Three Colorado Buffalo seniors – Shay Fields, Derek McCartney and Devin Ross – were all named Tuesday to preseason watch lists that continue to be rolled out this month by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).

Fields and Ross were both named by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc. to the 2017 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list. The award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver at any position.

McCartney is one of a record 108 players from the FBS named to the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy watch list.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

For the Biletnikoff Award, CU was one of just five schools in the country to have two players make the preseason watch list. It easily could have been a third, too, as fellow senior Bryce Bobo (88 career receptions, 945 yards) just missed the preseason list. Players not on the preseason watch list can be added to it as the season progresses. The TQC will announce the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on Nov. 13 and the three finalists on Nov. 21.

The 2017 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on Dec. 7, 2017, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast 5 p.m. MT on ESPN.

Semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on Nov. 2 and finalists will be announced on Nov. 22. The formal announcement of the 2017 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City on Dec. 5.

Fields’ 1,929 career receiving yards are the most of any returning player in the Pac-12 Conference. On CU’s all-time receiving charts, he ranks sixth in receptions (144), ninth in touchdown receptions (17) and 10th in yards. A true deep threat, he has nine career plays of 50 yards or longer (seven of which are over 60 yards) and he is coming off his junior season in which he earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.

McCartney’s off the field accomplishments are well documented and last year he was selected to the 2016 AFCA Good Works team, one of just 12 Division I players honored (only one who returns in 2017) to the 25th annual that recognizes and celebrates those who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others. He has played in 27 career games with 25 starts entering his senior season. McCartney graduated in May 2016 after just three years with a degree in one of CU’s most challenging majors – Integrative Physiology – with a Pre-Med course of study at Colorado. He is now enrolled in CU’s graduate program for Integrative Physiology and is on schedule to earn his master’s this December. In the 2016 offseason, he made national headlines after being matched with a recipient for a bone marrow donation; it came about thanks to CU’s “Be A Match” program that coach Mike MacIntyre started after his first year in Boulder.

Ross is coming off his junior campaign when he led the Buffs in receptions with 66, a total that ranked fourth in the Pac-12. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2016 when he also posted five TD receptions. Ross is tied for 15th in school history (with his position coach Darrin Chiaverini) with 97 receptions, and is 21st in receiving yards with 1,113.

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July 17th

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George Frazier named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

From CUBuffs.com … The Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday its preseason watch list for the 2017 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse and included on the initial 46-player list was Colorado senior George Frazier.

The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football.

Frazier is CU’s do-it-all man who has already appeared in 38 games for the Buffaloes in his career. He was named a team captain for the second-straight season, becoming one of 10 Buffs in program history to serve as captain twice. This fall he is expected to have an impact on both sides of the ball and on special teams. He will enter fall camp on the two-deep at both defensive end and tight end.

As a redshirt freshman in 2014, he played in all 12 games on offense at fullback and tight end while seeing action in 10 games (195 snaps) on defense. That year he recorded 15 tackles, one for a loss, two third down stops, three quarterback hurries and one pass breakup while also rushing for one score and catching three TD passes.

During his sophomore and junior seasons, he stayed on the offensive side of the ball. Last season he was awarded the team’s Eddie Crowder Award, which the coaches present to the player who displays outstanding team leadership. Being used primarily as a blocker at tight end and in the backfield, he helped the Buffalo offense put up over 500 yards of offense six times on the season, tying the school record for most in a single-season.

“We have a terrific Watch List again this year,” said Paul Hornung, namesake of the Award, who legendary Coach Vince Lombardi called “the most versatile man ever to play the game.” “I love the fact that we recognize players who have the skill and the right mind set to play anyplace on the field to help their team win games.”

The 2017 Watch List is comprised of one graduate student, 23 seniors, 19 juniors, and three sophomores who play a total of nine different positions. They represent 45 universities in 28 states coast-to-coast across the 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The ACC leads the conferences with 10 players, followed by the SEC with eight players and the Pac-12 with six.

Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage, Washington State’s Jamal Morrow, Oregon’s Charles Nelson, Washington’s Dantee Pettis and Cal’s Tre Watson joined Frazier from the Pac-12 on the watch list.

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July 16th

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“Know Your Rival” website has some interesting results

Click here for a “Know your Rival” website, found by a poster on AllBuffs. Interesting results from those who have taken the survey, with almost half of the Buff fans who have taken the survey still listing Nebraska as CU’s No. 1 rival (conversely, only five percent of Cornhusker fans see the Buffs as their main rival).

On the flipside, almost half of the Colorado State fans who took the survey listed CU as their No. 1 rival, while only 21% of Buff fans see the Rams as the Buffs’ No. 1 enemy.

When it comes to Schadenfreude, or “How much joy do fans take in the misfortune of the rival team?”, there were certainly differing opinions, with no schools earning more dislike than Arizona and USC.

For the record, I took the survey, and I listed Nebraska as CU’s main rival, followed by Colorado State, Utah, and Oregon.

Take the survey, and see what you think of the results …

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July 14th 

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Boulder the No. 1 College town in America 

From the American Institute for Economic Research … Boulder takes the prize for top college town this year. The city boasts first place in demographics, quality of life, and economic conditions. The weather is perfect and the surrounding creeks, trails, and mountains attract those with a mad love of the outdoors. In fact, Boulder became the first U.S. city to tax itself specifically to preserve open space. The result? Great urban outdoor space for those who love the outdoors. In addition, it is one of the most accessible college towns in the country, with over 20 percent of commuters choosing public transportation or cycling up and down the Boulder Creek Corridor. The educated, relatively diverse, and fit populace enjoys a great bar and restaurant scene with the best fair-trade coffee and microbreweries in the Rockies. If this is not enough, Boulder also brags favorable labor markets and high innovation levels, in thanks partly to the University of Colorado’s flagship campus.

1Boulder, Colo. 
2Champaign-Urbana, Ill. 
3Flagstaff, Ariz. 
4Ithaca, N.Y. 
5Iowa City, Iowa 
6Bloomington, Ind. 
7College Station, Texas 
8Manhattan, Kan. 
9Columbia, Mo. 
10Bloomington, Ill. 
11Charlottesville, Va. 
12Lafayette, Ind. 
13Fargo, N.D. 
14Athens, Ga. 
15State College, Pa. 
16Rochester, Minn. 
17Blacksburg, Va. 
18Jacksonville, N.C. 
19La Crosse, Wis. 
20Bellingham, Wash. 

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July 13th 

… CU in a few minutes …

Mike MacIntyre: “I see great fortitude and attitude this summer that they still have something to prove”

Related … “CU Buffs’ Mike MacIntyre says extended camp schedule will benefit players” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … Wednesday, Mike MacIntyre once again joined four other college head coaches from around the state at the annual Colorado Springs Sports Corp kickoff luncheon — and once again, MacIntyre made it clear to the crowd and the media in attendance that his Buffs fully expected to compete for a conference title.

There were no raised eyebrows this time around. A year after the Buffs compiled a 10-2 regular season record to win the Pac-12 South and a spot in the Pac-12 title game, earning MacIntyre consensus national coach of the year honors in the process, there are quite clearly a few more Buffs believers around the state.

Joining MacIntyre on Wednesday were Colorado State coach Mike Bobo, Air Force’s Troy Calhoun, CSU-Pueblo’s John Wristen and Northern Colorado’s Earnest Collins Jr. Each conducted interviews with a variety of media before the luncheon; then the coaches sat together on stage and answered questions from an emcee.

“Every year a team changes,” MacIntyre told reporters before the luncheon began. “We lost a lot of good players and we have a lot of good players returning. Last year’s group was a great group; this is a whole new group. But I told them, ‘You have something you can do that nobody’s done at CU since 2005 and that’s repeat as a champion, and then finish off the season as a Pac-12 champion — and that’s what we want to do.”

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July 12th

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Report: Terrance Lang will report on July 28th

Brian Howell from the Daily Camera has tweeted: “Head coach Mike MacIntyre said freshman DL Terrence Lang is expected to report July 28 with the rest of the team

This is good news for the Buff Nation. Lang was a Signing Day pickup in February, who had been a USC commitment. There were concerns that Lang would not qualify academically, but that fear has apparently been laid to rest.

Lang’s Signing Day bio …

Terrance Lang – DL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed February 4th … Lang is a 6’6″, 260-pound defensive end from Pasadena, California Rivals bio  Scout bio 247Sports bio

What others have to say about Lang … Lang is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Rivals rates Lang as the No. 32 strongside defensive end in the nation, and the No. 76 player overall out of the state of California. At 247 Sports, Lang is recognized as the No. 22 strongside defensive end in the country, and the No. 51 player out of the state of California this year. Scout lists Lang as an athlete (at 6’6″, Lang is also an imposing tight end), the No. 3 athlete out of California.

Lang was a two-sport start at Maranatha High School, and his senior season in football drew first-team All-League honors playing for coach Steve Bogan. In eight games, missing two due to injury, he recorded 40 tackles and 15 sacks for the Minutemen.

Lang had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five conference schools. From the Pac-12, Lang had offers from Cal, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Washington State, and most notably, USC. Lang committed to the Trojans just before Christmas, but kept taking official visits as USC was slow playing Lang, seeing if there would be space for him in their Recruiting Class. Good news/bad news for Buff fans … Bad news: USC took in a monster Class, picking up no fewer than six commitments on Signing Day (all four star recruits) … Good news: This left Lang as an odd man out, opening the door for his commitment to Colorado.

In addition to the Pac-12 schools mentioned, Lang had scholarship offers from schools like Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

In his own words … “I’m super excited about coming to Boulder,” Lang said. “I really liked the family environment, everything with the coaches from coach (Darian) Hagan to coach MacIntyre and the players, it just felt like the right fit. Colorado has a beautiful campus and all of the surrounding area as well.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

Injured Buffs doing well

From CUBuffs.com … Running back Donovan Lee, who suffered a broken leg in spring ball, has been cleared for full drills and has been participating fully in summer workouts. Fellow running back Kyle Evans, meanwhile, who suffered a dislocated hip in the spring, is far ahead of his original rehab schedule and could be cleared for full speed work late in camp.

 

Senior linebacker Rick Gamboa: “The responsibility of being a captain is a big responsibility”

From CUBuffs.com … Make no mistake, Colorado linebacker Rick Gamboa has heard the chatter. So has every other member of the CU defense.

It is not a popular theme.

While there are a number of variations, the basic idea is this: One year after the Buffs defense paved the way for a 10-4 finish and a Pac-12 South title, it will be the offense that carries the load in 2017.

To be fair, it’s not difficult to see why that theory exists. The CU defense that last year was among the national top 20 in total defense and scoring defense lost eight starters, a defensive coordinator and two more defensive assistants.

That kind of math doesn’t add up to a repeat performance.

CU’s offense, meanwhile, returns a bevy of talented skill position players, a veteran line and a coaching staff that remained intact in the offseason. An offense that was among the nation’s top 50 a year ago should ostensibly be even better this season.

Thus the theory of flipped roles.

Gamboa, however, isn’t buying the theory. Neither are his defensive teammates. Rather, the mere suggestion that the defense might take even a slight step back causes Gamboa’s eyes to narrow, his jaw to clench — followed by the slightest hint of a smile, the kind of smile that suggests he knows something of which others aren’t aware.

“Everyone can think what they want,” the junior inside linebacker said this week. “Everyone’s going to find out Sept. 1.”

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July 11th

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CU athletic director Rick George conducts annual media roundtable

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Having just put the finishing touches on one of the more successful overall years in Colorado Athletics history, CU Athletic Director Rick George is already looking forward to what he firmly believes will be another banner year for the Buffs.

George made that clear at his annual media “roundtable” at Monday’s Casotti Classic, named in honor of former Sports Information Director and Associate Athletic Director Fred Casotti, who served at CU for 50 years.

The Buffs are coming off a year in which 14 of their 16 varsity programs either finished the season ranked in the nation’s top 25 or were nationally ranked at some point in their season. That includes dramatic turnarounds by the soccer program (from 12th in the Pac-12 to second) and the football team (from last in the Pac-12 South to first).

But along with the on-the-field performances, George noted that CU’s student-athletes recorded a 2.994 grade-point average in the spring semester, the best since CU began tracking the overall performance in 1994 — and the sixth straight semester the Buffs have eclipsed the 2.9 mark. CU athletes have only had seven semesters of 2.9 or better since the department began keeping track.

“Probably the thing I’m most excited about is that our academics continue to excel and get better every year,” George said.

The just completed fiscal year also marked the third straight year the department’s overall budget finished in the black — something that George made a priority when he took the job four years ago.

“Our fiscal situation is still really good,” George said. “It’s something that we made a commitment that we would do.”

George also noted that CU will host the first-ever Pac-12 women’s lacrosse championship next April; and that CU has made changes in its student-athlete meal service that will result in athletes being able to keep more of their stipends while still providing service to all athletes (including walk-ons).

George also commented on the new state law about to come into effect that will allow the athletic department to award contracts to as many coaches and administrators as they see fit. Prior to this law change, CU was limited to six long-term contracts for the entire school. George said he will begin meeting with the school’s legal team to map out a strategy.

“We’ll obviously put it in front of the regents for their approval and we hope to start that process this fall,” George said. “It’s a big deal. It’s a game changer in a lot of ways and I appreciate the support we got from the regents and that we got from the state legislature to get that approved. I think it’s really important for us to be competitive that we’re able to offer multi-year contracts to more than just five people. The other part that is really good and helpful is that campus gets their six back and campus can use those for distinguished faculty or however they feel fit for those. That’s a real positive thing and I think people forget about that aspect of it.”

George and several members of CU’s coaching staff, including football coach Mike MacIntyre, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s hoops coach JR Payne, along with a number of CU administrators, recently finished a statewide tour. The message on the tour was loaded with optimism, and George reiterated that feeling on Monday.

“We have great expectations for all of our teams and our student athletes this year,” George said. “One thing I really enjoy about our department is our student-athletes and our coaches really push each other. When they see one being successful, they want to have that same kind of success.”

Other topics George touched upon Monday included:

On the football team: “We have big expectations for our football team. We had a great year last year at 10-2 in the regular season. I know a lot of people think we lost a lot of players and we did — we lost a lot of really good football players, but we’ve got a lot coming back. …

I know Mike likes his team and while we may be a little bit younger on defense we’ve got some guys that can really play. Offensively I’m really excited to see what this corps of receivers and (quarterback) Steven Montez does.”

On men’s basketball:  “Listening to (Boyle), there’s an excitement in his voice about this team this year. They are going to be young, but we’ve got some good veterans coming back. Our expectation is that we’ll improve on what we did this year.”

Facility improvements: First on the list, George said, is to finish the fundraising goal to help pay off the Champions Center and Indoor Practice Facility. CU has now reached close to $101 million in its “Drive For $105 Million,” but George said realistically he would like to see that number hit about $115 million.

As for future improvements, he knows that a sound system at Folsom Field is high on fans’ wish list. “We got rails in for them last year (at Folsom and the Events Center) and we changed the sound system in the Coors Events Center a year ago. That (Folsom sound system) is one of the priorities. But it’s a couple million dollar project we don’t have right now.”

Still, George said, CU is beginning the process of putting together a long-term facilities plan. The plan would include making structural repairs and improvements at Folsom and an upgrade of Balch Fieldhouse. “We’ve got some thoughts about that, and that’s something we’ll work with campus on,” George said. “While that facility is great, where it sits on campus, it kind of connects academics and athletics. There’s a lot of things we could do there.”

Also on the long-term agenda is an upgrade to CU’s lacrosse facilities. “We’re playing on a rec field,” George said. “It’s been great and it’s been a great partnership with campus, but we need to upgrade some of those things. If we’re going to host Pac-12s, do we do that on Kittredge or do we do that on Prentup? That’s something we have to think through. …. There’s a lot of things we need to do, but it’s a 5- to 10-year to-do list.”

Naming rights: CU officials are also continuing the process of shopping naming rights to a number of CU’s athletic facilities, a move that could add some significant money to the coffers. “We’re looking to name the Champions Center, potentially the stadium, not the field; our indoor facility and renaming the Events Center,” George said. “Definitely something that we’re working on.”

Non-traditional revenue: For the second straight year, a pair of shows by the Dead and Co. produced some significant revenue. George said CU isn’t likely to improve the number of concerts at Folsom each year, but could add one in the fall at the Events Center, and the possibility of other events is also something that is always under consideration. Still, he added, “We don’t want to stray too far from our core operations.”

Strategic plan: With the first three-year strategic plan implemented by George after his arrival just completed, the Buffs will soon announce the second three-year plan. While the vision of producing a continued culture of excellence will not change, George said the new plan’s mission will be more student-athlete oriented and have less focus on budgetary concerns.

“There will be a heavy focus on student-athlete personal development that will be everything from health and wellness to academics to their career and where they go afterwards,” he said. “Our vision’s still the same on where we want to be in 15 years, but this will be more focused on student-athlete development, and you won’t see as much about the budget because we feel we’ve made great strides in that regard.”

Gulbrand replacement: CU is already in the process of searching for a replacement for Kurt Gulbrand, the Associate Athletic Director for Development. Gulbrand announced earlier this summer that he has accepted a position at the University of Tennessee.

“That’s going to be a big loss for us,” George said. “He oversaw a lot of our fundraising efforts in the Buff Club and did a great job. But we have a great team in place and we’re in the process of searching for his replacement. … We hope to have that hire by the middle of August so when we get into the football season we’re ready to move full speed. We’ll miss Kurt; he’s done an amazing job for us. The last three years we’ve had historic highs in our fundraising every year and a lot of credit goes to him and his team.”

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July 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Australian Sebastian Olver student visa comes through

From the Daily Camera … While most of Colorado’s new class of freshmen football players has been in Boulder for several weeks preparing for the upcoming season, Sebastian Olver has been in his native Australia, his stress level rising.

About a week ago, however, Olver – and the Buffs – breathed a sigh of relief as his student visa came through. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound athlete will arrive in Boulder later this month, he said, just in time to report for CU’s first day of preseason camp on July 28.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’ve sacrificed a lot to come to America and play football. I knew it was going to work out and I knew I wasn’t going to give up. I’m just excited it’s finally in writing and I’m coming, getting on a plane. It’s going to be a very long flight, with a lot to think about.”

Olver, who is from Brisbane, Australia, came to the U.S. two years ago and played two seasons at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif. After high school, he went home to Australia to wait for his student visa to be renewed.

“These visas can be a little tricky, especially if it’s a student visa,” he said. “I’m just relieved.”

Continue reading story here

CUBuffs.com Sebastian Olver bio … HIGH SCHOOL—He played just two seasons of football at Marin Catholic for head coach Mazi Moayed, helping lead his team to the Marin County League Championship and an appearance in the CIF Division 3 title game with an 11-3 record. He posted 53 tackles in 11 games as a senior, 16 for losses and had eight sacks en route to earning Marin Independent Journal Defensive Player of the Year honors. His team’s defense allowed a county-low 262.7 yards per game and just 140.6 in MCAL play when they went 7-0 in league games. In his first season playing football, he was a first-team All-MCAL selection as a defensive lineman and also was named honorable mention as a punter. He helped his team to a 12-2 record in his first season at Marin Catholic and an appearance in the CIF Open Division Small School championship game. He played rugby and basketball growing up in Australia and while vacationing in the United States in 2014 he attended a Notre Dame football camp where he was urged by coaches there to play football. He then moved to the United States and moved in with a teammate at Marin Catholic at the beginning of his junior season.

Chad Brown, Stan Brock and Mark Haynes to join Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame – Class of 2017

From CUBuffs.com … The 13th class that will be inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame this November 10 will feature 10 Golden Buffalo legends who are representative of eight sports in the school’s history, all of whom left indelible marks in their CU athletic careers.

The 10, two of whom will be honored posthumously, represent those eight different sports over a period that spans from the early 1940s to early last decade, covering seven different decades in all.  Included in the group are a pair of football teammates from the ’70s; two of CU’s standout female performers basketball and volleyball in the early 1990s; the school’s first star skier; one of CU’s first high-profile national recruits in men’s basketball; a national cross country individual champion; a longtime coach and state golfing legend; a member of three conference champion football teams who had an outstanding and lengthy career in the pros; and a man who rose from manager of the football team to several full-time positions in the athletic department before really making his mark nationally as one of the top administrators in college sports.

The 2017 class will be the 13th inducted into the Hall since it was conceived in 1998, and the 10 will join 91 individuals (and the 1959 ski team as a unit) who have been enshrined to date (12 have been honored previously after their deaths).

Athletic director Rick George personally notified all eight living members of the upcoming class of their impending induction, as well as the next of kin for two deceased inductees, CU’s first three-time All-American in any sport, skier Frank Brown, and longtime golf coach after lettering in the sport himself in Les Fowler.

The group will officially be inducted in the Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 10, in a luncheon ceremony at the CU Champions Center; will be featured in the Pearl Street Stampede parade that night; and then will be introduced at halftime of the CU-Southern California football game on Saturday, Nov. 11, to complete the weekend.

Those to be inducted are (click on each name for their full biography):

All three football players were high selections in the National Football League Draft, as Haynes and Brock were first round picks in 1980 (eighth and 12th overall, respectively), while Brown was a second-rounder and 44th overall in the ’93 draft.

Humphries, along with Inglewood (Calif.) High School teammate Vince Kelley, were perhaps the first two high profile national recruits in men’s basketball, while Lang herself was a big-time signee out of Washington High in Kansas City, Kan.

Downey was one of the early stars on CU’s fledgling volleyball team, joining the squad in its sixth year of existence and played a major role in the program taking a major step forward.  Torres, on the other hand, was a key in helping the Buffs go from perennial conference champion to winning CU’s first men’s national cross country championship in 2001.

Hatchell started as a football team manager doing what they do – laundry, sizing equipment, fixing helmets, to being an assistant to the athletic director, the late Eddie Crowder and being the right-hand man to ski coach Bill Marolt at the front end of CU’s eight straight NCAA ski titles.  After a short stint as co-sports information director, he moved on to several high profile collegiate positions with the Big 8, Metro and Southwest conferences, with a run as the Orange Bowl’s executive director sprinkled in-between, to where he is now, the top man with the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Frank Brown was an All-American in both alpine and Nordic events three straight years, while Fowler starred as a golfer in the late 1940s and took over coaching the team in 1948 through his retirement midway during the 1976-77 athletic year.

All inductees were nominated by their peers in the Alumni C-Club or by members of the selection committee; 27 semifinalists emerged from over 60 names originally submitted over the last three years.  There are now 101 members (plus the ’59 ski team, CU’s first national champions) in the CU Athletic HOF since its inception in 1998.  An athlete must be at least 10 years removed from their CU career and retired from professional sports (teams) to be considered for induction.  With an induction every year instead of on a biennial basis as was the case for the first 16 years of the Hall, CU has been able to get more of those who are deserving of the recognition honored in a shorter time span with larger induction classes over the last four years.

University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame Members

(101 individuals, 1 team)

 

Inaugural Class (1998)

Byron “Whizzer” White

 

The Second Class (1999)

Gil Cruter, Burdette Haldorson, William “Kayo” Lam, Joe Romig, Lisa Van Goor

 

The Third Class (2000)

David Bolen, Jimmie Heuga, Dean Lahr, J. Allen “Pat” Patten

 

The Fourth Class (2002)                           

Dick Anderson, Harry Carlson, Darian Hagan, Carroll Hardy, Hale Irwin, Russell “Sox” Walseth

 

The Fifth Class (2004)

Don Branby, Eddie Crowder, Cliff Meely, Frank Potts, Shelley Sheetz, Bill Toomey, John Wooten.

 

The Sixth Class (2006)

The 1959 NCAA Championship Ski Team, Bobby Anderson, Fred Casotti, Adam Goucher, Bill Marolt, Bill McCartney

 

The Seventh Class (2008)

Don Campbell, Frank Clarke, Kara Grgas-Wheeler Goucher, Billy Lewis, Dave Logan, John Stearns, Claude Walton, Dal Ward, Alfred Williams

 

The Eighth Class (2010)                            

Ceal Barry, Eric Bieniemy, Tera Bjorklund, Cliff Branch, Kelly Campbell, Ken Charlton, Dale Douglass, Bob Stransky, Bridget Turner, Buddy Werner

 

The Ninth Class (2012)                             

Frank Bernardi, Alan Culpepper, Mary Decker-Slaney, Boyd Dowler, Joe Garten, Jack Harvey, Steve Jones, Leason “Pete” McCloud, Vidar Nilsgard, Matt Russell, Rashaan Salaam, Larry Zimmer

 

The 10th Class (2014)                               

Bob Beattie, Forrest B. “Frosty” Cox, Jim Davis, Deon Figures, Bob Jeangerard, Linn Long, Don Meyers, Herb Orvis, Yvonne Scott

 

The 11th Class (2015)                               

Chauncey Billups, Jon Burianek, Bill Fanning, Stephan Hienzsch, Frank Prentup, Mike Pritchard, Mark Scrutton, Erin Scholz, Nicole Vranesh, Scott Wedman, Tom Woodard

 

The 12th Class (2016)                               

Dale “Pete” Atkins, Bill Brundige, Ted Castaneda, Sara Gorton, Jerry Hillebrand, Chris Hudson, Bob Justice, Bobby Kalinowski, Jim Miller, Fran Munnelly, Shaun Vandiver, Michael Westbrook

 

The 13th Class (2017)                               

Stan Brock, Chad Brown, Frank Brown, Karrie Downey, Les Fowler, Steve Hatchell, Mark Haynes, Jay Humphries, Jamillah Lang, Jorge Torres

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July 9th 

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Phillip Lindsay and Derek McCartney will accompany Mike MacIntyre to Pac-12 media days

From NCAA.com … The 2017-18 college football season is drawing closer, which means it’s time for coaches to take the podium for their annual media days.

The Pac-12’s media days will take place from July 26-27 in Hollywood, California.

Here is the official schedule for the Pac-12 media days.

Wednesday July, 26 (all times pacific) 

9 a.m. – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
9:40 a.m. – ARIZONA – Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, Jacob Alsadek (OL), DeAndre’ Miller (LB)
10:05 a.m. – CALIFORNIA – Head Coach Justin Wilcox, Tre Watson (RB), James Looney (DT)
10:30 a.m. – UCLA – Head Coach Jim Mora, Scott Quessenberry (OT), Kenny Young (LB)
10:55 a.m. – OREGON STATE – Head Coach Gary Andersen, Ryan Nall (RB), Manase Hungalu (LB)
11:20 a.m. – COLORADO – Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, Phillip Lindsay (RB), Derek McCartney (LB)
11:45 a.m. – WASHINGTON – Head Coach Chris Petersen, Jake Browning (QB), Keishawn Bierria (LB)

Thursday, July 27

9:40 a.m. – OREGON – Head Coach Willie Taggart, Justin Herbert (QB), Troy Dye (LB)
10:05 a.m. – ARIZONA STATE – Head Coach Todd Graham, Kalen Ballage (RB), JoJo Wicker (DL)
10:30 a.m. – STANFORD – Head Coach David Shaw, Bryce Love (RB), Harrison Phillips (DT)
10:55 a.m. – WASHINGTON STATE – Head Coach Mike Leach, Jamal Morrow (RB), Peyton Pelluer (LB)
11:20 a.m. – USC – Head Coach Clay Helton, Sam Darnold (QB), Cam Smith (LB)
11:45 a.m. – UTAH – Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, Salesi Uhatafe (RG), Filipo Mokofisi (DT)

There will also be a live television show following all the action from media days on Pac-12 Networks from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PT on July 26 and 27.

The Pac-12 football schedule can be found here. The 2017 Pac-12 Championship game is set for Friday, Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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July 7th

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Neill Woelk – Storylines for Fall Camp 

… Fall Camp opens July 28th … Season opener against CSU eight weeks away (September 1st) … 

From Neill Woelk at CUBuffs.com … Cleaning out the notebook with some notes, observations and questions as Mike MacIntyre‘s Colorado Buffaloes approach the three-week countdown to the opening of fall camp (July 28):

1. Biggest question of camp?

2. Most difficult hole to fill this year?

3. Unheralded player ready to make name for himself

4. Is quarterback Steven Montez ready to take the next step?

5. Most intense position battle

6. Is O-line ready to take another step forward?

7. Does RB Phillip Lindsay have another gear?

8. Impact player on defense many folks have forgotten about

9. So what about that defensive line?

10. Who has the edge in CU’s opener?

… Read Neill Woelk’s answers to these questions here …

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July 6th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Rocky Mountain Showdown tickets go on sale Wednesday

From the Daily Camera … Tickets for the Rocky Mountain Showdown will go on sale Wednesday.

The annual football game pitting in-state rivals Colorado and Colorado State will be held Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.

CU fans can purchase tickets at CUBuffs.com or by calling 303-49-BUFFS.

This year’s matchup, to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, will be the 17th to be played in Denver. Colorado leads the all-time series with the Rams, 64-22-2, including 10-6 in Denver.

CU is seeking a third consecutive win in the series, something neither team has done since CU won three in a row from 2003-05.

… Continue reading story here …

2018 verbal commit Jarek Broussard excited to be a Buff

From the Daily Camera … As a high school sophomore, Jarek Broussard had an opportunity to visit Colorado for a church camp.

When the opportunity came up about a year later to visit for a football camp, he couldn’t pass that up.

Now, Broussard is looking forward to making the Centennial State his home after high school. A senior-to-be at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, the 2018 recruit gave his verbal commitment to Colorado last month.

“I had been to Colorado for a church camp once and I really liked the atmosphere,” he said. “Going back from a football standpoint I thought would be even cooler. I ended up camping there and had the time of my life. I met the staff and it just felt like a place I would want to be for the next four years after high school.”

… Continue reading story here …

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July 5th

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Sports Illustrated – Top 40 Workout Warriors in College Football includes CU’s Drew Lewis

From Bruce Feldmen of Sports Illustrated … I’ve been compiling my annual Freaks list of college football’s top workout warriors in the sport for almost 15 years now. I set out to showcase the guys who create some of the biggest buzz inside their programs by displaying the rare physical abilities that wow folks who are typically used to observing gifted athletes. This list is compiled with the help of many coaches, players and sports information directors around the nation.

26. Drew Lewis, Linebacker – Colorado

The Buffaloes’ cornerback Isaiah Oliver is a pretty good candidate for this list too as he excels for the Colorado track team, but I’m going with their 6’2”, 220-pound inside linebacker. This spring Lewis broad jumped 10’10”, which is better than any linebacker did at this year’s NFL combine. He also power cleaned 345, second-most on the entire team, and squatted 435 for six reps. Lewis has quite the pedigree. His dad, Will, played CB in the NFL and CFL and is now the director of scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs. His uncle, Tim, was a standout DB at Pitt who was a first-round pick by the Green Bay Packers. Drew’s older brother Ryan is a cornerback at Pitt now. He also has three cousins who played football at Pitt, including former NFL DB-turned-front office man-turned-ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.

… Full story can be found here …

CU Launches Ralphie’s 50th anniversary campaign

From CUBuffs.com … For five decades, University of Colorado live buffalo mascot Ralphie has roamed the sidelines in Folsom field.

Since 1967, CU’s beloved mascot has led the team out on to the field before games. After well over 300 games and many more appearances, the University of Colorado will celebrate Ralphie’s 50th Anniversary this 2017 season and the year-long celebration was launched Tuesday night at the Fourth of July firework show at Folsom Field.

Ralphie, with a team of varsity student-athletes called Ralphie Handlers, is a symbol of Buff pride and is best known for leading the football team onto the field on game day. As one of the most exclusive sights in college or professional sports, even opposing teams are excited to watch her round the end zone and fly by their sideline.

Each year, about 15 Ralphie Handlers train for many hours to run with Ralphie in the most thrilling mascot display in all of college sports. They have to be strong and fast to run with Ralphie V who weighs to 1,200 pounds and can run up to 25 mph.

Being a Ralphie Handler takes up to 30 hours a week during football season and up to 15 hours a week the rest of the year. While the Ralphie Handlers are volunteers, the Ralphie Live Mascot Program uses donations to pay for everything else—including premium hay, care for Ralphie, custom harnesses, ropes, gloves, travel, and Nike workout and game gear for the handlers.

As part of the 50th Anniversary, CU is looking to continue the legacy of its live mascot Ralphie and her handlers. It has set a goal to raise $50,000 by the end of the 2017 football season to keep the Ralphie program alive and well.

Fans of Colorado and Ralphie lovers can make a direct donation to the Ralphie Handler program online through the crowdfunding page CU has set up.

Click here to go to that crowdfunding page.

CU is also offering rewards for those who donate this fall to the Ralphie program and fans are encouraged to share widely on social media their fond memories of Ralphie.

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July 4th – Happy Independence Day!!

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mike MacIntyre: “The team is real confident in Steven Montez” 

From the Daily Camera … To this point, Mike MacIntyre’s tenure as the head football coach at Colorado has been synonymous with the career of quarterback Sefo Liufau.

Both arrived in Boulder for the 2013 season. Both endured three excruciating losing seasons. And, together they were the faces of CU’s resurgent 2016 season, in which the Buffs went 10-4 and won the Pac-12 South division with an 8-1 conference record.

Even as Liufau battled injuries last season, MacIntyre stuck with his veteran quarterback, who is CU’s all-time leading passer and yet became more of a running threat during the second half of last season.

MacIntyre and the Buffs now enter a new era, so to speak, as Liufau has exhausted his eligibility and sophomore Steven Montez is set to take the reins of the offense.

The young gunslinger appears ready to handle the job.

“I’m excited, to say the least,” Montez said.

… It would not be a surprise to see Montez challenge Liufau’s single-season CU record for touchdown passes (28, in 2014) or passing yards (3,200, also in 2014). It also wouldn’t be a surprise if he challenged the CU record for most interceptions thrown in a season (16, by John Hessler in 1997), because of his gunslinger mentality.

… Continue reading Daily Camera quarterback preview here …

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July 3rd

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buffs’ defensive line talented, but inexperienced

From the Daily Camera … Every week throughout the 2016 season, the Colorado football team knew what it would get from its defense line.

Jordan Carrell, Samson Kafovalu and Josh Tupou were not only stout up front, but reliable. Week in and week out, that trio — all seniors — showed up to play.

With all three now gone, the Buffaloes face the task of finding not only a new set of starters, but some quality depth behind them.

“We still have a ways to go,” defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said after spring football. “(Senior Leo Jackson III) is the only one with any game experience, so when the lights come on, some of those guys are going to have to get used to playing in that environment, but I think we have a group of guys to work with.”

Technically, Jackson isn’t the only defensive lineman with game experience, but he’s got a lot more than anyone else on the roster and will be counted on as a leader up front.

“I expect a lot out of him,” defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat said.

… Continue reading Daily Camera defensive line preview here …

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July 2nd

… CU in a few minutes … 

Hagan v. Johnson in basketball benefit dedicated to Rashaan Salaam for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

From Eventbrite.com … Join us at the DeVaughn Levy-Hagan Memorial Basketball Game!

Watch Buff Legends Darian Hagan vs. Charles Johnson compete with their teams of CU Alumni Athletes and Friends.

This benefit is dedicated to Rashaan Salaam for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Proceeds will benefit nationally touring critically acclaimed play ‘A Day for Grace’ serving communities to address these issues.

Tickets include admission to the basketball game and Pasta Jay’s dinner with the players following the game

Event Sponsored by Pasta Jay’s and Bovine Metropolis Theater

When:
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 3–7pm

Where:
Boulder Country Day School Gymnasium
4820 Nautilus Court North
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Ticket prices include basketball game and dinner:
$25 for Adults
$10 for Kids

Sponsor Packages: (Click on Tickets for details and to purchase a package)
$1000 Slam Dunk Sponsor
$500 Full Court Sponsor
$250 Three Point Sponsor
$100 Free Throw Sponsor

This year’s basketball game will be held at Boulder Country Day School Gymnasium and will be followed by dinner with the players. All attendees receive a ticket for the game 3-5pm and will join the players for dinner from 5-7pm. Bidding for the silent auction items will available online starting at 11am.

Funds raised will support the Fall 2017 Boulder StoryHealers production of A Day for Grace
Boulder StoryHealers mission is to humanize and improve mental health through the power of storytelling
Boulder StoryHealers is a project of the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, a 501(c)3.

For more information on this event, please contact Jessica Vincent at 720-220-3549 or e-mail at jessica@boulderstoryhealers.org

Phillip Lindsay: “For me, I’m never satisfied with what I’ve done”

From the Daily Camera … Throughout the history of Colorado football, there have been some great running backs to come through Boulder.

All the way back to Kayo Lam and Byron “Whizzer” White in the 1930s, CU has had a tradition of stellar backs, including Charlie Davis, James Mayberry, Eric Bieniemy, J.J. Flannigan, Chris Brown, Rodney Stewart and, of course, the late Rashaan Salaam, who won CU’s only Heisman Trophy in 1994.

Coming into this season, senior Phillip Lindsay has a chance to do something none of the greats ever did.

Lindsay rushed for 1,189 yards last season and could become the first player in CU history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Bieniemy, CU’s all-time leading rusher and one of the men who recruited Lindsay to Boulder, is the only player in program history with two 1,000-yard seasons (1988 and 1990).

A Denver native, Lindsay could put himself among the top three rushers in CU history with a great season, and he could wind up among the top 15 in receptions, as well.

… Continue reading the Daily Camera running back preview here …

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July 1st

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buffs’ weakest link? Perhaps it’s the linebacker corps

From the Daily Camera … Colorado football fans have yet to get much of a look at the players that will man the middle of the Buffaloes’ defense.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre has seen enough, however, to feel confident that CU will once again get quality play from its inside linebackers.

Led by junior Rick Gamboa, who has racked up 175 tackles over the past two years, CU’s inside linebackers are talented, but mostly unproven.

“I feel good about all those guys,” MacIntyre said. “If our linebackers stay healthy, Rick Gamboa can make plays and Drew Lewis and Akil (Jones) can run like the wind. We just have to find some other guys to help us on special teams and fill in for injuries and be ready to go.”

… Continue reading the Daily Camera linebacker preview here …

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15 Responses to “Colorado Daily”

  1. ep

    any 4 or 5 star LBs out there that want to see the field as a freshman or would rather sit on the bench at your glamour school?

  2. buffnaustin

    I am excited about our receiving corp. they should help the running game by stretching the opponents defenses. I am a bit anxious about Montez, while he showed flashes last year I am concerned about the long haul Hopefully it is just early summer jitters on my part.

  3. THE VK

    Ol cogee. You are old

  4. ep

    I see Bobo having a breakout year with Fields and Ross being keyed on. The only problem will be if a lessor player is in the slot

  5. WarBuff

    I know most don’t see Bailer as a rival, but I appreciate any catastrophe they experience. Not sure how to categorize Bailer, but their misfortune brings a certain schadenfreude to my dark side.

  6. ep

    Boulder is the best…but its hard to tell when you look at the other top 20 sites that were chosen. Fargo??? Manhattan??? College Station??? any place in Illinois??
    As much as I hate to say this Fort Fun kicks Most of their butts

  7. Nickolas McCombe

    hahaha! Boulder diverse???? not economically or racially…..like at all. I’ve lived in boulder for 28 years. Love CU.

    • ep

      28 years? pffft. You werent there for the good ol days

      • Old Codger

        Oh? And you were, you pup?

        • Viktor

          And you were here how long? You still here or you gone?

          Been here 45. First visit here a family visit in 57. Great place.

          Buffs

          • Old Codger

            Well, well….its VK, VictorKing, Viktor, THE VK….all semi-live and in-person!

            Id tell ya eggzackly how long, but then I’d have to kill ya!

            Let’s just say(truthfully) I’m a Boulder native, still around and it’s been 55+ years! Remember Dal Ward? I do! His daughter was a student teacher of mine, as was John Beard…you do remember him, right? (No fair looking him up in the Plati book!)

            Recall what players from both teams did after a game at Folsom in the Fifties and early Sixties?

        • ep

          I was a freshman in 67. that makes 50 years…and I am a pup. Still climb 14ers and work contruction and ranch

          • Old Codger

            Good on ya!

            “…work construction and ranch” ??? Call us when you get a REAL job!;)

            (sarc off)

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