According to tailback Brian Lockridge, the players-only meeting was an effort to keep everyone’s spirits up. "It’s our team," Lockridge said. "Not the coaches’ team. It’s on us to take it upon us to turn the season around." Asked how that can be done, Lockridge said having fun in practice and playing with enthusiasm. "We’re not executing and having fun," Lockridge said. Receiver Scotty McKnight said Tuesday’s practice was one of the season’s best. He said the floor at the meeting was open for anyone to discuss anything. "I think we needed it," McKnight said. Offensive linemen Ryan Miller said the meeting served to remind everyone on the team that "we need to do our own jobs." Quarterback Tyler Hansen said he missed the meeting due to a class conflict, but said he heard it reinforced belief in the notion the team is on the verge of success. "We’re there," Hansen said. "We have to believe and have the attitude that we’re an elite team."
After his most recent win, Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder said of his team's performance: "It stinks." The goal week in and week out is for your team to get better, win or lose, preaches Snyder. Snyder was all over his team for their sloppy play, even after dominating the Buffs and holding them to zero second half points. Snyder is a good coach. Dan Hawkins... not so much. With Hawkins, all we get is excuses and no real answers to our questions. CU continues to make too many mistakes and underperform with the talent level on the field. All of the responsibility for this lies on the head coach and his staff. You could debate for hours or write a 5,000-word essay on all of the dozens of things wrong with the Buffs this year, but one thing has remained constant the last four years: Dan Hawkins is not a good coach.
Athlete of the Week: Nick Hirschman, Los Gatos - San Jose Mercury News
Buff 2010 QB commit Nick Hirschman is honored:
There has been a long line of quality quarterbacks that have come out of Los Gatos under coach Butch Cattolico, including Trent Edwards of the Buffalo Bills and Danny Sullivan, now starting at Arizona State. But none of those strong arms ever threw for 400 yards in a game, like Hirschman did in approximately two and a half quarters of play in a 47-0 win over cross-town rival Saratoga on Friday. Hirschman threw for 413 yards, completing 12 of 17 passes with five touchdowns. "I've been coaching here 34 years, and we've never had someone throw for that many yards; I believe it's a school record," Cattolico said. Hirschman had scoring strikes of 49, 52, 70, 69 and 13 yards. He hooked up with Andrew Berg seven times for a school-record 247 yards with four scores. Hirschman, who has committed to play at Colorado next season, has completed 87 of 119 passes (73 percent) for 1,719 yards with 22 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Wildcats play at Palo Alto on Friday night.
As of Tuesday morning, about 9,000 seats remained for Saturday's game. . . . Kickoff for CU's Nov. 7 home game against Texas A&M was set for 11:30 a.m. . . . Dan Hawkins said sophomore tailback Darrell Scott (arthroscopic knee surgery) probably will not play this weekend but a return for the Texas A&M game is targeted.
Ray Polk is having fun as the new starter at free safety for the Buffs
Right tackle Bryce Givens is expected "back in the fold" for Saturday’s game against Missouri, Dan Hawkins said, but his return this week is not guaranteed. "Hopefully we’re getting him leveled out a bit," Hawkins said. Offensive line coach Denver Johnson said Givens has lost weight and will be worked back into the rotation slowly. Givens has missed three games, including CU’s past two, due to what’s being called "personal reasons." Johnson said Ryan Miller and Matt Bahr will start again at right tackle and right guard, respectively.
So why not try it at Colorado, and make such a formation and philosphy the first option rather than throwing the football all over Folsom Field and leaving the largely immobile Gabbert back there by himself in an empty backfield? Because Gary Pinkel is a stubborn man. He believes in his way of doing things. And he likely views any suggestion that something else might work as unfair criticism. The thing is, Missouri is in a position to experiment. Colorado doesn't run very well, doesn't pass very well, doesn't play defense very well and judging from the ying and yank at quarterback isn't coached very well.
Key Matchup Missouri LBs vs. Colorado RBs. Missouri's depth at linebacker will be measured after starter Luke Lambert dislocated his shoulder. Will Ebner could see more playing time in the middle. The Buffaloes will be without TB Darrell Scott for a second straight game after he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Oct. 22. Missouri will see a steady dose of Rodney Stewart, who leads the team with 467 yards rushing.
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins turned his weekly news conference into a state of the program speech, delivering a 23-minute address on why the Buffaloes are struggling this season.
Colorado …at Kansas State 20 ... Colorado 6 ... And the disaster is back. A week after the seemingly breakthrough win over Kansas, Colorado’s offense went back into the tank as Tyler Hanson didn’t provide any of the spark he showed against the Jayhawks, and now the quarterback flip-flopping has kicked in. Cody Hawkins was a big problem before, and now he might have to be the answer to try to save his dad’s job. At 2-5, all isn’t quite lost yet, especially with home games against Missouri and Texas A&M up next, but with the way the O is playing, it’s going to take something special to get a win the rest of the way.
Starting Saturday at Colorado, Missouri faces a string of five straight must-win games if the Tigers hope merely to dream of winning a third straight Big 12 North title. If their 0-3 start becomes 0-4 against the 2-5 Buffaloes, even the most tenuous of connections to that dream fall away. It isn’t as if Missouri’s coaches came up with an instant cure to a running game problem that was supposed to be a plus when Pinkel praised the depth and talent of his running back corps, and the potential of the offensive line.