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purify and brown

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by jrod212, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. jrod212

    jrod212 Member

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    how were they used in like 2001 and 2002 or whenever. How did they switch off and stuff? what types of runners were they?
     
  2. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Runners with great offensive linemen in front of them.
     
  3. RalphieMalph

    RalphieMalph Well-Known Member

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    That's true, but don't forget the value of Brandon Drumm either. That man was an absolute monster.

    I think for the most part Purify and Brown were used interchangeably, though Purify got more carries between the 20's and Brown got more in the red zone due to his more punishing style (this was in the 2001 season, in 2002 Brown received almost all of the carries throughout the season, though Brian Calhoun took most of the carries late in the season when Brown was injured).

    Also in 2001 (which was undoubtedly the pinnacle season for that stable of running backs), Cortlen Johnson was almost always in the game on passing downs, as he was a far more adept route runner and receiver than Brown or Purify could have ever dreamed of being.
     
  4. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Drumm was the man. I'd like to see the Buffs recruit another steamroller like Drumm.
     
  5. jrod212

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    he was the FB right?
     
  6. RalphieMalph

    RalphieMalph Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. He also had one of the coolest nicknames in Buffs history, "The Alaskan Assassin" :thumbsup:
     
  7. jrod212

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    i wish kai was still here. he woulda been my drumm.
     
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    In 2002, Purify was primarily our 3rd down back (when not injured). Brown was just such a monster when healthy but was really never that great a pass catcher.

    Our offense was so horribly predictable that year it was amazing that Brown got as many yards as he did. With Hodge at QB, all we could throw were screens to purify and Calhoun....

    If it was over 3rd and about 7, there was a 90% chance plus that it was a screen to Purify.

    Nebraska's offense this year is going to be GREAT (until the 3rd or 4th game or whenver NU plays someone with talent) because Watson is so predictable that its going to get CRUSHED later in the year.
     
  11. 87Buffster

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    Thanks for that link. From where I sit, Spoon is definitely worthy of being part of a top five list. Anthony Weatherspoon rushed for over 1,000 yards, and being in the wishbone, he was always one of four rushers on the field. He was a stud.

    Spoon passed away in 2005 from leukemia and another blood disorder, which saddened me... he was a fan favorite, had a lot of spirit, and was just a beast of a fullback for our wishbone attack.
     
  12. buffalo30

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    I'm not surprised by any of the names on the list. The Buffs have had many good fullbacks over the years going back to Dal Ward's and Eddie Crowder's teams. John "The Beast" Bayuk may have been one of the meanest football players ever. He got the nickname for a reason. Bayuk was supposed to have bit some guy in a big pile up one time. He probably did it a few times.:lol:
    You can read about it here:

    http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2006/oct/05/orange-bowl-win-still-sweet-50-years-later/
     
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    Gene Worden(22) was/is(?) a history teacher at longmont high school. very good teacher and one hell of a nice guy. he is the first one to tell me the story of the guy biting the mizzou football player. :lol:
     
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    Caped off with a gama against a charlatan of an NU team... :lol:
     
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    Spoon was one of my favorite CU fullbacks too. :thumbsup:
     
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    Jrod - one good way to brush up on your CU football history might be to pick up a couple of DVDs that I believe are available at College Corner on the Hill (and probably elsewhere in the campus area, maybe even the bookstore). The first is of the 1990 Orange Bowl (the "National Title" game) and the second is of the 62-36 game. The second game does a good job of illustrating the running styles and strengths of Purify and Brown. Pop 'em in with some buddies, have a couple beers and enjoy.

    If you could find anything on the '94 season that would probably be valuable and entertaining as well, but I don't know of any commercially available DVDs on that year.

    Also, this video is EXCELLENT and is a free summary of modern Buffalo football:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJUJ8avYkFA"]YouTube - Colorado Football[/ame]
     
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    7 minutes in is something that gets my blood pumping every time. And it's not cause it's against the goats. It's comparable to that famous photo of ali flexing over that dude he just knocked the hell out.l
     
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    Got damn I love that video!
     
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    I love that vid, but is that speech at the end pulled from the recent remake of The Bad News Bears? That really sounds like Billy Bob Thornton talking...
     
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    Isnt it from Friday Night Lights?
     
  22. RalphieMalph

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    Ahh, that must be it. I only saw that movie once and promptly forgot about it... outside of The Program there's really never been a football based movie that I really liked.

    Note: I'd add "Rudy" to that list if they'd release a version of it where he goes to play for Alcorn State instead of the Irish.
     
  23. 87toInfinity

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    Hobbits can't play football.
     
  24. jrod212

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    why do some of the players in that video have jerseys which expose their mid section? was that the style back then?
     
  25. 87toInfinity

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    That is the late 80's to early/mid 90's style.
     
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    I think you're probably talking about Matt Russell. Yeah, that style was all the rage in the mid-90s.
     
  28. 87toInfinity

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    Or Michael Westbrook...he is who I think of when I think of those jerseys.

    BTW, the clip of Rashaan reaching that end zone for 2,000 gave me goosebumps...I can still feel my feet shaking and my ears bursting from the crowd after that play. Definitely my most clear memory from when I was 7 years old.
     
  29. RalphieMalph

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    That's the infamous late 80/early 90's college football look, which was often complimented by preposterously large shoulder pads (Chris Hudson #47 shows up at a couple points in that video sporting some MONSTER shoulder apparel) and exposed flak jackets that'd flop around as players ran (these were less common). If you watch that 1990 National Championship DVD I'm pretty sure there are some shots in the pregame of CU players cutting/sewing their jerseys up to get that end effect.

    Personally, I'd love to see college football somehow go back to that look. That period of time was the one era of football where the players (not just the style of play) in the pro game and the college game looked entirely different. I thought that was really cool.
     
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    Listening to Larry Zimmer's call of the game brings back great memories. Talk about a homer announcer! If you missed the first part of the game and turned on the radio broadcast, you would immediately know if the Buffs were winning or losing by listening for Zimmer's enthusiastic (winning) or dejected (losing) comments.....
     

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