CU Class of '09. Who Will Be the First to See Playing Time?

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IFebruary 8, 2009

Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!

The fax machine at the Dal Ward Center may no longer be the object of intense scrutiny. The media may have moved onto to other pursuits. Many Buff fans may have receded back into their "normal" lives.

But you, the loyal Buff fan, are still in need of a CU fix. You need to ease into the blackout period, that dreadful time when the football program makes its trip around the dark side of the moon. That period between signing day and the start of spring practice.

CU at the Game is here for you. New on the website this weekend is a position-by-position breakdown of the 2009 recruiting class.


Quick Quiz No. 1:


Which players from this class are the most likely to see playing time this fall?

No. 1 is easy. Nick Kasa. He is the highest rated player in the class, and the Buffs need a defensive end.

My No. 19 is tight end DaVaughn Thornton. Not because I do not believe Thornton is a talent, but because he is, as Dan Hawkins described, a "skinny 220". With three seniors on the depth chart at tight end, it appears that a redshirt season is in the future for DaVaughn Thornton.

How would you rate the rest of the 2009 class? Where will the other three Colorado products fit in on the list? Will Zach Grossnickle see action in 2009? Parker Orms? What about Jack Harris?

On the website, with a breakdown of the class by position, I have ranked the class in order of likelihood of playing time. Check it out, then let me know your thoughts.


Also new this weekend

- a look at how the rest of the Big 12 North fared in the recruiting wars. Want to feel a bit better about how the Buffs fared in the national rankings? Check out the rest of the North.

For all of the talk about "Bo Knows Football" in Lincoln, Bo apparently doesn’t know recruiting. Under Pelini, Nebraska, in at 28th (Rivals) this season, (33rd at Scout), has had two consecutive classes lower than any full class Bill Callahan ever recruited to play in Lincoln.

Missouri? Two Big 12 North titles ... and a 2009 class where 11 of 25 are considered two-star prospects.

Kansas State? It’s so bad, you almost feel sorry for Bill Snyder...almost.


Quick Quiz #2


Name your three best Buff buddies in ten seconds or less ... Go!

Now, are these three individuals you just listed on the CU at the Game email update list?

If not, why not? Not sure? Then forward this email onto them, and we’ll find out.

There is nothing colder and darker for a Colorado football fan than a February without Buff news. CU at the Game is here to help. I’ll be sending out at least two email updates between now and the start of spring practice (March 31st).

I will compile information on eligibility (Katoa, Simas, and Tao are all looking good), injury updates (Major, Iltis, Burney, Miller, and Luke Walters all appear to be on schedule), as well as schedule changes (game dates for West Virginia and Oklahoma State have been moved. Will Miami (Ohio) be next?), and information about spring practice and the spring game.

Share the wealth. Get your fellow Buff fanatics on the email update list (I get lonely if I don’t hear from you!). Forward this email on with instructions to drop me a note at

Go Buffs!


P.S. Don’t forget to send me your "Guest Archivist" entries. It will help us all get through the rest of winter just a little faster if we get to read about your favorite Buff games!