Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!
Well, it’s here - Spring Practice, 2009!
The first practice for CU will be conducted this Tuesday, Mar. 31, starting at 4:00 PM. The Buffs will take Wednesdays and Sundays off over the next month, with scrimmages set for Saturday, Apr. 11 and Friday, Apr. 17.
Spring ball will culminate with the Spring Game at Folsom Field at 1:00 PM, Saturday, Apr. 25.
To get you in the mood for some Colorado football, here are some
"Spring practice headlines We Would Like to See":
Quarterback: "Hawkins/Hansen/Ballenger (insert your favorite) shows complete command of the new CU offense, takes control of race for starter"
Running Back: "Scott/Stewart combo healthy; remind observers of Brown/Purify from 2001"
Wide Receivers: "Simas turns heads. Simas/McKnight/Smith to incoming freshmen: ‘We’re the Starters’ "
Tight Ends: "Four seniors show leadership; Relishing renewed role of leading dominating rushing game"
Offensive Line: "O-Line coach Denver Johnson: ‘I’ve got my starting five. Depth best I’ve seen in two decades in coaching’ "
Defensive Line: "Backups from 2008 assert themselves as game ready starters for 2009"
Linebackers: "Smart, Mohler, and Beatty starters, but plenty of talent challenging for playing time"
Secondary: "Brown & Brown ready to shut down Big 12 offenses; safety positions settled"
Kicking Game: "Aric Goodman changes kicking approach, attitude. DiLallo resumes 2006 form"
Return Game: "Espinoza and Smith: an exciting combo ready to set new records in 2009"
Also new this week: at http://www.cuatthegame.com: Colorado and Miami (Ohio) have finally gotten their divorce. Attached to the Week that Was is a first look at the Buffs’ Sept. 11 opponent, Toledo (new head coach; most players from 2008 team returning from a team which beat Michigan in Ann Arbor).
Iowa State and Wyoming going in the opposite direction of the Buffs. The Cyclones and Cowboys, both with new coaches in 2009, are adopting the no-huddle, spread offense. Kansas suspends two starters from 2008. CU center prospect Shaun Simon, previously an academic question mark, is now "qualified for college!"
Plus -eight years ago, the Buffs were coming off a losing season, yet managed to ride the game-management abilities of one Bobby Pesavento all the way to the Big 12 championship game.
Re-live the title game from Dallas in this installment of the Archive Game of the Week. Colorado v. Texas, December 1, 2001. The Big 12 title game, played in Texas, an event we’d like to repeat in 2009 (the title game this year is in San Antonio).
What to Expect from CU at the Game during Spring Practice
The Colorado Daily - Each day I will provide a quick update of the highlights from Spring Practice, 2009. Bookmark CU at the Game, and check back often!
Every Sunday - The Week that Was will have more in depth information concerning the stories of the week, as well as an extensive unit-by-unit update.
Plus - after the scrimmages of April 11th and April 17th, as well as the Spring game on April 25th, there will be a compilation of stats, notes and quotes to keep you the best informed CU fan in your office!