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Colorado Daily – USC

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  1. RSSBot

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    By Stuart

    [h=3]Colorado Daily – USC[/h]October 14th
    Jon Embree wants to focus on offense with extra days before USC game
    Colorado is last in the Pac-12 in scoring defense … by a wide margin. The Buffs are giving up 41.3 points per game. The next worst team in the Pac-12, at least in terms of giving up points, is Arizona, which is giving up 32.7 points per game.
    So CU head coach Jon Embree’s focus … is on the offense.
    From the Daily Camera … During his postgame comments Thursday night, Embree made it clear that he believes his defense is doing enough to win games and he has been disappointed with the inability of the offense to be more productive.
    Embree said he planned to meet with his offensive staff Friday afternoon to discuss ways of improving the offense and scoring more points in the second half of the season, which is definitely the tougher half of the 2012 schedule.
    In an interview with the Camera on Friday morning, Embree expanded on his thoughts about the need for more offensive production. He said he understands the perception created by lopsided scores is that the defense is the major problem, and he wants to see improvement on that side of the ball, too. But he believes that aside from the 69-14 loss at Fresno State, the defense has played well enough to win this season.
    “This conference is an offensive conference,” Embree said. “You’re going to have to score 30-plus points to have a chance to win. Our defense has given us a chance. (Thursday) night it was 34-17 for a long time and if we can put some pressure on them and do some things offensively, that helps the defense out.
    “When you’re playing these spread offenses and you’re sprinting 40, 50 yards every snap to try to get to the ball, it starts wearing you down. So the combination of us not scoring and three-and-outs, you put your defense at risk. That’s exactly what we’ve done.”
    The Buffs are scoring just 20.6 points per game and are one of the worst rushing teams in the nation averaging 110 yards a game. Embree said those facts must change for CU to be more competitive going forward.
    “We’ve got to look and find ways of how to run the football better,” Embree said. “I mean, how many fourth-and-1s have we not made this year? We got to have a way to run the ball and say, ‘Hey, we can run this play and get three of four yards.’
    “We’ve got to, as a staff, find a way to help the kids and find a way for us to be able to do that. … If you look at other scores around the conference at what other teams are doing, you got to get around 30 points, and we’re not doing that.”
    Crawley calls players out
    Freshman leadership, bravado, or …. something else?
    From the Daily Camera … Freshman cornerback Kenneth Crawley said after the Arizona State game that he believes some of his teammates on defense quit down the stretch against the Sun Devils.
    “I feel as though the defense gave up, some players gave up,” Crawley said. “They’re a hell of a team. They’ve got a lot of great athletes, but I felt like we should have done better.”
    Crawley was asked why he thought some of his teammates quit.
    “We’re down for one,” he said. “That’s basically it. We was down. … I know there was some (quit) out there.”
    Embree and CU junior Parker Orms both said they don’t agree with Crawley’s assessment that some players threw in the towel. Embree said he believes the Sun Devils’ final touchdown was a product of CU defenders not being able to focus after watching linebacker Brady Daigh taken off the field on a stretcher.
    Embree reported Daigh had passed all necessary tests and was released from the hospital. He said the sophomore might be healthy enough to play as early as this week.

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