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    By Stuart

    September 6th
    Stephane Nembot moving to offensive tackle
    Stephane Nembot, the 6’7″, 280-pound true freshman from Van Nuys, California (by way of Cameroon), will red-shirt this fall.
    That information, in and of itself, is not a surprise. Nembot has only two years of experience with football, and would be well served taking this year to bulk up his large frame, while at the same time learning the nuances of the college game.
    What was a suprise is that Nembot will be moving to the offensive side of the ball, and will be learning the trade of an offensive tackle.
    “We will redshirt Nembot,” Jon Embree said Tuesday. “He wants to play offensive tackle. He just said he felt more comfortable over there. We’ll start working him there today and give him a chance to grow, learn the system.
    “He’s got great feet, so I think he can be a natural tackle.”
    September 5th
    Jon Embree Post-Practice Quotes
    On the energy of the team in the first practice after the Hawai’i game: “They had good energy. They were disappointed. I told them, and I’m going to tell them this every week. ‘It doesn’t matter if we win or lose, we have to get ready for the next week’. We don’t have time to dwell on the week before.”
    On reviewing the game film – “On the offensive side, just very uncharacteristic. The mistakes, like the center/QB exchange, that was disappointing. It was good to seem them come out and play well in the second half, but we have to play like that from the beginning. Defensively, it was just tackling. I keep telling them, ‘tackling is getting more than one guy to the ball’. When you have one guy, it could be a mismatch. On special teams, we have to be better in our coverage, that hurt us twice. So we’re going to look at what we have to do there to fix that.”
    On the failures of the offensive line – “It was really some technique stuff with those guys … We’ve been better. We have. We’ve been better, so it was disappointing. But it isn’t always just the offensive line. Sometimes its the receivers, sometimes its the quarterback – it wasn’t always them.”
    On the play of centers Daniel Munyer and Gus Handler – “They both played well. Gus was in there and messed up the count snapping, and Munyer was in there on the fumbled C/QB (exchange on the first play of the game). Overall, they were good on targets, making calls (at the line of scrimmage), so they were good with that.”
    On changes in the depth chart – “No. Not initially. I’m sure there will be some guys playing more than others. We’ll keep looking at guys. We’ll keep evaluating our returners. Every week, we’re going to keep on evaluating them, trying to get our best guys out there. Trying to put ourselves in the best opportunity to win.”
    On whether the Cal game is a “Brick” game – “Yes. There are going to be eight opportunities probably this year. The big disappointment is that we are going to have the Big 12 championship team coming back, and (the bricks) are not going to be up. They understand what’s at stake, and understand what they have to do. So, we’ll see ….”.
    David Bakhtiari “day-to-day”
    The only significant injury to come out of the Hawai’i game was suffered by starting offensive tackle David Bakhtiari. The sophomore left tackle suffered a sprain knee in the first half, and did not return. “(Bakhtiari) is a great player and he is a great tackle. That hurts us a lot,” quarterback Tyler Hansen said after the game. “Hopefully he’s all right, because that definitely messed up a little of our chemistry.”
    On Monday, Bakhtiari was listed as “day-to-day” with an MCL sprain to his knee. “They say he is doing well so we’ll see when he is able to go,” Embree said.
    Granted, the absence of one starter in the second half does not excuse the 17 net yards rushing the Buffs posted against Hawai’i, nor does it erase the memory of the seven sacks administered upon Tyler Hansen.
    But any hint of good news when it comes to the offensive line is welcome.
    Recall that last year, when Colorado lost to Cal, 52-7, offensive line protection was a major issue. Last September in Berkeley, Tyler Hansen was sacked …
    … you guessed it.
    Seven times.
    2001 team hopes to bring good karma to Folsom Field
    In 2001, Colorado won its only Big 12 championship.
    In 2001, the Buffs opened the season with a loss to a mid-major team.
    Perhaps it will be of some service to the 2011 team to have the 2001 team on hand for the season opener against Cal.
    Coach Gary Barnett and most of the roster that put a historic whooping on Nebraska and upset Texas to claim the title will reunite just as the 1990 national championship team did last fall.
    A handful of players still under contracts in the National Football League and most of the coaching staff from that season won’t be able to attend because they will be competing in games elsewhere this weekend, but many familiar faces such as quarterback Bobby Pesavento, running back Bobby Purify, linebacker Sean Tufts and offensive lineman Victor Rogers will be on hand to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a 10-3 season that many believe should have ended with the Buffs playing for the national title.
    Recall that the 2000 Buff team finished 3-8, and little was expected of the Buffs in 2001.
    “We had a bunch of seniors and a good group of seniors who were just determined to go out at the end of their career on top or as close to being on top as possible,” Pesavento said. “And lastly, we just had really damn good football players. We had a bunch of guys who were just really good and jelled well together and cheered for one another. It was one of those situations where we would do anything for the guy next to us.”
    Colorado is heavily laden with seniors this year. Seniors who vowed this off-season to work towards posting a winning season and a bowl trip, leaving with a winning team as their legacy.
    The Buffs will have to go 7-5 the rest of the way to make a bowl, with six games still to be played on the road.
    Here’s hoping the 2001 team provides some real inspiration this Saturday …

    Originally posted by CU At the Game
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