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I am writing you this post today because we (Buffs basketball alumni) need your help. I wanted this to be posted on Allbuffs because this is the biggest and best Buffs community and there's no better place when it comes to supporting a cause like ours. You guys have helped us get some votes but I truly believe members and readers of the site can help us even more.
We have put a ton of time and effort into organizing this thing and, as of today, we are not eligible. We have to push more votes! I can only wonder how the like likes of Utah, Gonzaga, and Utah State fan bases have produced more than BuffNation.
So, what I'm asking from you is to tell people at your work, tell people in your family, and tell your friends to help us become eligible for The Basketball Tournament, take two minutes and give us a vote!
I believe in Allbuffs and I hope this will push us into the Top-10.
Thanks and Go Buffs!
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1. Will Davis Webb enroll at CU?
2. Will Sefo be healthy enough to play?
3. Will Montez be ready in his development if called upon?
4. Will Awini have any "wildcat" packages?
5. Will Gehrke have a role? Will he graduate/transfer?
1. Will Carr or Adkins be able to seize the feature back role?
2. Will Bisharat become the "big back" in the 2-back set? Or does Lindsay fill that role?
3. Will Julmisse fit in at RB in the Lee role as expected or might he move to WR or defense?
1. Can Shay Fields be a #1 WR?
2. Is Juwann Winfree an instant star?
3. Does Devin Ross finally break out this season?
4. Will Awini, Bobo, Ento, Jan and/or MacIntyre provide quality depth or even earn a starting job?
5. Will a freshman emerge from Huntley, Rakestraw or Julmisse?
1. Is Irwin ready to be a consistent receiving threat?
2. Will Frazier bounce back from a disappointing 2015 as a short yardage & red zone playmaker?
3. Are Keeney or Bounds ready to step up and contribute in significant ways?
1. Will Jeromy Irwin be back at full health anchoring the line from the LT position?
2. Will Gerrad Kough build on his strong spring and solidify the left side of the OL from LG?
3. Will Alex Kelley benefit from being pushed by Tim Lynott and be the leader as a 6th yr C/ 3-year starter this line needs from the C position, calling protections and recognizing defenses?
4. Who will emerge at RG in one of the deepest position battles we'll see this fall from among Lynott, Jonathan Huckins, John Lisella, Josh Kaiser and maybe even Shane Callahan?
5. Who will emerge at RT to answer the biggest question mark on the OL among Callahan, Sam Kronshage and Aaron Haigler?
6. Will the coaches find a grad or juco transfer to solidify the right side of the OL?
1. Will Josh Tupou be back at 100% and play to his potential as a guy who can make an All Pac-12 team?
2. Will the youth rotating behind Tupou (Franke, Lopez, Tuiloma) hold up and allow him to stay fresh?
1. Is Jordan Carrell able to take his game to the next level with an All Pac-12 team type season?
2. Will Samson Kafovalu fulfill all his obligations and make it back to start on the opposite side?
3. Will Coleman gain the weight he needs to play more downs as a backup? Same for Mathewes?
4. Will Leo Jackson take a step forward and provide reliable every-down depth?
5. Will Tyler Henington come back and shore up this position group?
1. Will Derek McCartney take the next step as a pass rusher and become a consistent playmaker?
2. Will Jimmie Gilbert improve against the run so his ability as a pass rusher can be on the field more?
3. Will NJ Falo remain on the team after his offseason arrest to be the primary backup at OLB?
4. Might Addison Gillam be able to play OLB at times as Jim Leavitt experimented with last fall?
5. Can Deaysean Rippy give the team anything here as a senior?
1. Will Addison Gillam return to form and play like the guy who was a freshman All American 3 years ago?
2. Will Kenneth Olugbode take another step forward as a senior who has started a ton of games?
3. Will Drew Lewis provide immediate impact as a juco transfer?
4. Will Rick Gamboa build on a surprisingly strong freshman year?
5. Will either Ryan Severson or Trent Headley emerge for depth?
6. Will Akil Jones force his way onto the field as a true freshman?
1. Will Chidobe Awuzie be able to shut down half the field and play like the All Pac-12 talent he is?
2. Can Isaiah Oliver build on a great spring to be a playmaker at the other CB?
3. Will Ahkello Witherspoon find the consistency to allow Awuzie to slide in to NB against spread?
4. Will Afolabi Laguda build on his spring at NB1 and allow Awuzie to stay outside against spread?
5. Does Nick Fisher push at NB after showing promise in the spring while moving to S?
6. Is juco transfer Kyle Trego the answer at NB?
7. Do any of the freshmen emerge at CB from among Ronnie Blackmon, Trey Udoffia and Ca'Ron Baham?
1. Will Tedric Thompson put it all together as a big hitter and ballhawk for an All Pac-12 senior year?
2. Will Ryan Moeller take the next step as a great battery mate to Thompson?
3. Will at least 2 guys step up from Laguda, Fisher and Trego to provide quality depth?
4. Might Baham or Julmisse move to safety to shore up the depth chart?
1. Has Diego fixed the yips from the left hash to be a reliable PK as a senior?
2. Will Alex Kinney take the next step from how he finished 2015 and become a player who can make an All Pac-12 team as a sophomore?
3. Will JT Bale build on a great spring to make us not notice long snapping the same way we didn't notice it the past several years with Wyatt Tucker-Smith?
4. Will Jay MacIntyre hold onto the PR duties or will one of the electric freshmen emerge - Ronnie Blackmon, maybe?
5. Who will emerge from the open camp battle for KR? Severson, Lee, Ross, Carr, Lindsay and others are possibilities along with a number of freshmen who bring a lot of speed and HS return highlights?
With lots of new offers having gone out recently with Chiaverini's arrival as recruiting coordinator, time to go ahead and get this thread started.
Some quick notes about the class in general:
1. It will be a big class. Currently, the junior class has 24 scholarship players on the roster. While it is expected that this number will decrease after spring practices, it should still number at least 20 when the season starts. A good early number for this class is an even 25, but that may go higher if you include gray shirts from this class like Hunter Vaughn and Colby Pursell. A full roster breakdown is available here: http://www.allbuffs.com/threads/2015-colorado-football-roster-with-16-commits.104835/
2. Expect the class to be mostly be balanced by position, although more linemen heavy than the 2016 class.
3. The Colorado prep class is likely to be the deepest class in a long time. The Buffs have offered nine juniors to date and several of those players have multiple P5 offers. Additionally, there are a handful of other juniors on CU's radar.
4. Expect an increased presence in So Cal and the DFW metroplex with the arrival of Chiaverini. Additionally, expect the Buffs to continue to recruit Georgia/Florida/Louisiana with the Jim Leavitt/Joe Thumpkin/Charles Clark trio.
Overall, some of the major questions to be answered with this class:
Can the Buffs parlay a winning season into in-state recruiting success?
A lot of recruiting success will come down to how well the Buffs perform on the field, but the Buffs could put themselves in good early position with a number of in-state prospects with the coaching staff shakeups that have occurred over the last couple years. With such a deep in-state class in 2017, the Buffs do not necessarily have to land the blue chips to be successful with in-state recruiting.
Will the Buffs be able to effectively recruit in the trenches?
With both Gary Bernardi and Jim Jeffcoat likely to be back in 2017, both coaches will be under the microscope as fans hope they can improve upon their recruiting results to date. By and large, most of the OL/DL recruits under this staff have either been lightly recruited or well off the radar. With plenty of scholarships to give in 2017, it will be vital for Bernardi and Jeffcoat to help land some quality players at their respective position groups.
Can the Buffs gain some traction in southern California and Dallas/Fort Worth?
As mentioned above, Darrin Chiaverini is expected to recruit both of these areas heavily for the Buffs. Additionally, the possible addition of Darian Hagan to the staff would likely give the Buffs a boost in Los Angeles. To date, the Buffs have struggled to gain the attention of even average P5 recruits in both areas, although they seem to be getting some attention late in the 2016 class.
Will the southern trio continue their success?
Without a doubt, the top players of the 2016 class currently all hail from the South. With a full recruiting cycle under their belts, the Buffs should be able to snag more players from the region in 2017. The state to watch may well be Louisiana. The Buffs were able to leverage the connection to Kordell Stewart's high school with getting a handful of teammates to visit last weekend. Can they expand that reach to other high schools in the New Orleans area?
Can the Buffs improve in the recruitment of Polynesian players?
Despite having a visible Poly player starting at QB in Sefo Liufau, the Buffs have largely struggled with Poly recruiting under Mike MacIntyre.
CU's 2017 classA list of players that have verbally committed to Colorado for the 2017 class: High school seniors RB — Alex Fontenot, 5-11, 185; Richmond, Tex.
<b>By Brian Howell</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
The Colorado Buffaloes football program has renewed yet another rivalry among their former foes from the Big 12 Conference.
<b>By Pat Rooney</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
Always challenged to convince NCAA Tournament-type teams to come to Boulder for nonconference games, Colorado head coach Tad Boyle is pleased with the early ledger the Buffs have put together for 2016-17.
<b>By Pat Rooney</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
CU's class of 2017 commitsA list of players that have verbally committed to Colorado for the 2017 class: High school seniors RB - Alex Fontenot, 5-11, 185; Richmond, Tex.
<b>By Brian Howell</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>