Thursday Buff Bites - Multiple Cases of Believe It When I See It

Colorado_mediumCU running back Scott recovering for Texas - Boulder Daily Camera
How many times have we heard this before or something similar to it:

Darrell Scott produced his best week of practice since joining the Colorado football program, running backs coach Darian Hagan said Wednesday.

Whether it actually leads to a committed game plan featuring Darrell Scott is another thing. Darrell Scott says he is just patiently waiting:

"It`s negative if you don`t produce," Scott said of being labeled the best recruit in the nation at his position. "People are going to be like, 'Hey, wasn`t he the No. 1 running back but he`s not doing anything?` So that`s one part of it, but at the same time, you want to show that you were and you have the talent to back up everything that was said about you. So I`m just waiting, patiently waiting. That`s all I`m doing right now."

It looks like Kyle Ringo has heard the same internet RUMOR about Darrell Scott looking elsewhere:

Colorado coaches have received plenty of criticism for not getting Scott more involved in the game even when he has been healthy. Scott`s toughness has been questioned and fans seem to be on 24-hour watch for the possibility he might just decide CU isn`t the place for him after all and transfer. Fellow running back and former California high school star Brian Lockridge is one of Scott`s closest friends on the team. He said he hasn`t seen any hint of negativity come from Scott.

Buff fans used to get excited over this talk of Scott doing something well in practice or hints of him being featured more in the next game...not anymore. We have gotten our hopes up too many times to fall for that anymore. Believe it when we see it, right?

Colorado_mediumCU’s Wright ahead of other new WRs | All Things Colorado Sports
Here is another, "I will believe it when I see it":

CU offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau said sophomore receiver Anthony Wright is further along than junior-college transfer Andre Simmons and freshman Will Jefferson. Wright, who converted from cornerback in August, said he is fully recovered from an ankle injury that slowed him for more than two weeks. "He’s been getting better every week," Kiesau said, "and we just have to find more opportunities to get him on the field. I think we’re going to do that."

Colorado_mediumCU football: Cody Hawkins gets some help heading into game at Texas - The Denver Post
How about three "I will believe it when I see its." One day all these words will actually turn into something we see on the field. When that day happens, it is going to be glorious...how does that saying go "fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice..." You have fooled us more than twice

Speaking Tuesday during his weekly media luncheon, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said the offensive staff "has a bead on some things" that should help junior quarterback Cody Hawkins minimize his mistakes as the team prepares for Saturday's game at No. 2 Texas.

Beads! I have a bead for you...don't throw the ball 46.5 times per game. Easier said then done as a 32 point underdog I guess. I am scared for Saturday, very scared. I will be shocked if the Buffs don't throw the ball 50+ times and that usually means a very, very long day.

Colorado_mediumCU’s QB, team seek cohesion - Hawkins may not improve until the ‘big picture’ does -The Longmont Times-Call
Same old story, different day..."we are just too young and inexperienced to be successful, especially at quarterback." I want the quarterback to be able to compensate for the youth and inexperience one day, not be dependent on what is around him all the time. Our quarterback needs to be able to make others better sometimes too.

more links after the jump...

Colorado_mediumBrooks: QB Efficiency Still Lacking - CUBuffs.com

Numbers never tell the whole story, but the partial tale they relate here isn't pretty: Cody Hawkins ranks last among Big 12 Conference QBs in three categories (pass efficiency, pass completion percentage, yards per completion) and first in the most dubious department - interceptions. His seven touchdown passes are matched by seven interceptions - three fewer than he threw in 12 games last season. Kiesau said Markques Simas, who caught his first career pass (it was for a 30-yard score) at West Virginia, and Anthony Wright, who is recovering from an ankle sprain, "are coming along." But junior college transfer Andre Simmons, a late-August arrival who has only one reception, appears to be coming along more slowly than anticipated. "We would like to have some more out of him, get him some more opportunities," Kiesau said. "It's hard because you don't want to put him out there too much and have him make a bunch of mistakes and get down on himself.

Colorado_mediumLonghorns notebook - The Statesman
Here is some positive news on the Buffs' offense:

UT, Buffs make others see a lot of red If season statistics are any indication, Saturday's Texas-Colorado matchup should be a game of touchdowns. The Longhorns and Buffaloes are tied for the top red zone offenses in the country. Both teams have scored every time they've gotten inside the opponent's 20-yard line this year. Colorado is 12 of 12 so far, with 10 touchdowns. The Longhorns are an impressive 23 of 23 in the red zone. Texas has scored 16 touchdowns — 12 by running plays — and kicked seven field goals. There are six other teams in the country that also are perfect.

Colorado_mediumBig 12 internal affairs: Grayshirting paying off with Florence, Leong - Big 12 - ESPN

The best example of Colorado’s offensive and defensive struggles can be seen in this statistic. The Buffaloes have produced two gains of 40 yards or more on offense. And they’ve allowed 11 gains of 40 yards or more on defense.

Colorado_mediumCU coach Hawkins evaluates play of Buff QB Hawkins - Boulder Daily Camera
I couldn't even get through all the quotes from Dan Hawkins talking about the quarterback play this season.

Colorado_mediumThe Big 12 race: Our picks, thoughts - The Statesman
Five writers from the statesman got together and tried to assess the Big 12 after the first five weeks. The Buffs got a mention for the most disappointing team and the two mentions as a team that will flop in the future...sorry fellas, we have already flopped:

And the biggest disappointment? Bohls: Colorado. Awful scheduling — two games, one of them on the road, five days apart — inconsistent quarterbacking and a dismally slow defense has killed the Buffaloes' chances of a winning season.

Colorado_mediumDallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas

Texas has outscored Colorado 181-41 in the last four meetings. The Buffaloes' last win in the series was the 2001 Big 12 championship game that kept Texas from playing for the national title. ... Shipley is averaging nine catches per game and is on pace to join Kwame Cavil #100 in 1999 as the only Longhorns to catch 100 passes in a season ... Texas leads the nation in scoring at 49.5 points per game.

Colorado_mediumBuffs go big red with linebacker Beatty - The Denver Post

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - CU’s Stevens maximizes opportunity

Buffs center Mike Iltis is questionable for the Texas game so Keenan Stevens might have to fill in again. Iltis is suffering from the same concussion that kept him out of the West Virginia game.

Colorado_mediumScouting Texas' next opponent: Colorado

Note to sports editors: do the staff a favor and make Dan Hawkins a permanent guest on the college pick-it line next season. He looks like an easy mark. Hawkins, the Colorado coach, adopted a "10 wins, no excuses" attitude for the 2009

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