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Hugh Charles

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Chilly, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Chilly

    Chilly Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2005
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    Hugh Charles (Colorado – 4SR) 5’8” 190 Combine Invite: No
    A pulled left hamstring slowed his start to the season, but after a tune up against Miami (Ohio), Charles has exploded to begin the Big XII season. Starting with Miami (Ohio), Charles ran off four straight 100-yard games. He had their lone score, a 25-yard run, in the first half against Oklahoma that helped give them enough confidence they could score on the Sooners to pull a shocking upset with an incredible fourth quarter. Charles finished the game with 110 yards on 24 carries and led the team in receiving with five receptions for 48 yards. He became the first RB to go over 100 yards against Kansas State this year as he put up a career-high 171 yards in a loss. His string of 100-yard games was snapped in their loss against Kansas. Charles managed just 39 yards on 11 carries and lost a huge fumble in the red zone, his first of the season, which bought him some time on the bench as per HC Dan Hawkins’ policy. Charles bounced back with 20-121-1 on the ground and 5-26-1 through the air in a win at Texas Tech on 10/27/07, but had only 55 yards on 14 carries in a loss to Missouri the following week. The Tigers talked after the game about being able to game plan to contain Charles by forcing everything inside and restricting his ability to get the corner and use his speed for big gains. However, he was installed as the primary kick returner in the game, a move with would prove quite productive over the final four games. Charles failed to break 100 yards again in a loss at Iowa State on 11/10/07, but returned six kicks for 161 yards. After a bye, Charles saved his career day for his final Big 12 game in a thrilling 65-52 defeat of Nebraska on 11/23/07. He scored on runs of 9, 1, and 2 yards in a second half comeback, finishing with 169 yards on 33 carries against a poor Cornhusker run defense. He also returned five kicks for 125 yards and caught a 33-yard pass. The Buffalos returned to the post-season after a one-year hiatus and faced Alabama in the Independence Bowl. Charles was limited to 69 yards on 14 carries in the loss, but returned six kicks for 126 yards. Surprisingly, Charles didn’t participate in an all-star game.

    One of the big hurdles he overcame was establishing trust and a rapport with HC Dan Hawkins. Charles has admitted the coaching change was rough and contributed to his disappointing 2006 season. However, both Charles and the team were on the same page with Hawkins last season and both improved. He had a few nice games, but hasn’t produced consistently over his career. A standout on the track team, he is a superb, if small, physical specimen. He can’t pack much more weight on his frame, but has outstanding strength for his size. His primary attribute as a runner, and only outstanding one, is his elite speed. However, he tries to bounce everything outside. His impressive late audition as a kick return gives him a bit more appeal, but without a Combine invite, he’ll only have an opportunity to impress scouts and front office personnel at Colorado’s Pro Day and in individual workouts. He looks like an UDFA.

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