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Recruiting Notebook – Offense

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    [h=3]Quarterbacks[/h]Player Lost – Senior Tyler Hansen. In his up-and-down career at Colorado, Hansen played in 33 games, starting 28. Hansen’s numbers, which will have to be replaced next fall: 872 pass attempts (3rd on the CU all-time list); 505 completions (3rd); 5,705 passing yards (4th); 36 touchdown passes (4th), and 6,183 yards of total offense (4th).
    Players ReturningNick Hirschman (So.*), John Schrock (R-Fr.*), Stevie Joe Dorman (R-Fr.*), Brent Burnette (Sr.*), and Connor Wood (So.*) – Of the three, only Nick Hirschman saw any action in 2011. Hirschman played*in five games, earning the*first start of his career*against Arizona State. Hirschman’s stats for 2011: 18-for-35 passing, for 192 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions.**
    *denotes status for the 2012 season.
    Commitments for the Class of 2012
    While technically not a member of the recruiting Class of 2012, transfer Connor Wood still deserves mention here. Wood was a member of the high school recruiting Class of 2010, committing to play for Texas. Wood did not play for the Longhorns, opting to transfer instead. Wood enrolled in school in Boulder in late August, and will be eligible (three seasons remaining) come the start of the 2012 season. While Wood has not thrown a pass in competition in two years, there are many in the Buff Nation who believe that Wood is the answer to many of the Buffs’ offensive issues. True, Hirschman, Dorman,*and Schrock will give Wood a run for his money during spring ball – and perhaps into fall camp – but Wood appears to be the player most likely to take the field against Colorado State next September.
    So, what do we know about Wood?
    [h=2]CONNOR WOOD – QB[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 30th … Wood is a quarterback from Second Baptist high school in Houston. Wood is 6’4, 209-pounds, and reportedly runs a 4.6 in the 40.*Rivals bio*Scout bio *
    What others say about Wood … Wood was considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a four-star player out of the Class of 2010. Rivals ranked Wood as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation, and the 113th-best player in the 2010 Class overall. Scout ranked Wood as the No. 9 overall quarterback prospect in the country.
    Bart Simmons, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, had this to say about Wood coming out of high school:
    On the Hoof: Physically, Wood has a great quarterback body. He has broad shoulders, is strong through the chest, has a sturdy base and should have the strength to take a college pounding. Wood is similar in size and build to current Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
    Needs Improvement: At times, Wood doesn’t consistently get good spin on his football, particularly on vertical routes. He has a tendency to hang the football in the air too long. He will need an adjustment period to deal with the speed of the college game after playing at a low level of football in high school.
    Most Impressive: Wood has very good arm-strength, but what really makes him special is his athleticism. His high release combined with good size benefit him as a passer. Though he is a big, physical prospect, Wood can really run, is mobile in the pocket and is very comfortable throwing on the run and outside of the pocket. As far as the physical tools that you look for in a quarterback, there is very little that Wood is lacking.
    Wood had other offers from … almost everywhere. In addition to Texas, Wood had offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Missouri, Arizona … you name the school, and Wood probably could have gone there if he had wanted to. Which makes Wood’s current status all the more exciting. Buff fans don’t have to wait until February to know if Wood will be wearing black-and-gold next fall … Wood is already a Buff, and spent this past fall running the scout team for the Buffs.
    [h=2]SHANE DILLON – QB[/h]
    Just the facts … Committed May 12th … Dillon is a quarterback from El Cajon, California. Dillon is 6’5

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