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From Omaha rag, CU picked 10th in B12. Good read.

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Waylon Van Smack, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. Waylon Van Smack

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    Football Preview: Hawkins remains bullish on Buffaloes
    BY LEE BARFKNECHT
    WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER



    After last football season, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins should know all about pain.

    Big 12 Countdown
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    • World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht's Big 12 picks:

    • 12. Iowa State

    • 11. Baylor

    • 10. Colorado

    • Friday: No. 9 revealed

    Linebacker Jordon Dizon is CU's best player, but the Buffs lost their other top three defenders.Hawkins opened his CU career with a home loss to Division I-AA Montana State. The Buffaloes went on to finish 2-10 — the worst mark at the school in 22 years and his first losing season in 11 years as a head coach.

    After a triple-overtime home loss to Baylor, Hawkins stayed in his office all night to watch film.

    "My wife showed up at 5 in the morning," he said. "We've been married 25 years. She said, 'If you keep doing this, you might not make the next 25.'"

    So pain was everywhere.

    "It was extremely painful," Hawkins said. "That being said, it was a good pain."

    Good pain?

    "It's important as a person that you test yourself," he said. "I'm one of those quirky guys who is all about reinventing yourself. I think there is magic and beauty in that.

    "I've never been a guy who is all about comfort and luxury. I'm a blue-collar guy. I like it when you have to wake up and earn your way."

    With that in mind, Hawkins should love the 2007 season. The Buffaloes will:

    • Start a quarterback who has never taken a major-college snap (junior college transfer Nick Nelson or redshirt freshman Cody Hawkins, the coach's son).

    • Play a schedule as difficult as any in the Big 12, including home games with Florida State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri.

    • Scramble to replace an All-America place-kicker (Mason Crosby) and three of the four best defensive players.

    • Piece together an offensive line rotation after only seven players practiced at those positions in the spring.

    "My mind is going 100 miles an hour thinking about solutions and how we get better," Hawkins said. "When we get this thing back to where it needs to be, should be and can be, then we'll sit back and go, 'It was all worth it.'"

    Colorado supporters will tell you the Buffaloes weren't as far away from success last season as the record indicates. The 10 losses were by an average of 11 points a game.

    CU led at Georgia late in the fourth quarter before losing 14-13; was tied at Nebraska deep into the third quarter before losing 37-14; was eight points behind at Missouri midway through the third quarter before losing 28-13; and was 10 points behind at Oklahoma early in the fourth quarter before losing 24-3.

    Said Hawkins: "You don't want to be close to having a good marriage, and you don't want to be close to getting a raise, and you don't want to be close to graduating.

    "But we were close. We just couldn't quite finish in a few games last year. But we're stronger and more fortified now."

    Colorado at a glance

    • Coach: Dan Hawkins, second year, 2-10.

    • Best player: LB Jordon Dizon. The second-team All-Big 12 pick and team captain had 137 tackles last year. Hell need to play well to stabilize a defense racked by key graduation losses.

    • Best newcomer: OL Ryan Miller. The 6-foot-8, 310-pounder from Littleton, Colo., turned down Notre Dame to stay close to home and help with the rebuilding process.

    • Good news: Despite using a new quarterback, the offense will be much more diversified. Coaches say the offense already is operating at a higher level than at any time in 2006. Our game plans last year were very, very limited, coordinator Mark Helfrich told the Boulder Camera.

    • Bad news: This program is low on star power and depth. Even with the North Division at its nadir, this looks like at least a four-year project to even get back in the divisional title conversation.

    • Key game: Sept. 1 vs. Colorado State in Denver. This program badly needs a shot of confidence. Beating an old rival in the season opener would be great tonic.

    • Camp chatter: The offense scored five touchdowns in the first scrimmage, matching the total from last fall in three scrimmages. . . . Kai Maiava, the last player offered a scholarship for 2007, has moved up to No. 1 at right guard. Maiavas father played at CU from 1969 to 1971, and his brother is a junior linebacker at USC. . . . Hawkins refers to his depth chart as the contributor's chart
     
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    Of course I think that the Buffs will finish higher than 10th in the B12; I rather think that they can make it an interesting mix between MU, NU, and us, but also realise that I have Black and Gold (with Silver frames) glasses on too. Anyway, not a bad read for an article from an Omaha paper. Thanks Waylon.
     
  3. InTheBuff

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    **** the Omaha World-Herald :gun::gun:
     
  4. ladyblaise

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    waylon, when are you going to learn that "cu ranked 10th in the big 12" next to the words "good read" are acceptable only on a fuskerboard?

    i KNOW that you know better. you have even admitted that the owh is the most homerish paper on the planet. so explain why this is a completely biased report?

    sheesh dude.

    **** that. FIGHT CU DOWN THE FIELD!
     
  5. Waylon Van Smack

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    Hawks opinions on things are what I really like about the guy, "he is a good quote" as they say. I dont see where this is a bad read anywhere. ranking 10th was not really the point, thats why they play the games. I thought the Hawkins quotes were good.

    your slant is again predictable, fuskerboard, bla bla.... my style is not going to change, regardless of how hypercritical you are, please put me on ignore so you dont have to read my posts.
     
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  6. KDBuff

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    Thanks for the post, I get the point.
     
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    NU-cu of 99 is on right now on an Omaha channel. Only in Nebraska..... dog days of summer = Husker reruns, love it.
     
  8. Waylon Van Smack

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    Agreed, I think CU does finish higher than 10, IMO the Thanksgiving classic could be for all the marbles of the b12n. MU will find a way to not be in the hunt, I think CU will beat some teams they are not suppose to... we will see.
     
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    Now, if she could just get that damned bra unhooked! :lol:
     
  10. Kameltosis

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    Good read indeed. Hawkins has his hands full right now...hope he works it out which I'm thinking he will.

    And whatever dude...the OWH roxors :>D
     
  11. unbiasedtruth

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    reading an article about Colorado in the Omaha paper is like reading a story about OU in the Dallas Morning News. With either and 85 cents I can go to 7/11 and get a cup of coffee......
     
  12. buff82

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    You mean like reading about OU in a Downs syndrome kids tale book.
     
  13. Kameltosis

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    No it's not dude...Oklahomos can't read :D
     
  14. buff82

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    and nebraska shouldn't breed.
     
  15. Kameltosis

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    and colorado ****s a steed!
     
  16. CarolinaBuff

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    :wtf:
    Even if you're not wearing the black and gold glasses it's ridiculous to say that CU is 4 years away from competing for the DIVISIONAL title.
     
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    I agree with his statement but not 4 years...I give it 2 seasons
     
  18. chipwich

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    So that's why it was in the title of the thread.

    I call :bs:
     
  19. unbiasedtruth

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    still have the Sooners 99 1/2 yard cock up your ass I see.... :smile2:
     
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  20. ladyblaise

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    but it's such a GOOD article, really! :huh:

    if we took waylon's advice, everyone would have him on ignore. face it, husker, i am not the only person here who sees through your hidden agenda behind what you choose to post: from the owh to the homers who are probably still jawing that colorado needs to be "kicked out" of the b12. your game is you attempt to be nice with the flames. it is a game nonetheless.

    4 years to compete for a divisional championship is what you think to be a good, fair, and accurate renering of the state of things? pfffft.

    as for putting you on ignore, hold your breath. i will continue to point out how tarded your big red view is. it irritates you, and your little comebacks are of little significance.
     
  21. unbiasedtruth

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    uh.... I think he is talking about the little pink of the Big XII north, there is only ONE Big Red of the Big XII and it is not in the north division....:thumbsup:
     
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    Does anyone else feel like the article was written by a fourth grader?
     
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    fourth grader = overachieving Nebraskan Rhodes scholar candidate:smile2:
     
  24. Liver

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    the folks at pravda would have been proud of that puff piece, waylon.

    the Buffs have some real issues, but i do think they will be much improved on last year.

    and what the **** is an "omaha WORLD herald"? shouldn't it really be called something like: "omaha-is-the-center-of-the-universe daily fuskerian"?
     
  25. Waylon Van Smack

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    Looks like little brother syndrome to me. Some Omaha writer says 10th place and 4 years and you can go no further, thats all you see. Hawk had good things to say in a very short article. Many others here catch the jist of it, others would rather cry foul by the fusker poster (as usual). For someone who claims to be a smart person, you look rather foolish again IMO.
     
  26. unbiasedtruth

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    you dont get it do you..... no one cares what an omaha sportswriter says about CU. I really doubt he even spoke to Coach Hawkins to get the quotes, probably found them in another article and copied them.

    just my 2 cents, but CU and Coach Hawkins will win a Big XII championship before the little pinks of the Big XII north do..... and ol' hillbilly throatslash has a 3 year jump.....
     
  27. Waylon Van Smack

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    thank you Mr. Blaise. :thumbsup::smile2:
     
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  28. Clean Undies

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    Isn't "from Omaha rag" & "by Waylon Von Smack" redundant?
     
  29. ladyblaise

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    actually, all i needed to see was your headline. typical for you to think an army of allbuffers think that the article is fan-****ing-tastic because you think it is.

    from the looks of it, more think the writer, and you, are full of caca.
     
  30. ladyblaise

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    omg! that was so freeking TOP SHELF! how clevers! did you thunk that all by yourself? or did it take a husker collective? :lol:

    if anything productive could come of a husker collective... :huh:
     

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