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August 28th

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In Karl We Trust: “I like how honest he is, I like how serious he is”

From the Daily Camera … After an offseason filled with Zoom meetings in 2020, Colorado running back Alex Fontenot discovered something about his new coach last fall.

“He’s the same coach that we saw on Zoom,” Fontenot said. “He never faked anything. He stays true to who he is and that’s what a lot of us like about him.”

Karl Dorrell had a difficult task in 2020. Hired as CU’s head coach on Feb. 23 – about two months after most coaching changes – he then had to navigate the Buffs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite being hired late, not having spring practices, having the season delayed until November and then shortened, Dorrell led the Buffs to a 4-2 record and he won Pac-12 coach of the year honors. Along the way, however, he won something more important: the trust of his players.

“I like how honest he is, I like how serious he is,” quarterback Brendon Lewis said. “He wants to win and he’s here to win and I want to win. He cares about his players. I like that a lot about him.”

About 18 months ago, the Buffs were skeptical and maybe a little leery about putting their trust in Dorrell.

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Neill Woelk Previews Inside Linebackers: Nothing to Suggest Nate Landman won’t be a Full Speed

From CUBuffs.com … Throughout fall camp, the sight of No. 53 on the field and making plays for the Colorado Buffaloes’ defense has been a welcome, comforting sight.

Nate Landman is back — and the CU defense has its touchstone firmly in place for 2021.

Landman suffered a ruptured Achilles vs. Utah last December, in CU’s regular-season finale. Because of the severity of the injury, there was no guarantee Landman would be ready to play this fall.

But an offseason of tireless rehabilitation put him on track. Now, CU has it’s All-Pac-12 performer, 2020 Butkus Award semifinalist and 10th-leading all-time tackler in program history ready to make his senior season a memorable one.

Already, Landman has notched his place in CU history. He is just the third player in Buffs annals to average 10.0 tackles per game for three straight years, joining CU greats Barry Remington and Greg Biekert.

“He’s a great leader for us,” said CU head coach Karl Dorrell, who was no doubt elated when Landman announced last winter that he would return to CU for one more season. “He’s a catalyst. He’s a guy that leads by not only what he says but also what he does. You wish you had 120 Nate Landmans on your team to have that mentality.”

Landman’s return no doubt bolsters a CU defense that needs to take a step forward this year. His mere presence gives the Buffs a swagger, and combined with outside ‘backer Carson Wells, they give CU one of the better linebacker tandems in the nation.

“You can see his leadership, how confident the defense is when he’s out there,” Dorrell said. “With Carson, when all those pieces are back and we’re ready to roll, it’s going to be special … They have a chance to be a really good defense.”

In camp, Landman showed no signs of being hampered by the injury. In fact, position coach Mark Smith said he’s seen nothing to suggest the senior star won’t be at full speed.

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August 27th

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Safety Isaiah Lewis has gone from backup to leader: “I’m helping in getting the young guys going”

From the Daily Camera … Every year, there are underclassmen making an impact in college football, proving themselves early in their careers.

Many others, such as Colorado’s Isaiah Lewis, take some time to grow their game.

“I feel like I took the natural course, or just not maybe the true freshman course,” Lewis said.

In 2020, the 6-foot, 205-pound safety had a breakout year, going from career backup to one of the Buffaloes’ top defenders during their six-game COVID-19 pandemic-shortened season.

Now, he’s a leader on a team hoping to take the next step forward as the Sept. 3 opener against Northern Colorado (7 p.m., TV: Pac-12 Networks) approaches).

“I’m helping in getting the young guys going,” Lewis said. “I think they definitely look to me for help. I’m just trying to build depth, get in the playbook and then give them the answers that they need.”

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August 26th

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ESPN: CU will go bowling in 2021

From ESPN … The 2021 college football season is just about ready to kick off, and while there are sure to be innumerable twists, turns, thrills and chills along the way, we’re going to skip the main course and head right to the dessert table by predicting all 44 bowl matchups, including the College Football Playoff semifinals and CFP National Championship game.

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach have dusted off their crystal balls and made their preseason picks, and will continue to hone their bowl forecasts as the season progresses. But for now, here’s how they see bowl season shaping up.

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
Bonagura: Colorado vs. San Jose State
Schlabach: UCLA vs. Boise State

Redbox Bowl
Site TBD
Bonagura: Minnesota vs. California
Schlabach: Nebraska vs. Colorado

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Petco Park (San Diego)
Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Pitt
Schlabach: Stanford vs. NC State

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome (San Antonio)
Bonagura: Texas vs. Washington
Schlabach: Texas vs. Washington

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas)
Bonagura: Utah vs. Indiana
Schlabach: Michigan vs. Arizona State

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, Texas)
Bonagura: UCLA vs. Wake Forest
Schlabach: Utah vs. Boston College

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)
Bonagura: USC vs. Texas A&M
Schlabach: Oregon vs. Cincinnati

Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)
Bonagura: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Schlabach: Ohio State vs. USC

Just for fun: A ranking of Nebraska’s Top 100 losses since 62-36

… With a tip of the hat to Cubuffaloes at BuffStampede.com for finding this article … 

From the Omaha World-Herald (from last November) … How appropriate that it happened on Black Friday.

Nineteen years ago, the day after Thanksgiving, undefeated Nebraska traveled to rival Colorado and ran into a stampede: 62-36.

Husker football has never been the same. From the Rocky Mountains that afternoon, it’s been all downhill.

Nebraska’s 26-20 loss to Iowa on Friday was the program’s 100th loss since Colorado 2001. So being a glutton for punishment, I decided to rank them according to the pain inflicted on the Big Red fan base.

From the Rose Bowl to the Independence Bowl, from Blacksburg to Lubbock to Eugene to Happy Valley. You’ll find eight losses to Wisconsin; seven against Iowa; six to Texas, Colorado and Ohio State; five against Oklahoma and Northwestern. You’ll find Southern Miss, Northern Illinois and Troy, too.

I first compiled a list like this in October 2015 during the snakebitten first year of Mike Riley. At that point, the Huskers had dropped 66 games since November 2001. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that Nebraska would get to 100 only five years later. But here we are …

My subjective criteria for measuring most painful: 1) how long the loss lingered; 2) how the game ended; 3) significance of the game; and 4) level of embarrassment or ineptitude.

The exercise provides valuable perspective on Nebraska’s hellish 19 years, but please do not read this while chewing on leftover turkey. You might choke and, frankly, I don’t want to be sued.

The list of Nebraska’s 100 most painful losses …

98 — Colorado 2018 (33-28)

This should’ve hurt worse. But it was Scott Frost’s opener, and Adrian Martinez looked mighty intriguing.

86 — Colorado 2007 (65-51)

White pants, white flag. The Huskers gave up 41 after halftime. The next morning, Osborne put Callahan out of his misery.

81 — Colorado 2002 (28-13)

After building a 13-7 lead, Nebraska’s offense broke down and the Sea of Red parted early. “I guess they wanted to beat the traffic,” Dahrran Diedrick said.

49 — Colorado 2004 (26-20)

Memorable only for its consequences — the first losing season since 1961 and first bowl-less season since ’68. “Great empires, they fall,” Dailey said. “Great leaders, they fall. And great college football teams, they fall.”

21 — Colorado 2019 (34-31)

With a 17-0 halftime lead, the idea of losing didn’t seem possible. Then the offense stalled and the defense wilted and suddenly Frost’s second year felt like an extension of his first. “I’ve only been part of a couple that are tougher than this,” he said.

2 — Colorado 2001 (62-36) … (should have been No. 1)

No. 1 Nebraska hadn’t lost to CU in 11 years, but 18 minutes into the game, it trailed 35-3. The Buffs finished with 582 yards. “This is pretty much a nightmare,” Eric Crouch said. Nebraska arguably still hasn’t woken up.

1 — Texas 2009 (13-12)

How could a game nobody expected Nebraska to win be the most painful loss in 19 years? Because the Blackshirts produced arguably their best performance in school history. Husker fans thought they had finally toppled Texas. Then officials restored one second.

You know the rest.

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August 25th

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Defensive lineman Jalen Sami: “I’m looking forward to this season and everything I can do”

From the Daily Camera … Listed as a sophomore, Jalen Sami is still considered a young player, but the Colorado defensive lineman is actually a seasoned veteran aiming to take his game to a new level this year.

Sami graduated from Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs in 2017, just a few months after the Buffaloes won the Pac-12 South title in 2016. Since then, he’s been on a long journey that could last for another three seasons if he wants.

A grayshirt in 2017, Sami enrolled at CU in January of 2018. A knee injury that season kept him on the sidelines, but he started 11 games in 2019. Last year, he played in five of CU’s six games, but, of course, the NCAA declared that the season didn’t count towards eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, despite being 22 years old and four years removed from high school, Sami is an improving “young” player with a lot of motivation this season.

After starting 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2019, Sami was expected to improve in 2020. It turned out to be a year that didn’t live up to his expectations.

In 2019, he recorded 25 tackles in 411 snaps (one tackle every 16.4 plays). Last year, he had three tackles in 166 snaps (one for every 55.3 snaps).

“Some of it was I had an ankle injury, but I was playing through it,” Sami said. “I just wanted to do whatever I could to help the team, especially with not having that spring ball or that offseason training and just coming in. I had some other family issues that I was working on but got that handled and I came in had a good season. Not the best that I wanted, but I’m looking forward to this season and everything I can do.”

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Rick George: Update to Buff Nation

Related … Transcript of Rick George August 24th press conference … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com …

I’m excited about today’s announcement regarding the Pac-12’s alliance with the ACC and Big Ten. This alliance is a collaboration on the future evolution of college athletics and inter-conference scheduling. All 41 world class institutions across these three conferences share similar student-athlete focused values, are grounded in their support of broad-based athletic programs and provide similar opportunities for student-athletes as part of the educational mission of each institution.

This alliance will directly benefit our student-athletes in many ways. The collaboration among the 41 institutions will allow for further research in the areas of mental and physical health, student-athlete safety, and student-athlete wellness. Partnering with some of our peer institutions in this alliance on these projects is exciting and will further our excellence that we have established in the Pac-12.

This alliance is also exciting for our alumni and fans. The inter-conference scheduling will provide us the opportunity to schedule games coast to coast. We’ll be able to set marquee matchups in all of our sports, all over the country. This will allow our fans even more opportunities to watch our student-athletes compete.

This alliance is committed to leading the nation in our support for student-athletes academically, athletically and through our programs that support our student-athletes in the areas of health, safety and wellness. Student-athletes have always been our number one priority at the University of Colorado and this alliance strengthens that priority and sets us up well as we enter into the future of college athletics.

Respectfully,
Rick

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August 24th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Former Buff Cliff Branch a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022

From NBC Sports … Cliff Branch and Dick Vermeil are the first two finalists named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Branch has been chosen as the senior finalist, while Vermeil has been chosen as the coach finalist, the Hall of Fame announced today. Their candidacies will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl, along with a contributor finalist who will be named next week and 15 player finalists who will be named in January.

The Class of 2022 will have between four and eight members. Branch and Vermeil will be voted upon separately from the rest of the class.

Branch was drafted by the Raiders in 1972 and played for them through 1986. He won three Super Bowl rings, was a three-time first-team All-Pro, led the league in receiving yards in 1974 and finished his career with 501 catches for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns.

Vermeil became the Eagles’ head coach in 1976 and led them to the Super Bowl (losing to Branch’s Raiders) in 1980. He retired after the 1982 season, citing burnout, but returned to coaching with the Rams in 1997. He led them to a Super Bowl victory in 1999 before retiring again, but just a year later he again came back, coaching the Chiefs for five seasons before retiring for good.

Branch died in 2019. Vermeil released a statement to the Hall of Fame saying, “I am overwhelmed. I’m not sure I belong there.”

**Video: CU Athletic Director Rick George discusses Alliance**

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffsTV …

Rick George … “I’m excited about this announcement … We all like to compete, but through collaboration, we believe we can positively influence the future evolution of college athletics … This will increase excitement for our alumni and fans from coast to coast … Our student athletes will be our primary focus … This Alliance allows us to collaborate on issues, and brings stability to college athletics and the collegiate model … The instability in collegiate athletics is what we wanted to address with this Alliance … It’s not a joke; it’s serious; it’s important … You don’t need a contract if you trust the people you are working with … Our three commissioners have worked very hard together, looking at each other eye-to-eye … We have a lot of confidence in what we can do as a group moving forward … Our students will be able to compete on a larger stage, playing in some marquee games across the country … Being in all four time zones will be important for us in terms of visibility … The 41 institutions involved in this Alliance are all very like minded … I do think that expansion of the College Football Playoff is good. Whether 12 is the right number, I’m not sure of that yet … There will be a meeting at the end of September to see if 12 is the right number, or if there should be some modifications to it … Is eight or nine conference games the right number? We haven’t come to any conclusions on that … We’ve been comfortable with a nine-game schedule. Could we get comfortable with an eight-game schedule? We could get comfortable with that, too … It’s too early to have discussions about additional games against Nebraska, but we might create some new rivalries, with some great marquee games out there … It’s not done to spite the SEC. It’s about what’s best for the collegiate model … This Alliance will bring some stability to collegiate athletics … “.

CU Leadership Council up to 22 players: “They’re starting to take ownership and starting to govern themselves”

From the Daily Camera … One of the challenges Karl Dorrell faced in his first season as Colorado’s head football coach was in finding players willing to speak up and lead.

With Dorrell and his staff being new to the team, and the COVID-19 pandemic significantly altering the natural off-the-field growth, it was coaches who led the way.

Dorrell isn’t having trouble finding leaders this year.

“(In 2020), they were listening and doing everything that I asked them to do, but part of what I’ve asked them to do is govern themselves, too,” Dorrell said Monday after the Buffaloes completed their 17th practice of the preseason. “That part took some time to develop. I think those things, those qualities really developed over summer.

“They’re starting to take ownership and starting to govern themselves and understanding the purpose of everything that we do. They almost don’t need us, in a way, and that’s kind of the goal. I’m trying to get this team to realize that coaches can only take you to the water, but you have to drink it and make sure everybody is on the same page.”

CU opens its season on Sept. 3 at Folsom Field against Northern Colorado (7 p.m., TV: Pac-12 Network) and team leadership is taking shape.

Junior safety Isaiah Lewis was one of those players who didn’t say a lot in 2020 but is now stepping up as a leader. He’s not alone, as CU has 22 players on its leadership council.

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August 23rd

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Greg Brown returns to CU (for the fourth time), back as a volunteer assistant coaching defensive backs

From the Daily Camera … Greg Brown’s coaching career has taken him all over the country, but the Colorado native is home once again.

Brown, 63, who was let go by Purdue in December, is working as a volunteer assistant, coaching the defensive backs. Brown is on the Buffs’ staff for the fourth time. He coached CU defensive backs from 1991-93 and 2005-09 and was defensive coordinator from 2011-12.

“I coached with Greg back in the 90s here,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. “He’s an excellent coach. He had some time left on his (Purdue) contract, he has family here in the area … so he just doesn’t want to get stale. I think a lot of coaches that are not in a full-time position from being employed full time, the last thing they want to do is just sit around and not do much.

“He’s very familiar with this place, so he’s going to be a guy that we can utilize as a resource and help us on the defensive side. He has a great level of expertise and I know him personally, so I think it’s a win-win for us.”

Brown coached two Jim Thorpe Award winners (Deon Figures and Chris Hudson) at CU and has four decades of experience at the collegiate and NFL levels.,

Buffs add a last-minute walk-on quarterback

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado Buffaloes have added some depth at quarterback.

James Mott, who played the 2019 season at the University of Chicago, is joining the Buffs as a walk-on.

While schools can’t add eligible scholarship players at this point, they can add walk-ons before the first day of classes. CU starts classes Monday and Mott was accepted and enrolled just in time.

CU was in need of another quarterback after sophomore JT Shrout suffered what was called by head coach Karl Dorrell a “significant injury” to his knee during a scrimmage on Aug. 14.

Shrout’s injury left CU with only three quarterbacks on the roster: freshman Brendon Lewis, who is slated to start; and true freshmen Drew Carter and Jordan Woolverton, who is a walk-on.

A sophomore, Mott provides CU some depth and is expected to compete on the scout team. He has three seasons of eligibility.

As a true freshman at Chicago in 2019, Mott appeared in two games and completed his only pass, for five yards. Chicago, a Division III school, had its 2020 season canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, Mott announced on social media that he would be transferring to Florida Atlantic. Until recently, he was on the Owls’ roster, but never went through a practice or took classes there, leaving him eligible to play at CU this year.

Listed at 6-feet, 195 pounds, Mott was a two-star recruit in 2019 coming out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. A multi-sport athlete, Mott threw for 1,923 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior while earning league MVP honors.

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August 22nd

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Two Buff defenders make the All-Underrated Team at Pro Football Focus

From ProFootballFocus.com … PFF is uniquely equipped to name the most underrated players in America because it grades every player on every play in every game at the collegiate and professional level of football. And with the 2021 college football season just around the corner, it’s time to do just that. Below is a team of the most underappreciated college football players set to take the field this fall.

Be sure to show this group more love. They deserve it.

Edge: Carson WellsColorado

Wells enjoyed a mini-breakout in the shortened 2020 season after a couple of years of subpar play. His 78.1 PFF grade, over 11 grading points better than his 2019 mark, ranked fourth in the Pac-12. Wells’ run defense, in particular, stands out at the position. His grade in that facet ranked eighth in the Power Five, and his 14.8% run-stop rate placed second.

CB: Mekhi Blackmon, Colorado

Blackmon transferred to Colorado before the 2018 season after one year at the College of San Mateo and served in a limited role in his first season with the Buffaloes. He began 2019 as a starting outside corner but played in only four games before being shut down for the year with an injury. He came back fully healthy in 2020 and had a breakout year, starting all six of Colorado’s games and allowing the lowest catch rate of any outside cornerback in the Pac-12. He also tied for first among that same group in forced incompletion rate. And he accomplished that despite playing a fairly high rate of press-man coverage.

Blackmon played press-man coverage on roughly 29% of his coverage snaps in 2020. On the 10 targets he saw on those plays, Blackmon allowed no catches while forcing four incompletions. His grade on those plays trailed only LSU’s Eli Ricks for the best in the Power Five.

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August 21st

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Neill Woelk: Ten Takeaways from second scrimmage

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado coach Karl Dorrell put his Buffaloes through their last major scrimmage of fall training camp Saturday, with both sides of the ball once again coming up with some big moments.

“It was kind of a give-and-take scrimmage,” Dorrell said. “Offense had some good runs and passes and the defense stepped up and made a couple plays … I like where we’re at. They’re just battling each other and I love that part.”

The Buffs are now less than two weeks away from their Sept. 3 season opener against Northern Colorado at Folsom Field (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network). Overall, it’s been a successful training camp, although it has also been clouded by some costly injuries.

Our takeaways as we head down the stretch run before the opener:

1. Overall, the defense has made some big strides. This was no doubt a priority for the Buffs heading into camp as they continued to install and develop their new scheme under new coordinator Chris Wilson.

CU coaches are pleased with the progress thus far, especially with veteran linebackers Nate Landman and Carson Wells getting some snaps in Saturday’s workout.

“It’s good to see Nate out there,” Dorrell said. “You can see his leadership, how confident the defense is when he’s out there with Carson. When all those pieces are back and we’re ready to roll, it’s going to be pretty special … When they all are playing together and get better as we go, they have a chance to be a really good defense.”

2. OLBs have developed. Nobody will be surprised if All-Pac-12 performer Wells has another big year. But one big plus of camp thus far has been the play of the other outside ‘backers — Joshka GustavJamar Montgomery and Guy Thomas. All three have had solid camps and turned in excellent efforts in Saturday’s scrimmage, with each showing a knack for getting to the quarterback and playing well against the run. Montgomery appears to have improved in a big way, Gustav has picked up where he left off at the end of last season and Thomas has been consistent throughout. Having someone opposite Wells who has the ability to play in an opponent’s backfield will be a huge plus — and this group has made steady improvement in that area.

3. Mark Perry has helped strengthen the back end of the defense. This could be the year that the two-time lettermen who has flashed in the past adds consistency to his game. Now back “home” at safety, he had a big interception in Saturday’s scrimmage and also made plays against the run. A versatile player who has excellent speed and can play a physical game, Perry could give the Buffs a talented and experienced back end of the defense.

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CU’s 2016 season to be featured on Pac-12 Networks

… I’ll try to post this again Wednesday morning, but if you want to set your DVR’s now … 

From the Pac-12 Networks … Colorado fans can enjoy five throwbacks from the team’s 2016 campaign on Wednesday, August 25, starting at 6 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. MT with Ahkello Witherspoon’s interception in the end zone with 48 seconds remaining to seal Colorado’s victory over Oregon. Then-No. 12 Colorado’s victory over then-No. 20 Washington State behind Phillip Lindsay’s 144 rushing yards can be relived at 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. MT, and the Pac-12 South title-clinching win over then-No. 21 Utah follows at 10 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. MT.

Pac-12 Commissioner Kliavkoff: Football in Five Years “Likely to Look a Lot Like it Looks Today”

From Las Vegas Journal-ReviewReview-Journal: Is there anything you can tell us about realignment and its impact on the Pac-12?

Kliavkoff: “I think we’re really, really happy with the 12 that we have in the league. The opportunity to revisit that following Texas and Oklahoma has certainly presented itself. I am not actively poaching any school or convincing anyone to leave their existing conference, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t listening to schools that wanted to go in the Pac-12, and we’ve had a lot of them reach out. Probably all of the ones you would expect and several you’d be surprised by.

“We have taken initial meetings with everyone that has expressed an interest. We have a working group … who are together deciding on what to recommend … At the end of the day, they’ll make the decision about whether or not to offer admission to the Pac-12 to any other schools.”

Review-Journal: Do you have a deadline?

Kliavkoff: “There’s no hard deadline related to any of this, but I would say I don’t think it’s good for college athletics given the vibration that’s going on as a result of the Texas and Oklahoma news. The quicker we can dampen that vibration, the better. We will have a decision on whether we intend to expand or not in the next couple of weeks.”

Review-Journal: Where do you see college athletics in five years?

Kliavkoff: “I think five years from now it’s likely to look a lot like it looks today, with some exceptions at the margins. I think all of the talk about super conferences and the reclassification of some of the existing conferences is not necessarily going to happen.”

Review-Journal: That could surprise some people.

Kliavkoff: “If you ask me about 10 or 20 years from now, it may be different, but it seems like a lot of what drives this are the media-rights deals. In the next three to four years, three of the Power Five conferences are going to renegotiate those deals, but I think the membership of those conferences are going to look a lot like they do today.”

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August 20th

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Neill Woelk Offensive Line preview: “Do we have quality depth? That’s something we’re working on”

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado fans are expecting a big year this season from the Buffaloes’ run game, and for good reason. CU’s running backs room is loaded with talent.

But if reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Jarek Broussard and his cohorts are going to put up some big numbers in 2021, they’ll need exactly what the Buffs had in 2020: big fellas up front to open up big holes in the trenches.

“The reason we ran for so many yards is not just because of Jarek Broussard,” said Buffs offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini recently. “It’s the O-line. Those guys do a great job.”

CU’s offensive line did indeed put together a stellar season in 2020. Along with paving the way for a run game that averaged 218 yards per game on the ground in five regular season games, the Buffs also gave up just six quarterback sacks in those five games.

This year, the core of that O-line group is back, beginning with junior center Colby Pursell (20 career starts) and senior left guard Kary Kutsch (16 career starts). Other returnees with considerable experience include sophomore tackle Frank Fillip (eight starts), sophomore guard Casey Roddick (six starts) and junior guard/tackle Chance Lytle (three starts).

The Buffs also added a pair of transfers in the offseason who could contribute immediately in tackle Max Wray (Ohio State) and interior lineman Noah Fenske (Iowa), and sophomore Kanan Ray is getting plenty of work in fall camp at guard and tackle. Redshirt freshman Jake Wiley is getting plenty of snaps at tackle with the No. 1 group after a productive spring, and freshman Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan is also receiving some opportunities with the top two groups in training camp.

Add the presence of a handful of other young returnees and some true freshmen, and O-line coach Mitch Rodrigue finally has enough players to give the Buffs some depth at a position group that was lean in that area as recently as last spring.

“It depends on how you describe depth,” Rodrigue said recently. “We do have bodies — in the spring, we didn’t even have bodies. Do we have quality depth? That’s something we’re working on. It’s much better than in the spring, but it’s a work in progress.”

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August 19th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Will QB Drew Carter be ready if needed? – “He’s a play away from being in the game”

From the Daily Camera … All along, Colorado’s plan with Drew Carter has been to let him work out of the spotlight and spend this season getting acclimated to college football.

The Buffaloes now have a sense of urgency to get Carter up to speed.

On Saturday, sophomore JT Shrout suffered what Dorrell called a “significant injury” to his knee, which means returning freshman Brendon Lewis is the starter. That duo has battled for the starting job all offseason.

Carter, a true freshman from Tigard (Oregon) High School, is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster.

“Drew’s now our No. 2, so he gets the (second-team) reps,” head coach Karl Dorrell said. “That’s usually very difficult to get a guy ready in your first year at that position, but it can be done. I’ve done it before.”

Although this is only Dorrell’s second season at CU, he’s already shown a preference to let true freshman quarterbacks sit their first year. Lewis was never really a part of the competition to start in 2020 and didn’t play until the Alamo Bowl — after backup Tyler Lytle transferred.

Carter was never really in CU’s competition this year, either, but his chances of playing dramatically increased with Shrout’s injury.

“He understands the scope of him needing to bring up his game as fast as we can bring it up,” Dorrell said. “He’s a play away from being in the game if something happens to B-Lew.”

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August 18th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Safety Chris Miller is effective when healthy (12 games in four years): “I don’t let injuries get me down”

From the Daily Camera … Chris Miller could have moved on from football and nobody would have blamed him.

After all, during his first four seasons at Colorado, Miller has appeared in only 12 games because he’s dealt with numerous injuries, including a torn ACL, fractured thumb, torn hamstring and two shoulder injuries.

This month, however, the 6-foot, 190-pound safety from Denton, Texas, is healthy and angling to make an impact in his fifth season with the Buffaloes.

“It’s going pretty good,” Miller said. “I’m just out there communicating and getting good with the new playbook with (defensive coordinator Chris) Wilson and the rest of my defensive teammates.

“I feel like I’ve been out here every practice doing my thing and I feel like I haven’t really missed a beat. So really it’s just getting out there, get to the season and play.”

One of the most talented players on CU’s defense when he is healthy, Miller came to CU as a cornerback but transitioned to safety last year. Every time he has seemingly gained some momentum, the injury bug bites again. In 2020, he played in only two of CU’s six games because of a shoulder injury.

A love of football, a good support system and an upbeat attitude have kept him going.

… Miller is competing for a starting role at safety, enjoying the daily work with fellow safeties Isaiah Lewis and Mark Perry, along with the rest of his teammates.

“It’s been good,” he said. “We’ve all been out there competing, conversing, just working out all the kinks of our defense and just a lot of talking, so it’s good ball.”

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August 17th

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Newly anointed starter Brendon Lewis focused: “A lot less playing around, more locked in”

From the Daily Camera … Alex Fontenot has noticed a change in Colorado quarterback Brendon Lewis this week.

In the three days since sophomore JT Shrout injured his knee, thus ending the quarterback battle and making Lewis the starter, Fontenot has seen laser-sharp focus from the new leader of the offense.

“A lot less playing around, more locked in,” Fontenot, a junior running back, said Tuesday of Lewis. “A lot less talking on the sideline. He’s ready to go. He knows the role he has and he’s ready to perform.”

Mentally, Lewis has been ready for a while, but the unfortunate injury to Shrout, who will be sidelined indefinitely, has opened the door for the second-year freshman from Melissa, Texas.

“He’s excited and he’s more motivated than before, understanding the responsibility that he has,” head coach Karl Dorrell said Monday.

Even before Shrout suffered what Dorrell called a “significant” injury on Saturday, Lewis was motivated and eager to lead the Buffs this season. CU’s 2020 starter (Sam Noyer) and top backup (Tyler Lytle) have both transferred and Lewis has seized the opportunity all offseason.

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CU season ticket renewals at 78%

Tweets from Brian Howell at the Daily Camera …

As of Monday evening, Colorado has sold 18,640 season tickets, plus 5,838 student sport passes. The student number is ahead of normal considering school hasn’t started yet. CU expects to hit the max on student passes, which is around 12,000. 

Season ticket renewal rate was at 78%, which is a bit low, but I’m told a factor in that was that Nebraska fans bought season tickets 2 years ago to get tickets to that 1 game, and naturally didn’t want to renew this year. Otherwise, renewal rate likely would have been over 80%.

Personal note … My season tickets are in Section 218, which is on the 50-yard line in the East Stands … so pretty good seats. Checking out the available seats for the UNC game, it appears that less than half of the seats available in 218 have been sold. Unless there is a significant run up in ticket sales in the next two weeks, it could be pretty quiet at Folsom for the debut of Ralphie VI …

Neill Woelk Profiles CU’s Outside Linebackers – In Search of a Partner for Carson Wells

Related … “CU at the Game Podcast … CU Fall Preview: Defense

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado outside linebacker Carson Wells spent so much time in opponents’ backfields last year, he could have been charged rent.

In six games, Wells recorded 17 tackles for loss — including 6.5 sacks — and led the nation in tackles for loss per game. He also notched five quarterback hurries, eight third down stops, five pass breakups and an interception.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound junior was an easy choice as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, and his return to the CU lineup is one reason college football guru Phil Steele has named the Buffs’ overall linebacking corps the No. 7 group in the nation.

The big question for Colorado this year is who will step up and seize the job opposite Wells in OLB coach Brian Michalowski‘s group.

There are several solid candidates, each of whom gained some experience last season.

Freshman Joshka Gustav, whose main role was a pass rush specialist last year, played 91 snaps in 2020 and finished with a team-leading seven quarterback hurries. Junior Guy Thomas started in four games and finished with seven tackles; and junior Jamar Montgomery had 66 snaps on defense, including one start, and finished with four tackles.

Thus far in fall camp, all three have had their moments, but no one has yet stepped up to stake a clear claim to the other No. 1 spot.

“Carson’s our most-established outside ‘backer, a guy that’s been a multi-year starter and has been very productive,” head coach Karl Dorrell said last weekend after the first scrimmage of camp. “We know where he’s at. The other guys, we feel really good about, but they’re still pretty close. It’s not like this night-and-day difference.”

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August 16th

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Transfer LB Jack Lamb: “Physically I feel really good, completely healthy right now”

From the Daily Camera … Colorado’s scrimmage at Folsom Field on Saturday didn’t offer much of a season preview of the inside linebacker position.

All-American candidate Nate Landman sat out to keep his body fresh. Veterans Jonathan Van Diest and Robert Barnes didn’t participate either. It did, however, give newcomer Jack Lamb a good opportunity to play.

A graduate transfer from Notre Dame, Lamb was involved with several defensive plays throughout the day. It was the latest sign that Lamb has put some injury troubles behind him as he competes for playing time with the Buffs.

“Physically I feel really good, completely healthy right now,” Lamb said early in camp. “I feel like I’m in really good shape. Especially being out here in this altitude, it’s been nice for getting in shape, too, so I feel good.

Lamb played three seasons at Notre Dame, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder dealt with several injuries. That led to him falling on the Fighting Irish depth chart and making the move to Boulder.

“It’s been really exciting, just a whole new environment,” he said. “A lot different than Indiana, obviously, in terms of weather, scenery and all that. Also just meeting all these new dudes, everyone’s been great so far.”

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August 15th

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Profile: CU Hall of Famer Chris Brown

From the Daily Camera … Nearly two decades after the fact, Chris Brown still hears about one moment of his career at Colorado more than any other.

CU’s 62-36 thrashing of No. 2-ranked Nebraska on Nov. 23, 2001, is one of the most satisfying wins in Buffs’ history and it was Brown leading the charge. That night, the star running back scored six touchdowns — still a school record — in the rout of the hated Cornhuskers.

“Everybody thinks about that one, no doubt about it,” said Brown, who had 198 rushing yards and scored three of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away. “That was just such a big game. … It meant so much to a lot of people.”

Brown’s stellar CU career was much more than that remarkable game, however, and this year he is one of nine members of the CU Athletic Hall of Fame 2021 class. The class will be inducted during a ceremony the first week of November.

“It completely caught me off guard,” Brown said of receiving the Hall of Fame call from CU athletic director Rick George. “I wasn’t expecting that. To hear that come out of his mouth, I was very surprised.”

To those who saw Brown play, however, it wasn’t much of a surprise.

Brown played only two seasons at CU (2001-02), but he ranks seventh in program history in career rushing yards (2,690) and fourth in total touchdowns (34).

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August 14th

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Brendon Lewis has a good first scrimmage: “He’s a baller, period. Point blank”

From the Daily Camera … Brendon Lewis had a good performance in Saturday’s scrimmage and was clearly the Buffs’ top quarterback for the day. He moved the offense consistently down the field and threw touchdown passes to tight ends Jared Poplawski and Alec Pell.

“I thought B-Lew did some really good things,” Dorrell said.

Lewis, a second-year freshman, didn’t take any deep shots through the air, but was sharp with this throws and ran for a couple of first downs.

“He’s a baller, period. Point blank,” Stanley said. “You guys saw what he did when he got into the (Alamo Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29), first game of the year for him last year. He got out, did his thing, treats it like a practice. He balls in practice and I already know what he can do on the field.”

Carter, a three-star recruit who enrolled at CU in January, has been the clear No. 3 this fall. On Saturday, he got a chance to work with the second-team offense and led the Buffs to a pair of field goals in red zone situations.

“Drew Carter did OK, for his first scrimmage,” Dorrell said. “I thought the operation side was a little slow, as you can imagine with freshmen. But I think it was good to get him some time and experience out there playing and he had a few nice plays, too.”

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Ashaad Clayton: “I’ve got the playbook down. Everything is going smooth to me”

From the Daily Camera … After a year away from home, a season of adjustments and some disappointment along the way, Ashaad Clayton has a familiar feeling this month as the Colorado Buffaloes go through preseason practices.

“It kind of feels like high school to me,” the freshman running back said.

Of course, playing at CU is a much different level of football than Clayton played at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. But, at Warren Easton, he was a star, rushing for 2,264 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior and leading the Eagles to the state championship game.

As a freshman with the Buffs last year, he was homesick and barely touched the ball. Now, Clayton, who was a four-star recruit in the 2020 class, finally has the confidence back that he carried in high school.

“I’m doing good,” he said. “My body is feeling good, I’m moving, playing faster. I’ve got the playbook down. Everything is just going smooth to me.”

During the 2020 season, CU ranked 23rd nationally in rushing, with 212.33 yards per game. It was the first time CU averaged at least 200 yards since 2002 (241.2), but it was really a one-man show at running back.

Jarek Broussard ranked third nationally with 149.2 yards per game, while the rest of the backs combined for 16.7 yards per game.

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Neill Woelk previews CU running backs 

From CUBuffs.com … Safe to say, the Colorado Buffaloes have a wealth of talent at running back this year.

They have last year’s Pac-12 leading rusher and Offensive Player of the Year, Jarek Broussard, who burst onto the scene with 895 yards and five touchdowns in six games, finishing third in the nation with a 149.2 average.

They have Alex Fontenot, the Buffs’ leading rusher in 2019, when he rushed for 874 yards and five touchdowns.

And, they have a host of relatively untested but talented youngsters angling for their shot, including Ashaad Clayton (31 yards, two TDs in just three games last year), Joe Davis (37 yards last season), Jayle Stacks (a versatile back who can play fullback as well) and Deion Smith (returning from a knee injury).

But the number that stands out the most from last season? Try team rushing yards per game, a robust 212.3 — third-best in the Pac-12 and 23rd in the nation. The last time CU averaged more than 200 yards per game on the ground was 2002, when Chris Brown and Bobby Purify helped Colorado average 241.2 per game.

Now, the trick will be to see if the Buffs can maintain that average over a 12-game regular season.

“I loved the way we ran the football,” CU offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini said of last season. “If you can go over 200 a game in this conference consistently, you’re going to win football games.”

But one 2020 number that will almost certainly drop this year is Broussard’s average carries per game. With Fontenot out for the entire season with an injury and CU’s young players still learning the system, Broussard averaged 26 carries per game. Even in a six-game season, that workload took its toll, and it’s almost a certainty that Broussard’s carries per game will be reduced.

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August 13th

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You know it’s Friday the 13th when … an email with this guy shows up in a Buffs4Life newsletter …

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August 12th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Goal One for center Colby Pursell: Stay healthy “It’s obviously a huge deal”

From the Daily Camera … As a leader of the Colorado offensive line, Colby Pursell has some high hopes for his group and the offense in general.

Pursell’s primary personal goal, however, is simple: Stay healthy.

“It’s obviously a huge deal,” the fifth-year junior center said. “Even without the football component, wanting to be healthy is just what people should want to be. I try to be healthy all the time, I try and do what I can; try and get extra rehab when I can. I try to do extra pre-hab that I can to make sure that I’m healthy. If something doesn’t go my way, it doesn’t go my way.”

After starting all 12 games at center in 2018, he missed five games in 2019 after he had his gallbladder removed midway through the season. Last year, he missed three of the Buffs’ six games with another injury.

A week into preseason camp, Pursell is feeling good and excited about the progress of the Buffs in the trenches.

“I think we’re getting better,” he said. “There’s some new things that we’re trying to implement, some different techniques. I think we’re improving on them daily. I think we’re becoming more of a cohesive unit. We’ve got some more parts in and I think we’re meshing very well.”

… As a group, the Buffs have a good mix of veterans and youth. Leading the way is Pursell and guard/tackle Chance Lytle.

“We’ve both been here about the same amount of time,” Pursell said. “We’re trying to bring people along, try to set expectations, teach people that need help. We’ve got three new freshmen and they need help. They have to learn things and we’re trying to bring it to them.”

When healthy, this could be the best line CU has had in a few years, but there is still work to be done, Pursell said.

“There’s definitely the potential to do it,” he said. “We have some good pieces in there, for sure. It doesn’t matter about the individual pieces; we have to collectively move as one.”

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Mark Johnson interviews former Buffs Brian Cabral and Matt Russell

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August 11th 

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Tight end understatement: “There’s some depth there”

From the Daily Camera … In Brady Russell, the Colorado football team has one of the best and most experienced tight ends in the Pac-12 Conference.

Outside of Russell, however, the Buffs are a work in progress at the position.

CU has 10 tight ends on the roster, including eight on scholarship. Five of those scholarship tight ends are freshmen.

“There are different body types that are in that position, but we want to have the best balance of guys that can run and do run blocking and pass receiving, things like that,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said.

Russell, who missed most of the 2020 season with a leg injury, is back and leading the group, but the challenge of the coaching staff is developing the others.

Redshirt freshman Alec Pell, who was converted from linebacker during the 2020 season, and returning freshman Caleb Fauria are two young tight ends that have stood out during the first week of camp.

“(Pell) is growing and getting better and is getting better in his receiving game,” Dorrell said. “He’s doing better in his run blocking, too. Caleb Fauria, I think he’s made some steps of improvement since the spring, and he did some work over the summer. He looks like he’s been really working at it, looks more comfortable out there.”

True freshman Erik Olsen, from Heritage High School, is also having a good camp after sitting out part of the spring with an injury.

“Erik Olsen is probably a notch or two behind (Fauria) in terms of where he’s at from his growth, but Erik is really a talented kid,” Dorrell said. “We want to get him to be a factor for us this year.”

The tight end group also includes super senior Matt Lynch, a former walk-on who is in his third year playing tight end after starting his career as a quarterback at UCLA. Junior Jared Poplawski hasn’t appeared in a game since 2017 because of injuries, but Dorrell said Poplawski, “has been a pleasant surprise. He’s back in the mix and getting himself some quality reps.”

Walk-ons Nico Magri and C.J. Schmanski, who both filled in for Russell last year, and freshmen Louis Passarello and Austin Smith are also in the mix.

“There’s some depth there,” Dorrell said. “We’re trying to figure out how that’s going to sort out, in terms of the depth chart. I’m encouraged that we have enough pieces, which is completely different than we had a year ago.”

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DL Na’im Rodman looking for more playing time: “I feel like I’m a way smarter player”

From the Daily Camera … Last year, Na’im Rodman didn’t play as much while he adjusted to new line coach Chris Wilson, but was routinely praised during this past spring and has carried that into the first week of preseason camp this month.

“Anything I feel like I struggled on in the spring, I’ve just tried to work on that and just keep building off of that and try to become the most complete defensive player I could be,” Rodman said.

Rodman had minimal impact in playing just 89 snaps last year but said the season helped him get better and learn from veterans Terrance Lang, Mustafa Johnson and others.

“It was just harder to learn different techniques and stuff,” he said. “I used that year to sit back and watch the older guys, like T-Lang and Mustafa, watch how they do it. They helped me out and they helped me get better and I used that to pick me up and keep going.”

This season, the Buffs have a young group at defensive line. Wilson, the Buffs’ defensive coordinator, is working to get that group up to speed before the Sept. 3 opener against Northern Colorado.

“When your fronts become great, your teams become great,” Wilson said. “Every place I’ve been where you win championships, you are dominant up front. And so we’ve got to get more guys going that direction. And I’ve been pleased with Na’im. He’s been leading that progression for us.”

Now in his third year at CU, Rodman can see a change in himself.

“I feel like I’m quicker,” he said. “My change of direction is way better. I’m way better with my hands in pass rushing and most of all, I feel like I’m a way smarter player.”

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August 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Neill Woelk previews CU defensive line

From CUBuffs.com … No matter the scheme, no matter the game plan, no matter the coaching staff, there is one simple, universal truth when it comes to football defense:

It all starts up front. If the big men in the trenches aren’t salty, a defense is behind before the game ever starts.

Clearly, Colorado defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson is a proponent of that truth. Wilson’s career has included stops at elite college programs and Super Bowl champion NFL franchises — and through it all, he’s seen one constant.

“When your fronts become great, your teams become great,” Wilson said Monday after the Buffaloes’ fifth practice of fall training camp. “Every place I’ve been where you win championships, you are dominant up front. We have to get more guys going that direction.”

The Buffs do have a good foundation in that regard, beginning with returning starters Terrance Lang and Jalen Sami.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Lang, a second-team preseason all-Pac-12 pick by Phil Steele, has a prototype defensive end frame. The junior had his best year as a Buff in 2019, when he finished with six sacks and nine third-down stops, and last season led all CU defensive linemen in snaps played with 304.

This year, CU coaches are expecting even more from a player who is being projected as a next-level lineman.

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**Video: Mark Johnson interviews DL Jalen Sami and DB Isaiah Lewis**

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffsTVSami talking up S&C Coach Shannon Turley and how the coaching staff is stressing winning games up front … Lewis talking about taking on a leadership role in the defensive backfield … 

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August 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Brendon Lewis on QB race: “I can only control what I can control … I do the best I can, and then, whatever happens, happens”

From the Daily Camera … Brendon Lewis said he has “grown tremendously” since arriving at CU as an early enrollee in January of 2020 and continues to study the playbook and learn from Langsdorf.

“Coach Langs has helped me tremendously,” Lewis said. “He’s really taught me. He’s really the reason why I’ve grown so much because he’s so smart and knows a lot about the game.”

Shrout is on his third different coordinator and position coach during his college career and said he continues to absorb anything he can from coaches and teammates.

While their paths and styles may be different, both are energized by the opportunity.

“I think it definitely gives you a boost of confidence because you know you legitimately have a shot out there,” Shrout said.

As for the status of the competition, Langsdorf said it’s close and added, “We’re so much further along” than last year because of a full offseason.

Lewis said, “That’s a coach Langs question” when asked how close the competition is at this point, but added, “He posts a new sheet every day with our percentages, completions, reps and all that, so we know; we can see how we’re doing.”

It’s a battle that will continue deep into camp, and Shrout said the best course of action is to keep working.

“You compete until they tell you,” he said. “That’s the coach’s decision. … I can only control what I can control, so you go out there each day and do the best I can, and then, whatever happens, happens.”

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August 7th

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Optimism at cornerback: “I think now we have at least a solid three deep on both sides”

From the Daily Camera … With Mekhi Blackmon and Christian Gonzalez excelling in 2020, there wasn’t a lot of playing time for the rest of Colorado’s cornerbacks.

When Nigel Bethel Jr. did get on the field, however, he played well.

This year, all three are back, along with sophomore Jaylen Striker and a talented trio of freshmen: Kaylin Moore, Nikko Reed and Tyrin Taylor.

“We have probably more depth now than we had a year ago where we were just concerned about who are we going to play at corner,” head coach Karl Dorrell said after Saturday’s practice. “I think now we have at least a solid three deep on both sides.”

Bethel plays a key role in that depth. A transfer from Miami, Bethel sat out the 2019 season due to the NCAA transfer rule – which has since been changed – but made his debut last year.

“I just looked for a better opportunity,” he said of leaving Miami. “I felt like it was a good opportunity to come here and play football.”

Bethel was solid in coverage last year, while also getting his first career interception against Arizona, stopping a Wildcats drive at the goal line.

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The Athletic and the Ralphie origin story (with video from 1967 Bluebonnet Bowl)

From Stewart Mandel at The Athletic … All Glenn Porzak could say was, “Yes sir.”

Then a Colorado sophomore, Porzak had been ushered into the broadcast booth prior to the 1967 Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston. Legendary play-by-play man Chris Schenkel delivered instructions to Porzak about how the ABC cameras would capture the first nationally televised run for the giant mammal Porzak and his friends called Ralph.

But as his mouth kept answering in the affirmative, Porzak’s mind screamed something else …

“Sir, if you knew how little control I have over this buffalo …”

Nearly 51 years later, Savannah Spakes held the reins of a much larger female American bison at Folsom Field in Boulder. She’d waited for this moment since she told her parents as an elementary schooler that she’d one day help a buffalo run across a football field. When that gate opened prior to the 2018 Oregon State game, Spakes ran and simultaneously held on for dear life. Ralphie V, known to her friends as Blackout, covered 211 yards in 22.84 seconds and reached a top speed of 18.89 mph — but only because Spakes and four fellow handlers were holding her back.

“I blacked out after the turn,” Spakes said when asked what she remembered from her first run.

Without the pesky humans, the best athlete in college football could run the 40-yard dash in about 2.33 seconds and could maintain that pace for several miles. She weighs about 1,200 pounds when fully grown. She boasts a maximum vertical jump nearly equal to her height.

And yes, she’s a she. Because if she was a he, that weight would be closer to 2,000 pounds and there would be no handlers and no run. Why? Because no one could handle something that weighs a ton but also can jump six feet in the air and possibly outrace Usain Bolt.

Only under the influence of college football — simultaneously the world’s best, dumbest and most fun sport — would a group of otherwise rational students get together and say something like this: “You know what would be fun? Running a live buffalo down the football field.”

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August 6th

… CU in a few minutes …

The Buffs’ defender with the most career snaps? DL Terrance Lang

From the Daily Camera … This season, CU will rely heavily on Terrance Lang, who has worked to become a more complete player and is the Buffaloes’ most experienced defensive linemen.

After playing 263 snaps as a pass rush specialist in 2018, Lang was on the field for 72 percent of CU’s defensive snaps in 2019. That number increased to 87 percent during the 2020 regular season.

“Right now I just see a great level of maturity,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said after Friday’s practice. “Guys like him that have the physical size and talent, it’s great that now the mental side has really picked up at a really, really high level.”

Lang, who has eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss in his career, improved the mental side of his game this offseason. Following the 2020 season, he had shoulder surgery and missed spring practices, forcing him to step aside and take mental reps instead of physically being on the field.

“It was very hard (to sit out), but I got the chance to see from an outside perspective and learn and try to help my teammates, so it was good,” Lang said.

Nobody on the Buffs’ defensive line group has played more career snaps at the Division I level than Lang (1,155). Janaz Jordan and Jalen Sami are the only others that have starting experience. Defensive coordinator/line coach Chris Wilson is bringing the rest of the group along.

“There’s not a lot of experience but we’ve got a lot of freshmen with a whole lot of potential,” Lang said. “As long as they keep working and trusting coach Chris, we’re going to be good.”

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CU Football Kickoff Luncheon set for August 20th

Buffs fans, you’re invited to the 2021 Boulder Chamber Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, August 20, 2021 in the Indoor Practice Facility on the CU Boulder campus.  Fans can check-in at Team Store before the doors open at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at 12:30 p.m.

 For questions or concerns please email: buffsevents@colorado.edu

call: 303-492-5497

Event Notes

Paid parking for this event is available in the Folsom Garage (lot 391). To access the garage, turn onto Stadium Drive from Folsom Street and take an immediate left into the parking garage. Parking will be $5 per car and will be provided to an on-site parking attendant. Credit card payment is preferred, cash payment will be accepted. From parking level P1 utilize the stairs or the elevator on the west side of the garage to go to Level 1. This will place you in the Team Store Lobby where you can check-in and head into the Indoor Practice Facility (IPF).

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August 5th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Dorrell happy with quarterback play: “I would say that is why I’m smiling”

From the Daily Camera … Following the first practice of preseason camp on Thursday, Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell was in a great mood.

“I would say that is why I’m smiling,” Dorrell said when asked about the quarterback competition. “I thought both Brendon (Lewis) and JT (Shrout) really performed well today.”

Lewis, a freshman, and Shrout, a sophomore transfer from Tennessee, split reps with the first-team offense in spring and will continue to do so in the early going of camp. Dorrell said CU will announce its starter at some point before the Sept. 3 opener against Northern Colorado.

“You can tell they’re smooth in their transition going through progressions,” Dorrell said. “They were authoritative with what their roles are on the offense and I didn’t think they made any mistakes. They might have missed a throw here and there but I would say overall I thought they showed great command and great presence.”

While there is much work to be done before settling on a starter, Dorrell was pleased with the start by Lewis and Shrout.

“We scrutinize every rep and whether it’s a mental mistake or a missed throw or missed read,” Dorrell said. “We’re tabulating every aspect for both of those guys. They both have embraced the competition, which I like. They both add different qualities to the offense, and both of them can be very dynamic players. First and foremost, they’re great teammates; that’s what I like. They’re into it, they’re into this football team, they want to lead.”

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NCAA recommends weekly tests for unvaccinated athletes

From ESPN … Unvaccinated college athletes should be tested weekly for COVID-19, wear masks in most situations and be quarantined if exposed to the virus, while vaccinated individuals should not be tested routinely, according to the NCAA’s latest health and safety recommendations released Wednesday.

The updated guidance mostly follow CDC recommendations and come as football practice starts across the country. They also come at a time when the highly transmissible delta variant has led to some regional spikes in COVID infections.

The NCAA recommends fully vaccinated individuals not be subjected surveillance testing before or during the season unless they exhibit symptoms, or based on a risk assessment of a documented close contact with COVID-19.

While unvaccinated individuals would have to quarantine if they came in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, those who are vaccinated could remain with the team while masking in public indoor settings for up to 14 days. That period of time could be shortened by a negative test or if an assessment determines the contact was not high risk.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 would need to be in isolation for 10 days, and at least 24 hours after not needing medication to get past a fever.

“Current vaccination rates remain inadequate to provide community-level immunity,” said Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer. “It is essential that member schools work in concert with federal, state and local public health officials to develop COVID-19 prevention and management strategies that make sense for them.”

The new NCAA guidelines recommend masking for everyone during team travel and during indoor settings, and for unvaccinated individuals to mask and practice social distancing in most situations away from the actual competition and practice, regardless of the setting.

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August 3rd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

S&C Coach Shannon Turley gets endorsements from players: “He is a breath of fresh air, honestly”

From the Daily Camera … Drew Wilson spent five years leading the strength and conditioning program for the Buffs and he worked for three head coaches in that time. Players often had high praise for Wilson’s work and there were positive results on the field, including two bowl appearances in his five seasons.

The transition to Shannon Turley has paid off in the early going, however. While in Hollywood last week, I asked receiver Dimitri Stanley and linebacker Nate Landman about their new strength and conditioning coordinator.

“He is a breath of fresh air, honestly,” Stanley said. “A guy that really knows what he’s doing. Not that Drew didn’t know what he was doing, but it’s just different.”

Turley was highly respected during his time at Stanford for his approach. Of course, lifting weights and cardiovascular work are involved, but Turley puts a heavy emphasis on mental health, injury prevention and nutrition.

“It’s kind of more focused on like the little muscles,” Stanley said. “It’s kind of more focused on how your body feels, making sure your body is at peak performance. I like that, more than just kind of getting under the bar and squatting heavy, cleaning heavy. I just like focusing more on your body. I think that’s more beneficial to me. I think I’ve seen changes in growth.”

Landman, who has spent the offseason recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, said Turley has played a significant role in getting him ready for preseason camp, which starts this week.

“Not only physically but just in the mental aspect, too,” Landman said. “I think he’s got great leadership qualities.”

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August 2nd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

2021 COLORADO BUFFALOES FALL CAMP NUMERICAL ROSTER

... Note on senior defensive lineman Jeremiah Doss being lost for the season due to a knee injury … Originally from Jackson, Miss., Doss began his college career at Hinds Community College. Doss transferred to CU in January of 2019. He played a total of 98 defensive snaps and recorded one tackle during his two seasons with the Buffs. Doss could petition for a sixth year of eligibility to play as a senior in 2022, but it’s way too early to know if that will be explored as an option … 

OFFENSE (53) 

 (Grey helmets, black jerseys, grey pants)   (QBs: gold jerseys)  

 0 Ashaad Clayton, TB 

 2 Brenden Rice, WR 

 3 Chase Penry, WR 

 5 La‘Vontae Shenault, WR   

6 Daniel Arias, WR 

 7 J.T. Shrout, QB  

 8 Alex Fontenot, TB 

 9 Drew Carter, QB 

 10 Jaylon Jackson, WR  

 12 Brendon Lewis, QB 

 14 Dimitri Stanley, WR 

 15 Montana Lemonious-Craig, WR  

16 Jordan Woolverton, QB  

18 Caleb Fauria, TE 

 20 Deion Smith, TB 

 22 Ben Finneseth, WR 

 21 Alec Pell, TE 

 23 Jarek Broussard, TB 

25 Jack Hestera, WR  

 28 Joe Davis, TB 

 32 Noah Wagner, TB 

 33 Jayle Stacks, TB 

 38 Brady Russell, TE  

 44 Charlie Offerdahl, TB 

 51 Jack Seavall, OL 

 52 Joshua Jynes, OL 

 53 Noah Fenske, OL 

 54 Kanan Ray, OL 

 56 Jackson Anderson, OL 

57 John Deitchman, OL 

 58 Kary Kutsch, OL 

 60 Jake Wiley, OL 

 64 Austin Johnson, OL 

 65 Colby Pursell, OL 

 68 Edgar Amaya, OL 

 69 Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan, OL 

70 Casey Roddick, OL 

 72 Max Wray, OL 

 73 Ben Reznik, OL 

 74 Chance Lytle, OL 

 75 Carson Lee, OL 

76 Frank Fillip, OL 

80 Ty Robinson, WR 

81 Chris Carpenter, WR

82 Austin Smith, TE  

83 Michael Harrison, WR

84 Matt Lynch, TE 

85 Jared Poplawski, TE

86 C.J. Schmanski, TE  

 87 Erik Olsen, TE 

88 Keith Miller III, WR 

89 Louis Passarello, TE

98 Nico Magri, TE 

 DEFENSE (52) 

 (Grey helmets, white jerseys, grey pants)  

 0 Chris Miller, S 

 1 Guy Thomas, OLB 

 2 Jaylen Striker, CB 

3 Christian Gonzalez, CB  

4 Jamar Montgomery, OLB  

5 Mark Perry, S  

 6 Mekhi Blackmon, CB 

7 Marvin Ham II, ILB 

 9 Trustin Oliver, S 

 12 Quinn Perry, ILB 

 13 Justin Jackson, DL 

 15 Jack Lamb, ILB 

 17 Blayne Toll, DE 

 20 Robert Barnes, ILB  

21 Kaylin Moore, CB 

22 Toren Pittman, S  

 23 Isaiah Lewis, S 

 25 Nikko Reed, CB 

26 Carson Wells, OLB 

 27 Nigel Bethel, CB 

 28 Tyrin Taylor, CB 

 30 Curtis Appleton, S 

31 Jonathan Van Diest, ILB   

32 Ray Robinson, S 

 33 Joshka Gustav, OLB 

 34 Zephaniah Maea, ILB 

 35 Mister Williams, ILB 

 37 Trey Ortega, CB 

38 Steele Dubar, S 

41 Anthony Lyle, S 

42 Trevor Woods, S 

44 Devin Grant, OLB 

47 Matt Jacobsen, DB  

48 Zion Magalei, OLB  

49 Geno Macias, ILB 

50 Katin Suprenant, OLB  

 52 Mason Midgett, ILB 

 53 Nate Landman, ILB 

54 Terrance Lang, DL  

55 Blake Weiher, DL 

56 Mason Maddox, DL 

58 Alvin Williams, ILB 

90 Jayden Simon, DL  

91 Na’im Rodman, DL 

92 Lloyd Murray, Jr., DL 

 93 Ryan Williams, DL 

94 Janaz Jordan, DL 

95 Tyus Martin, DL 

96 Kanaan Turnbull, DL 

 97 Allan Baugh, DL 

99 Jalen Sami, DL 

 SPECIALISTS (7) 

 (Grey helmets, white jerseys, grey pants)  

36 Cole Becker, PK 

37 Mac Willis, PK 

43 Evan Price, PK 

45 Noah Hubbard, P  

57 Cameron Warchuck, SN 

87 Derek Bedell, SN 

89 Josh Watts, P 

Injured / Out For Season (2

13 Maurice Bell, WR 

18 Jeremiah Doss, DL 

2021 COACHING STAFF: Head Coach: Karl Dorrell (2nd season at Colorado, 7th overall). Assistant Coaches: Darrin Chiaverini (OC/WR), Chris Wilson (DC/DL), Danny  Langsdorf (PGC/QB), Brett Maxie (DPGC/S), Bryan Cook (TE), Darian Hagan (RB), Demetrice Martin (CB), Brian Michalowski (OLB), Mitch Rodrigue (OL), Mark Smith (ILB),  Shannon Turley (S&C). Grad Assistants: Connor Boyd (D), Jason Grossman (O), Donovan Williams (O), one TBA (D). Quality Control: Matt Butterfield (O), Reggie Moore (O),  Chris Reinert (ST), Jeff Smart (D), William Vlachos (Blitz/Front Specialist). CAPTAINS: TBD. 

Lettermen Returning: 65 (32 offense, 29 defense, 4 specialists) Lettermen Lost: 20 (9 offense, 8 defense, 3 specialists)  Career/2020 starts in parenthesis; calculated by those with six-plus starts in 2020 or by who played the majority of snaps at a position.]  

Starters Returning (17; three or more starts/most snaps)—Offense 9 (tie at LG): TB Jarek Broussard (5/5), LG Chance Lytle (3/3), RT Frank Fillip   (8/6), LG Kary Kutsch (16/4), C Colby Pursell (20/3), RG Casey Roddick (6/6), TE Brady Russell (16/2), WR La’Vontae Shenault (3/3), WR Dimitri   Stanley (16/6). Defense 8: CB Mekhi Blackmon (11/6), LCB Christian Gonzalez (6/6), ILB Nate Landman (29/15), DE Terrance Lang (16/4), S Isaiah   Lewis (5/5), NT Jalen Sami (13/2), OLB Guy Thomas (4/4), OLB Carson Wells (22/16).  

Others Returning With Significant Starting/Game Experience (19; any previous starts listed)— WR Daniel Arias (2/2), WR Maurice Bell (2/2),   CB Nigel Bethel, TB Ashaad Clayton, DL Jeremiah Doss, TB Alex Fontenot (11/0), WR Jaylon Jackson, DE Janaz Jordan (6/4), QB Brendon Lewis,   TE Matt Lynch (1/1), DB Chris Miller (4/2), OLB Jamar Montgomery (1/1), S Mark Perry (3/2), ILB Quinn Perry, WR Brenden Rice (1/1),   TE C.J. Schmanski (3/3), DE Na’im Rodman (3/1), TB Deion Smith, ILB Jonathan Van Diest (6/1).  

Starters Lost (6)—Offense 3: WR K.D. Nixon (23/4), QB Sam Noyer (6/6), LT Will Sherman (27/6). Defense 3: DE Mustafa Johnson (27/6),   ILB Akil Jones (11/5), S Darrion Rakestraw (17/6).  

Others Lost With Significant Starting/Game Experience (3)—CB Tarik Luckett (2/2), TB Jaren Mangham (2/1), CB K.J. Trujillo (7/1).  Specialists Returning (4)— SN Derek Bedell, PK Evan Price, P Josh Watts, PK Mac Willis.  

Specialists Lost (3)— SN Travis Drosos, PK Tyler Francis, PK James Stefanou.  

Other Special Team Players Returning (11; Coverage/Return/FG PAT Units)— S Curtis Appleton, WR Daniel Arias, TB Joe Davis,   OLB Joshka Gustav, WR Jaylon Jackson, S Anthony Lyle, TE Nico Magri, TE Alec Pell, S Ray Robinson, S Toren Pittman. 

Crawford Family provides CU Athletics with largest one-time donation in school history

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Earlier this summer, University of Colorado Athletic Director Rick George made clear what he believes the future holds for the Buffaloes.

“We have to think big if we’re going to do big things and we’re going to think big,” George told the media. “There’s a bright future ahead for us. I’m hopeful in the next five or six years we can accomplish a lot of the things that will make this department and this university elite.”

The message has been heard. One of Colorado’s most generous donors, Jeff Crawford (CU Class of 1990) and his wife, Orsi, through the Crawford Family Foundation, have again stepped up to the plate in a very big way with a new gift of $5.5 million, the largest one-time gift in CU Athletics history.

“This is a transformational gift,” George said. “It allows us to provide world-class programs for our student-athletes that will help them succeed athletically and academically, and make them life ready when they leave the University of Colorado. It also allows us to focus on other needs throughout our department, and that’s going to help us make all of our sports programs elite.”

This is the second major gift by Jeff and Orsi, steadfast supporters of the Buffs.  An earlier gift, that resulted in the naming of the Crawford Club at the CU Champions Center, was instrumental in helping make the Buffaloes’ nutrition program for our athletes one of the best in the nation.  Jeff and Orsi’s cumulative gifts now exceed $10 million.  Jeff and Orsi hope these gifts will motivate other CU supporters to answer the call as well.

“If there’s one message our family really wants to convey, it is that we hope our gift inspires others to give whatever they can to help the University’s athletic department not only be successful on the field, but off the field as well,” Jeff Crawford said. “We need people willing to support the CU athletic department so that it is set up for a future where it can thrive, compete for championships, and take care of and maximize the talents of all our wonderful student athletes.”

The gift also comes at a crucial juncture for the Buffaloes, a time when the convergence of a number of factors has opened up a window of opportunity for CU.

Crawford believes Colorado must now take advantage of that opportunity in the critical years ahead.

“There are a lot of great things happening with CU and the Pac-12 right now,” Crawford said. “We have this great upswing in basketball. We have a great coach in Tad Boyle who wants to stay here.  Our football team just went to a bowl game. Karl (Dorrell) loves Colorado, loves the school and loves the area. The Pac-12 has a new commissioner (George Kliavkoff), who I think is ready to do some great things, and the conference has a new media deal coming up for renewal.

“This is our chance to be on the upswing. These next few years are going to be critical, and we need to capitalize on all the good things that are happening for CU and the conference. It’s a great window of opportunity we have to take advantage of.”

But windows of opportunity don’t stay open forever. It is essential that CU seize the opportunity now in order to create a foundation for long-term success.

 Thanks to George’s leadership, CU has emerged from the coronavirus pandemic in a much better position than many of its peers. The Buffs actually managed to take some significant steps forward over the last year, even while other programs struggled.

In the competitive arena, the Buffs’ athletic performances are trending upward, as are their academic endeavors. A new commissioner has revived spirits in the Pac-12 and new media rights deals are on the horizon. Add to the equation the ever-changing landscape of college athletics at the national level, and it becomes imperative that CU take advantage of the opportunities ahead. The Buffs need to be a nationally elite and nationally relevant program when changes come about.

That is a message Crawford stresses must be emphasized.

“We can’t be complacent,” he said. “It is a competitive landscape in college athletics today, and it’s only going to become more competitive. We need other people that have the means to give to Colorado to continually give to keep CU at a high level or we’re going to lose this opportunity. I hope when people see other families supporting CU, they’ll want to do the same thing.”

Much of the gift will help support what will now be known as the Crawford Family WHOLE Student-Athlete program. A comprehensive approach centered on Wellness, Health and Optimal Life Experience, the program is believed to be the only of its kind in intercollegiate athletics, making it a foundational cornerstone of CU’s long-term success.

Jeff and Orsi are excited to be part of the WHOLE program, a groundbreaking endeavor spearheaded by George. The program ties together CU’s individual student-athlete support services into a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy aimed at optimizing data to produce success at the individual, team and department levels.

“This is exactly the type of thing we want to support,” Crawford said. “This is a way to help student-athletes achieve success when they are at Colorado, and also help prepare them to become future leaders when their careers in sports are over. It is a way to maximize all the opportunities they have at CU — and I think it is something that parents will want their kids to be part of.”

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August 1st

… CU in a few minutes … 

Dimitri Stanley: “I want to get better in every aspect of the game”

From the Daily Camera … During the pandemic-shortened season in 2020, Stanley caught 16 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in five regular season games. He added four catches for 86 yards against Texas in the Alamo Bowl. He also had 10 punt returns for 77 yards on the season.

Stanley, who ran sprints for the CU track team in the spring, is one of the fastest players on the team and he’s working on using that speed more consistently.

“I’ve definitely gotten much better at going full speed in practice,” he said. “With every young player, there’s times where you kind of like aren’t in the mood to practice or your body’s aching so you’re not really going full speed, but this year I’ve kind of just been trying to stay in the training room so there’s not as much of that. I think it’s been paying off for sure.”

Stanley’s other area of emphasis for improvement has been his leadership, especially among a group of receivers that is very young.

“I probably have to be more vocal,” he said. “Right now I kind of just try and bring other guys up in workouts coming in to try to lead by example, do the right things on and off the field. From the aspects on the field, I want to get better in every aspect of the game – from the knowledge about the game, from being able to read coverages, to being able to catch the ball and make more plays.”

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101 Replies to “Colorado Daily”

  1. Still one of the greatest days of my life. I was hoarse for a week. So happy to have witnessed the beginning of the end for the cornholers.
    Go Buffs

  2. Seeing the Fuskers in anguish is awesome. But knowing that the Buffs sent them there…that is pure joy!

    I’m so glad I could see that game. It was not easy. I had just moved to the Netherlands and there was no consistent streaming option. I had to find an Internet cafe that would stay open until 4am! And then I had to find someone streaming the game (not exactly what the broadcasters wanted). But when I got home to my girlfriend that night — she knew something special had happened! At that point however, we didn’t know how special it really was.

    Isn’t it fantastic that we can still look back on that game and enjoy its aftermath!!!

  3. Wow
    Dirk Chatelain is a brave and or stupid man. Anyone think this might convince anyone in the Big Red faced fan base to feel a little humility? or just issue the occasional death threat?

  4. One benefit of being old is that I got watch Cliff play. Cliff was 4.2 when no one else was. When he was running everyone else on the field looked like slo mo.

    1. I never saw him in person as a Buff but I did get to see him in 1974 on a cold Denver day. He had a 60 yard or so touchdown that day.

  5. Cliff Branch, 100% class act and comparable to his peers in the Hall, grew up in the East Bay and die-hard Raider. Absolutely deserves in, positive comments for Cliff where ever you can please!!! Shame it’s taken so long.

    1. Last time I ran into him was at Raider Image by the airport, he was signing autos (no one else was there)….so I told him I was a Buff and he spent 5 minutes showing me pictures from his phone from the last CU Hall of Fame gathering and telling me stories about all the other greats that were there. He was obviously very proud and loved the Buffs!!!

  6. I dont have a lot of time right now to dwell on this but does the “grand alliance”:
    become a self governing entity reducing or eliminating oversight by the NCAAA?
    or
    Does it freeze conference membership ie: no new members in the abiding conferences?

    1. hmmm.
      So far it just sounds like 3 commissioners with their arms around each other’s shoulders, saying “we’re cool”

  7. HCKD is an excellent leader. Get the troops on the same page. That is not an easy task by any means. When they buy in he buys in. Without him they are just a collection of wannabes.
    Talent or no talent.

    When the players say they are working hard and getting better. Yup they put in the work but without the framework provided by a really good coaching staff they and the team get no where (see previous 4 weak coaching staffs)

    HCKD knows how to manipulate the situation in a positive way. He does it with the press, he does it with the fans and you bet he does it with the players. A very interesting talent.

    Delegates responsibility
    Retains authority
    Shares accountability

    The basics

    BowlBuffs

    Note: Leadership in coaching is the key factor in building a program

    Note 2: Maybe sometime in the foreseeable higher ranked recruits with supposed better talent will be interested in the Buff. Perhaps even an NFL draftee or 2. Don’t care Just want this coaching staff to lead the Buffs to the top

  8. They almost don’t need us in a way…. I’m trying to get them to realize that coaches can only lead you to water.

    Well said Karl.

    With some nfl talent and next level focus and work ethic, this team can surprise a lot of people.

    Go Buffs

  9. When a consultant is brought in to “Hep Ya”

    Time to up your game

    Uh Oh Buffalo……………………………..

  10. Watched the last period of the first Washington Football Team’s first pre season game. By accident I got to watch Steve Montez at work. He threaded the needle with a nice pinpoint TD pass between 3 defenders and had almost another on a loft to a fade route if the WR hadn’t dropped it. He also had a couple of good scramble/runs.
    Tuned in last night to their second game but Montez didn’t make it onto the field. Hope that isnt a bad sign. Instead some twerp named Heinecke (sp?) “wowed” the crowd with the ultimate dink and dunk show. He completed most of his passes but it seemed like every one was a check off. Prolly didnt come anywhere near 10 yard average. After the game Rivera praised him for his mobility but he never took off running after leaving the pocket constantly. If that guy beats out Montez for a roster spot god help the DC football team.

  11. Stuart, hope you are well……………..and happy.

    Anyway in any group there are going to be the real people (me) and the fake people (earache)
    and the fakes are always gonna raise false flags with real will only stand for so long and then bury them.

    This whole process distracts from what you are trying to do.
    But the fact is readers as well as the participants rather enjoy reading these comments/attacks.

    You could drop the comments or you could adapt to the times

    Therefore I suggest you always have what you call an Article up on your site called

    WHERE BUFF FANS COME TO ARGUE.

    And when disagreement does breakout (you see a post you want to yell and scream about)or wants to break out the rule is it has to be on the
    WHERE BUFF FANS COME TO ARGUE. page

    That way if you wanna read the junk earache wants to try and present you can go there.

    I believe it is a worthy suggestion, it can work, and earache will post on there and I will prove him wrong and insult him, and he can go into his whine attack on Buff icons and pretend he didn’t blah blah blah.

    Lets do a beta……………….you might be surprised

    Buffs.

    Note: readers who want some entertainment can always go to that page. You could make history

    And it won’t mess up the flow of

      1. Why is that so important to you and why would it be more fun? I’m not going to become a customer/client or a “connection” avenue and if you think VK is we should be afraid to open the window further for intrusion annoying or otherwise.
        Stuart is doing a more than flexible job of monitoring the site. If you cant be satisfied with the meat of the conversation start your own “Where Buff’s go to argue” website” That would be heaven for a guy like you who has to do essays over things and always has to have the last word no matter how irrelevant.

        1. Hey he was complaining about you arguing and me talking you down.

          My proposal solves his issue.

          Yours just says If you have different opinions go elsewhere. Cancel culuture

          Buffs

          1. Your “proposal” means more work for me.
            Maybe next off-season, when I have more time to devote to the needs of the few.

          2. Okay maybe next year.

            In the mean time I promise to behave

            As best I can according to your mandates

          3. I’m awestruck but I will take advantage of the last word for a change so graciously granted.
            I stand by my statement above. I find your obsessive desire to meet me beyond the subject matter in here neurotic. In spite of any accomplishments in wrestling, the financial world or anywhere else you still seem like an incessantly needy person and I have learned in my long life to avoid people like that. So, yeah, I’m hiding from you. Call it a personal attack, off the rails or whatever but that is my perception of you created in my mind of you.
            You think my responses are funny so you must not be totally dismayed with the lack of civility in here. Get off your high horse.

          4. go back and read “if you cant be satisfied…..” not telling him to go elsewhere. Just giving him options. Get off your high horse.

        2. EP, I find that once the veil of anonymity is removed, the level of discourse rises along with the level of civility. That’s all. And, if people believe in their opinions, why is anonymity something to cling to? Stand up for what you believe, right? Nothing to hide here.

          In terms of the “where Buffs go to argue” site? I don’t think the berliner is a Buff. I believe he’s adopted them. But that’s neither here nor there.

          I just enjoy the discourse because you and he get so riled up, over someone’s differing opinions. Unfortunately, more often than not, his rants turn to attempted insults and yours often do too, but I don’t take either attempts personally. I just think it’s funny.

          And if “going public” clears the clutter of vk’s voice because he’s afraid to show his face to support his opinions? So be it. I’d miss him. But if he, or anyone is really that firm in their opinions, I again ask, what’s there to hide?

          We already have what, like a dozen regular posters here? Maybe 20? Not a lot, given the actual number of people who come to read stuff. And, I know, from over the years when Buffzone’s comments section was lively, as well as on Stu’s site, that many people don’t post because they don’t get the same laughs when the berliner goes off the rails with ill-informed and baseless attacks, that I do.

          You may now have the last word on this subject.

          Go Buffs

          1. Per U, as usual you assume what you say is how everyone wants it be. Not the case as usual. You say you are eric. I am not so sure you are. You are somebody else. Taking someone else’s identity. Probably someone you wanted to be but you never could. Yur a fake using someone else’s identity to further your inadequacies of not really being a Buff. Yur not a Buff, yur a troll who is tyring to divide Buff fans by attacking Buff coaches and denying them their due. You revel in the Buffs misery as shown by your words and they way you put them together.

            You won’t like this cause it is the truth and you will attack me saying I am attacking you. Be aware………………..deep depth investigation…………does not lie.

            No fake Buffs (earache allowed)

          1. I looked you up.
            Found ya
            An earache is a sharp, dull, or burning pain in one or both ears. The pain may last a short time or be ongoing.

            smiling buff

        1. I’d have to know your name, my friend. Wasn’t it halobuff for a while? Nothing comes up for either VK Berlin or Halo Buff. It’s like you don’t exist. Interesting.

          Go Buffs

          1. look harder and deeper. expand your knowledge

            Seriously. Do it. right in front of your nose

            Buffs

          2. Oh crap. I got it! So obvious. My apologies. Vk Berlin. Victoria Klein and the Berliner is superfluous. Damn. Now I know all about you. Glad the operation was successful.

            Go Buffs

    1. VK, why are you asking Stuart to create things so you have your own personal platform? Why don’t you do it yourself?

      Stuart, this is a great website. Don’t change a thing.

  12. Holy cow! I have been missing this debate! Well I want in!

    Players vs coaches….
    So let need to be realistic here. Where CU is at there are no 5 start athletes that are going to come here and the 4 star athlete is going to be rare. There is no recruiting that is going to overcome that….. sorry. Then look at perennial winning programs and see their rankings. I just went and looked at Utah for the last 5 years and they have like 4 extra 4 star athletes from 2017-2020. So I think it is the coaching. And to be clear that is not just play calling. It is
    1. identifying 3 star athletes you can recruit to your program that will make an impact
    2. Teaching and coaching those kids up. Football is a grind when you are not playing and know you are buried in the depth chart….. but you need those kids that are buried working hard so that when it becomes their time they are ready.
    3. Play calling…. Listen Leavitt is an amazing defensive mind. Go look at defenses wherever he has been calling them. It’s not just the plans he builds but also his In Game adjustments and how he focuses he defenses on the talent he has.

    I thought Summers was a pretty solid defensive coach. But it took him too long to make in game adjustments and he had some real whacky schemes that cost yards and td’s
    – we had linebackers covering wide receivers as part of our defensive scheme. Not tight ends, actual wide receivers. Wells, land,an and Jones were all beat on explosive plays last year trying to cover man to man a wide reciever.

    Players matter, yes, but given the same players for the last 5 years Willingham would have went to a bowl every year. Michigan State is going to really regret their decision in the coming years as we should have coasted into a bowl game in 2019. I suspect t 5 years from now we are going to be thanking our lucky stars that Mel bailed on us and we will praying each time a premier job comes up that Dorrell stays.

    Coaches 70 % – players 30% becuase coaches make better players. Utah is very good not becuase they have better athletes than CU, they are better becuase Willingham makes the athletes he has better. Dorrell has signs of being our Willingham.

    One note against my own argument: then what the heck is up with Chip Kelly and UCLA……. I think the answer is that Kelly was an offensive innovator and it took years for football to catch up to him. When the rest of them did, he did not innovate any more, he just tries to implement his old scheme. And he has hitched his wagon to a kid who has ball security issues and a defensive coordinator who is outmatched…..
    – he regularly moved Landman outside the box, teams literally just ran away from him.

    1. Okay, yur last sentence is out of order in the post, but it is correct.

      Coaching is the key no doubt. Maybe not so much for the top ten teams who get all the 5 and 4 stars, but maybe yes when they compete against each other. In fact yes.

      For the rest of us, “we just take we can get, take what we can get, and then…………. And then we said,
      You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
      B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet.”

      So same goes for all the teams that get a multitude of 3 stars………………who can coach em up and has the culture and the schemes and the in game hooch-spa to guide them thar 3 stars to victory.

      That’s about it, don’t ya know.

      NewBuffsBowlBound

      1. Fortunately, Karl and every coach knows not all 2 and 3 and no star prospects are created equal. He’s got his profile, and part of that includes leveraging his lifetime of contacts of players and coaches with time in the nfl. Helps with the football iq and processing and work ethic components.

        So far, I like the early returns. We’ll see how that translates this fall soon enough. Fortunately they have guys like Nate, Carson, Terrance etc who are likely nfl caliber and some of the transfers to bolster the new guys too.

        Go Buffs

        1. Yup they got a couple of guys who may get drafted.

          But they weren’t anywhere close to that when they showed up here.

          Coaching period

          Buffs.

          Note: Dancing the “wild funk” are ya.

          1. Welp you need to go back and see what they were rated, or not, or recruited, or not. Yup and It appears the LB coach and the SC coach for the last 4 years grew those boys into players.

            You got it? Never

            SOMEACHESOFTHEEARSNEVERGETBETTER!GENES

  13. “Dude was able to find and bring in a lot of NFL talent. We won’t get into how/why, etc. at this time.” From one of Eric’s comments above re: Bill McCartney. Why won’t you get into it? Implying something underhanded or unethical yet don’t want to get into it?Because there’s nothing to get into. I see you’re cut from the same cloth as Rick Reilly and that pinnacle of yellow journalism Kizzzzzzla. Make unsubstantiated or at the very least overstated accusations with little supporting evidence. Sad.

    1. McCartney, Barnett or any other coach it should be apparent to everyone in here that Eric considers all of them babysitters only

    2. I think that is an essay. That is why I didn’t get into it. I will go all sacrilege and get one in there when I can. It has only been percolating for 30-ish years.

      Go Buffs

      1. Be sure to liberally quote our friend, PR guy and mountain of credibility Kizzzzla…….that is, of course, if you really aren’t him. That guy screams coach trauma.

      2. 30 year old grudge. Should be a party.

        Go Buffs.

        Note: You……………….Promise………………….Keepers??

        1. No grudge. Just observations. And opinions. Will try to find time to write that essay. I am sure it will spark an interesting discussion.

          Go Buffs

          1. Just go back and copy and paste. You already said it.
            It ain’t about CU,
            It’s about a person.

            It’s a grudge. He didn’t do it your way.

            Stop avoiding reality and the truth. Sheesharama
            You just can’t be held accountable. Traits.
            Dodge ball.

            Called out…………………………..LID

            BuffsorBuffs

            Note: Get caught………………..deflect back……………..political tactic

          2. Yes,

            Heard it when it happened on twitter from your pay me boys………..was pursuing You?

        2. Come on, Berliner. Since when do thoughts about my alma mater’s football program qualify as a grudge?

          No grudge. Grudges aren’t my style. Might be yours. Not mine.

          Go Buffs

          1. Are either of you paying attention to the fact that one of our three scholarship quarterbacks was injured in the scrimmage today?

          2. Yes. And that ain’t great. But until we know the extent of the injury, and even after we do, ain’t crap we can do about it. But hope that the two freshman can run the show if needed. Let alone the starter.

            Go Buffs

          3. Yea … it’s getting to the point where these two believe these website is their own little playhouse.
            Under the CU media rules, you can’t be “credentialed” media if you have an open forum for anonymous posters.
            These guys are lucky I live in Montana, otherwise I would have shut down the comments section years ago …

          4. Stu, how bout ditching the anonymous part? I bet the Berliner would hold many fewer grudges. At least publicly. Ep probably too. I went “public” years ago because I stand by my opinions.

            It is easy to be a clown hiding in anonymity.

            Go Buffs

            Ps- to my knowledge I have never written a post entirely about anyone else who posts here. I respond to them, absolutely. But I generally don’t troll.

          5. And if, as the Berliner once warned, if people don’t want to comment as themselves? Ok. So be it. Says something doesn’t it? 95% (or some relatively high %) of the people who come here don’t comment.

            I would miss the Berliner. No doubt. But if he had to be himself? I would expect crickets.

            Go Buffs

          6. Ignorance of a clown is identifying yourself and then opening your mouth and proving who you identify as is you. And then demanding other act like you. As if anyone cares who you are.

            Sheesh.

            So you have an ego which has to get you and what you do in front of the people Wow I am a banker, and I gonna take an add out on cuatg (no results though).

            Some just gotta say look at me…………………

            Buffs

            Grudgemanisgonnatelluswhymacwasaloser

          7. Anonymity

            Discussed before

            If Stuart demanded it.

            He would have you and about 3 others.

            Not a winning combination.

          8. You think the website lives or dies based upon your rants?
            Waaaaay too much ego at play here.
            You want me to require your name be listed, and see if the website withers on the vine without you?
            Keep your comments on point – and limited (seven new ones just this morning) – not really too much to ask.

    3. There is no doubt that our recruiting/admission standards for our FB team is immensely higher than in the Mac days, any of us that were there understand that. While we happily derided the ‘Huskers we were just a level above them (full blown criminals not allowed). Every weekend players could potentially get into something….nowadays the blotter is more traffic/driving related. Myself and many in my circle were not Mac fans, but respect what he did and generally leave him alone.

      1. That may be a bit of an exaggeration eh?
        The question is how many of those questionables…………A few………a lot……….
        Makes a big difference.

        Yup there was the exception rules and they were used………………….

        Buffs

        1. No, no exaggeration…again we were there and had a few ‘friends’ on the team.
          Have many, many, many stories from back in the day on campus.

  14. not sure what happened to the Sami interview but I believe Lewis will be a leader in the secondary. Most of the players wish they could roll their eyes in these interviews (and I dont blame them) Lewis immediately dives right in to each question no mater how banal.

  15. The offensive coordinator needs to hear what the quarterback likes. see the way the quarterback sees it and design plays that reflect that.

    No ego here.

    Bolder Buffs bowl Bound

    Note: I am hoping HCKD has brought maturity to the OC. I harp because it is needed.

  16. Just hit me

    Earache says its the players 75% and coaches 25%
    Earache says flimflam2 is a great coach
    didn’t have (couldn’t get good players) so he failed

    Got it now.

    Buffs.

    Note: He said Barnett was a loser
    Note 2: He said he disliked Mac………Liked the wins didn’t like the guy (funny)
    Note 3: Love WacMac. Didn’t mind the losses. (Hilarious)
    Note 4: My neighbor has no effect on cu players who enter the nba.
    Note 4: Let the party begin eh”

    1. Mornin! Wait a minute. An entire post dedicated to me? You shouldn’t have.

      Allow me to break it down:
      1) Just hit me – not sure if you mean the shrooms just hit you, or they just wore off. Doesn’t matter, I guess. Just the usual nonsensical ravings of a deranged fan.

      2) ratio of impact? About right. We can haggle whether it’s 70%-30% etc. but the point is, you gotta have the players who can win their matchups to win games.

      3) FlimFlam is a great coach? Not sure which of your flimflammers you’re talking about. But, I think Hawkins and MacIntyre are decent coaches. I don’t think I’ve ever said either of them are great. I appreciate what both tried to do at CU. For MacIntyre, at least he left the program in better shape than when he got it. Hawkins? Maybe about the same as when he got it, which wasn’t great.

      And to his notes: Barnett a loser? Never said that. I’ve said he’s a .500 coach. That’s a fact. I think he too is a decent coach. Not a great coach. Good guy. Loves CU. And I’m happy he’s still able to be around the program, and I think he’s an excellent commentator.

      Note 2: Yep. I was not a fan of McCartney the person. I definitely appreciated the winning on the football field. Dude was able to find and bring in a lot of NFL talent. We won’t get into how/why, etc. at this time.

      Note 3: Love MacIntyre? Don’t think I’ve ever said that either. But again, I do appreciate that he brought the program out of the ashes, improved the roster (and the overall program), got more guys into the NFL than we’ve seen in a while, and left the program in a better place than when he got it (arguably the best roster handed over to his successor since Rick to Gary, as I’ve covered ad nauseam).

      Note 4: The Berliner’s neighbor is Tad Boyle. He’s brought that up twice. Dude. So cool. Just about as cool as using all the season tickets for your friends for the CU Wisconsin game back in the day. Super cool.

      Note 4 redux. It’s party time!

      Go Buffs

      1. So Mac left the program a better place because he had good players. What happened??? Mickey’s Jimmy and Joes couldnt give him a winning record?….except when they had a D coach who was that good.
        And Bill Mac. Good only because he brought in the Jimmy and Joes….right? Maybe a little too intense for your delicate sensibilities? Or maybe because he wouldnt be one of your connections. Too busy being a coach….a national championship coach.
        And say what you will about Barnett. He won a Big 10 crown, a big 12 crown and 4 big 12 North titles.
        But I can understand your lack of faith in coaches due to the last dozen years ago. 2 of them brought their own jimmy and joe in. All blabber and no hat.
        But Mickey leaving the program better??load of manure bud. He left the program in a similar fashion to dinner bell Mel even though they were headed in different directions. You probably liked him because he was personable in person even though it seemed he would never look you in the eye.
        Shoot earache. Why dont you become a coach. All those schools paying them millions out of total ignorance….right? You got the connections and that seems all you need to bring in your Jimmy and Joes and the rest is duck soup.

        1. It’s party time!

          So what happened? I think the team underperformed relative to the talent they had in 2019.

          As to Leavitt love? I still maintain it was the four NFL draftees and two undrafted free agents that led the defensive success of the 2016 team, along w/ guys like Phil and Sefo on the offensive side.

          Bill Mac? Not too intense for my sensibilities. Too hypocritical. And, I think he could’ve done a better job leaving the program vs. how he did. But? Dude got us some good wins, a natty and a lot of good times. And now we get to hearken back to those glory days forever, wandering in the desert of football mediocrity, wondering if anyone can ever get us back there. Hopefully Karl can.

          Barnett? Good coach. Big 12 North was pretty weak those days. And I don’t think his candor, nor 70-3 did him any favors.

          As to my coaching? Too thankless. Heck, even coaching little league is too thankless these days. If you haven’t seen this, it’s insane. It’s not directly involving a coach, but dang. People sure have seemed to have forgotten that “sports” are a passtime that are fun, and can carry a lot of life lessons. I guess in that respect, this is a lesson in how not to act:

          https://www.iheart.com/content/2021-04-17-video-shows-high-school-ref-get-body-slammed-by-a-fan/

          Some may say the same civility is lost on discussion forums, too. Certainly not here though.

          Go Buffs

          1. hmmm….I guess the NFL guys were only at CU in 2016
            hmmmm…..Mac got us “some” good wins? just some?
            At least in the same paragraph you leave it up to the HC to get us back.
            And try not to define Barnett’s tenure with 70-3. That was after he told the truth and everyone from PBS to that jerk at the DP screamed “end the program”
            in other words I dont see that as his fault.
            Barnett remained a Buff after he got canned by a chiken poop admin unlike Whackymac who disappeared into the night with something like 9 million dollars for failing.

  17. I have not seen or heard the Wray quote. I’m old.
    Show me.

    Thanks Stu.

    Bolder Bowl Bound Buffs Because Buff COACHES Be Brilliant.

    Watch

  18. About max wray “we don’t really have anyone like that on our team” said dorrell. And osu and the other top teams have like 20 of em.

    Get more of em Karl. The wins will follow.

    Go Buffs

    1. sure
      get more of em Karl…… at least 21. Earache will help (drive em away)….even though he thinks we wont need you

      1. His younger brother Jake Wray was a highly touted CU signee in 2020, but a lingering back issue forced him to medically retire this spring. Jake is still around the football team as he helps CU’s video team.

        “Jake obviously knows Coach Dorrell really well. With him having to retire, Coach Dorrell took really good care of him,” Max Wray said. “So I knew coming in Coach Dorrell and the coaching staff were awesome people. Jake had really high remarks about (strength and conditioning) coach (Shannon) Turley and his ability to train people. It was all great things.”

        He came for the coaching. Gotta like that.

        1. That’s one way to look at it. Or that he came because they’re good people. And he wanted to start, and he was unlikely to break through at OSU. Because they’ve got a bevvy of guys the same or better than him. But either way, we’re glad to have him!

          Hopefully they keep getting more like him.

          Go Buffs.

    2. Was that the full quote or did you add a little bit on the end?

      Coaches draw players to the school.

      Your boy mickey had no one to draw players like that to CU. Fact.

      6 years of downward drip, except for a little bump up caused by the DC. More fact.

      Buffalo up.

      1. I read it somewhere too, don’t remember where.
        Entertaining current chapter in the saga of attacks on Eric. Point is, the quote is legit.

        Ps I’m starting to get confused what exactly you guys arguing at this point haha. Still entertaining tho 🤷🏼‍♂️

  19. Reads and sounds like CU better get Turley on a longer term contract than just one year, otherwise some other school will see what he accomplished [or will/should] at CU and poach him.

    Really, I’m hoping that Turley’s loyal to KD for the chance after the “mysterious” firing at Stanford and that Boulder has his heart for it’s location and all it offers in life style and etc. NoCal where Stanford is located has it trees and the Sierra Nevada’s are close, but those are more than 2 hours (in good traffic) from the peninsula and Boulder is at the foot of the Rockies.

    One would only be missing the ocean, but it’s cold and foggy in that area, so ones not really not missing much there compared to the 300 days of sun in Colorado. And you can get a way better home in Boulder for the same money or way less than you can in Silicone Valley.

  20. Today is August 3………………………..31 days to kickoff.

    Holy Moly…….

    Buffalo up boys…………..

    Bowl Bound Bolder Buffs

  21. Stuart, I’m right there with you on the paper tickets. I, too, still have tickets from waaaay back in the day! I’ll miss them.

  22. Has anyone heard anything as far as if Dorrell is planning to use the 2 available scholarships for any additional transfers? I would expect every team that we are playing against this season will all have several “extra” senior players. If we can add depth to the DL or get another quality Safety/CB, why wouldn’t we?

    Have any of you heard of any discussions with transfer targets that CU might be interested in? I assume a transfer can still be added. Pretty sure there is a deadline, but I don’t know when that is.

    1. I would be surprised if there are any last minute additions. Rosters are set as of August 1st for the 85-man limit, so any additions now would be very last minute.
      More likely, the scholarships will go to a walk-on senior or “junior” who will not be coming back for 2022, so it won’t count against next year’s total.
      Or, perhaps kicker Evan Price, who is a walk-on who probably deserves a scholarship.

      1. curious Holer-dogs
        recruiting rankings……..
        2021 20
        2020 20
        2019 17
        2018 23
        2017 23
        2016 26

        Now based on their recent record I find that shocking don’t you?
        It could suggest crappy coaching but that is impossible cause ear-of-the-ache says it is 75% players and 25% coaching.

        Oh well, back to the future

        Bowling Ball Buffs

        1. crappy coaching yes
          but
          when being recruited the recruits see what a big deal football is at cobbtown but after being there a short while they also find out how crappy the best fans in the world are.
          Does wonders for motivation.

  23. Program Note: For those wondering what became of all of their previous posts under this heading … Fear not, they still exist. As of July 25th, however, they have been relegated to the “Spring/Summer” banner for 2021, as the “Fall Camp” banners are now open. If you want to see your old comments, just scroll down on the main page to “Colorado Daily – Spring/Summer”.

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