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Some observations from Colorado practice

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  1. RSSBot

    RSSBot News Junkie

    Jul 8, 2005
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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado's practice went well over two and a half hours Tuesday. There was plenty of hitting and suffice it to say that new coach Jon Embree leads an animated, vocal staff.

    Some observations.
    • There seems to be little question that Tyler Hansen will be the starting quarterback. He didn't have a great practice, but even then his command and presence stood out. Redshirt freshman Nick Hirschman seemed to lead in the battle with JC transfer Brent Burnette for the backup job.
    • Two defensive players who stood out haven't done so previously in their careers: senior DT Conrad Obi and junior LB Douglas Rippy. Both pass the eyeball test and, more important, both have been consistently making plays. Obi, in particular, is intriguing: Athletic 310-pound defensive tackles are really, really nice to have.
    • The offense ran better than it passed. RB Rodney Stewart and company will benefit from a pro-style scheme that uses a fullback. Of course, seeing that the Buffaloes didn't use a fullback last year, the fullback candidates converted from other positions, including Tyler Ahles, who was in the rotation at LB last fall.
    • Embree said before spring he would emphasize special teams and he's clearly following through, though that doesn't mean the special teams were consistently good.
    • UCLA fans probably won't want to watch Colorado's offense this year: Sophomore receiver Paul Richardson, who transferred from UCLA after an off-field incident, appears poised for a breakout season. He's clearly the Buffaloes best receiver.
    • Junior Ray Polk may have the inside track at safety, where he'd start beside senior Anthony Perkins, who's out with a knee injury. Cornerback still seems unclear among a gaggle of candidates, including senior Jonathan Hawkins, sophomore Deji Olatoye, junior Makiri Pugh and sophomore Jered Bell.

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  2. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

    Jul 21, 2009
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    interesting that Orms wasn't listed as a CB candidate? didn't he play nickel CB last year?
  3. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

    Jan 11, 2008
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    He started the year as the starting nickel back but they brought him in as a free safety, not a corner. They liked the idea of a guy with safety instincts who was decent as a cover guy. He is not a pure corner and would be exposed.

    I am not surprised to not see him in the mix as his injury was devestating. He should come back and be a solid contributor but it might not be this year and for this spring he is probably just getting his legs under him again.

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