"I Think It Was the Best Spring We've Had" —Dan Hawkins

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IMay 3, 2009

Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!

Spring practice may be over; the start of fall practice still three months away.

But CU football news keeps pouring in.

Of course, on the website is a complete recap of the Spring, including notes, quotes, stats, and stories from the Spring game, along with a first look at the post-spring depth chart.

But there is so much more:

Wide receiver recruits. No news yet on potential wide receiver recruits Toney Clemonsand Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Clemons is set to visit Cincinnati in the next week or two, then make his decision). Instead, here is some news on the three recruits who have signed for 2009.

Ussery and Darden on hand for Spring game. The two incoming freshmen wide receiver recruits, Jarrod Darden and Terdema Ussery, were on campus for the Spring game. Both liked what they saw, and both are anxious to contribute this fall.

"I just can’t wait to get there so I can contribute and help any way I can," Terdema Ussery told BuffStampede.com. "The possibility for early playing time was definitely one of the things that made me want to sign with them."

Jarrod Darden was equally anxious. "I know how short we are at wide receiver," said Darden. "I am definitely ready to contribute to the team and make some plays."

Neither player feels their respective injuries from 2008 will bar their progress. Ussery, who suffered two concussions last fall, said, "I sat out longer than they said I needed to. I’m good to go. No issue."

Meanwhile, Darden, who sat out all of 2008 with a fractured fibula and torn ankle tendon, is getting back up to speed. "I’m pretty much 100 percent recovered from my injury," said Darden. "I am just trying to get my strength back to where it was before the injury."

Both Darden and Ussery plan on being on campus by June 1.

But what of the third 2009 wide receiver signee, Andre Simmons? The eligibility of junior college prospect Andre Simmons, as you know, remains a question mark. Simmons is enrolled in seven classes this spring, and must complete those (plus three this summer) to be eligible for 2009.

When asked by BuffStampede.com how his classes are going, Simmons replied simply, "Going great". If successful, Simmons could be in Boulder as early as July, and eligible to compete in 2009.

"None of (the seven classes) are that tough right now," said Simmons. "It’s just a matter of getting the work done."

Simmons reported that he is speaking with (former receivers coach, now offensive coordinator) Eric Kiesau three times a week, mostly about grades. Simmons is also in contact with CU linebacker Shaun Mohler, a 2008 junior college transfer who completed eight courses last spring in order to gain eligibility.

Oh yeah—there is new stuff on the website, too.

Kiesau named offensive coordinator. Mark Helfrich is off to Oregon, and, as expected, Kiesau was promoted from within (the Buffs are now in the market for a new wide receivers coach).

Notes and quotes from the week are posted, including a look at the spin the Oregon Ducks are putting on hiring an offensive coordinator who presided over three losing seasons, and whose offenses were ranked no higher than 72nd (95th last season).

The 2009 draft. Only one Buff, Brad Jones, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. There are quotes about Jones, to be sure, but there is also information about the free agent Buff signees, as well as a look at the rest of the Big 12 (Nebraska had its worst back-to-back drafts since 1969-70.

And as for the Cornhuskers’ top draftee, linebacker Cody Glenn - well, he had a bad week).

2010 schedule in flux. The non-conference schedule for next season will include CSU at Ft. Collins, Cal at Berkeley, then Hawaii and Georgia in Boulder. Or will it...? (Perhaps Nebraska will lend Colorado South Dakota State, Idaho, or Western Kentucky...)

Wyoming spring game. Just for fun. Read about the Cowboys, and instantly feel better about game three of the 2009 season.

Okay, how’s that for a start to the offseason?