Colorado's problem could be its offensive line. Junior left tackle Nate Solder is the Buffaloes' lone upperclassman up front. Perhaps because of the line's inexperience, Colorado has surrendered a quarterback sack on approximately six percent of its drop-back pass plays. Compare that to KU's mark of approximately three percent. One has to imagine the same ineffectiveness might be rubbing off on the Colorado run game. If the Jayhawks contain Stewart on first and second downs and put Colorado in unfavorable down-and-distance situations, the Buffaloes' young quarterback could have a tough time generating first downs.
Well, it appears that Kansas wide receivers Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier don’t deserve all the credit for their big day Saturday against Iowa State. Note to Big 12 defensive coordinators: Don’t do what the Cyclones did. "Iowa State came in and played their base defense and didn’t double-team either one of us," Briscoe said.
No. 17 Kansas at Colorado | Kansas Jayhawks | Wichita Eagle
Gotta hope for this right:
3. The Buffaloes have lost three straight to KU. They have never lost four straight.
Brooks: Burney Eyes Texas Loss, Future - CUBuffs.com
The Andre Simmons watch continues:
THE ANDRE WATCH: It's Week 6 . . . anybody seen Andre Simmons? Not to worry. Simmons believes he's about ready to be seen - perhaps soon. "As the games go by, I gain more confidence with the playbook and the quarterback," he said. "Day by day, I'm getting more momentum and getting more involved . . . hopefully, I can be more productive. Sooner or later everything will fall in place."
Darian Hagan said Rodney Stewart received more carries than Darrell Scott last week against Texas because Rodney was "so damn hot." Now I agree that Rodney Stewart is probably our best back right now but if "so damn hot" equates to 40 yards on 21 carries, then well, we can expect to be the 112th ranked rushing team this year.
The plan last Saturday at Texas, said Colorado running back coach Darian Hagan, was to get more carries for Darrell Scott. It didn’t happen. Why? "Speedy (Rodney Stewart) starts out the game and he gets so damn hot," Hagan said. "And then Texas clogs up the box and Speedy can find those holes. He’s so small that guys are missing him and they overrun him and he can find the back door."
CU’s Smith welcomes spotlight at corner - The Longmont Times-Call
CB Jimmy Smith will have his hands full on Saturday trying to contain Jayhawk receivers Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier.
Phil Steele - 2009 Big 12 Mid Season All Conference Teams
Phil Steele named his mid season All Conference team for the Big 12. WR Scotty McKnight, TE Riar Geer and CB Cha'pelle Brown were named to the second team. Nate Solder and Jeff Smart were put on the third team.
Kansas 31, Colorado 28: The Jayhawks showed a leaky defense last week against Iowa State and could get a sterner test from the Buffaloes than you might expect. The Jayhawks have the conference’s foremost pitch-and-catch trio in Todd Reesing, Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier. And their offense could be even more potent and balanced if and when Jake Sharp returns to the lineup. New Colorado starting quarterback Tyler Hansen will try to pump some life into a struggling lineup that was limited to 127 yards last week by Texas. The Buffaloes should find things a little smoother against the Jayhawks, who have allowed an average of 32 points in their last two games.
CU Buffs sophomore becoming veteran on CU`s D-line - Colorado Daily
Kyle Ringo has a story on DL Curtis Cunningham, who has been a solid performer for the Buffs this year.
CU Men's Basketball Media Day Quotes - CUBuffs.com
Quotes from Colorado head coach Jeff Bzdelik and players from media days. Great details from coach Bzdelik on the newcomers in his quotes. I am very excited for Alec Burks and Marcus Relphorde.
Alec Burks, 6-6 freshman guard, Grandview (Mo.) HS – "Alec grew a couple of inches since we signed him. He’s very long, very athletic. He’s talented. Extremely talented. He can go make a play in a variety of ways. As soon as he understands the physicalness and intensity level at which this game is played at this level, I’ll go out on the limb to say this … he has a chance to be really special."
In fact, when Bzdelik thumbed down his list of Buffaloes newcomers, he led off with the 6-foot-7 Relphorde and called him "the one I expect the most out of." Meantime, Relphorde was seated in the back of the room, soaking in the high expectations. And he was fine with it. "It's not really putting me on the spot," he said, grinning. "A lot of the things he said up there, he's told me (privately). I know he has high expectations for me, and I welcome that. I mean, I feel like setting the bar high is good, because I have high expectations for myself as well."
"Keegan is a smart kid. He definitely did his homework before he committed to Colorado," Terry Kelly, Hornbuckle`s high school coach, told the Los Angeles Times last fall. "In reality, the system is perfect for him. He had plenty of options, but I think he made the right choice. ... "We are talking about a kid who will have the opportunity to play right away, in a very tough conference, no less. He`s not going to shy away from competition at the next level. He can step in and make an impact, there`s no question about it."