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To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the University of Colorado's first All-American in football, Byron "Whizzer" White, KOA and CUBuffs.com are conducting a fan competition to select 12 of the best players since White to wear the Buffalo uniform. We have broken down the candidates into six groups, and fans will select two from each to "share the spotlight." Thus two players from the following areas will be voted on to come up with a dozen Buffaloes since 1937 who have excelled at their positions: offensive skill (quarterback, tailback and receiver), offensive line (tackle, guard, center and tight end), defensive line (end, tackle, nose guard), linebacker (inside/outside), defensive back and specialists.
Finally, a vote that Buffs fans can take part of that won't get spammed. Of course, now that I've said that, someone will go and vote for Craig Ochs 771 times.
I've been compiling the annual Freaks List for almost a decade now. It's a top 10 that spotlights the top workout warriors or players who amaze their teammates and coaches with what they can do in the weight room, on the track or in some other "wow" aspect of athleticism. Over the years, the Freaks List has featured guys ranging from Calvin Johnson to Adrian Peterson to Owen Schmitt to a bunch of guys who ended up getting drafted by the Raiders. Anyhow. With a big thank you to coaches, players and sports information directors around the country, here is the 2012 Freaks List. (I considered any players who are already on campus and will be eligible this fall.)
10b. Eric Richter, Colorado, DT: The 6-3, 315-pound Californian only got in action for seven plays last fall for the Buffs, but it's not for a lack of strength. When CU players were tested this offseason on the bench press, Richter banged out 51 reps at 225, 10 more reps than he did a year ago. "He doesn't need a cheerleader, he doesn't need a audience," says CU strength coach Malcolm Blacken, "he just needs a lot of weight on the bar to get motivated. A strength coach's dream -- a real living and breathing Frankenstein!"
Thanks to Phil for this link
Embree has said that he expects incoming freshman Shane Dillon also to be a factor in the quarterback competition. But Dillon, a 6-foot-6, 195-pounder from El Cajon (Calif.) Christian in suburban San Diego, underwent surgery on Feb. 13 to repair a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. "Nick is fine," Embree said on the teleconference.
"And I think Shane will be doing some throwing probably mid-June. He’s ahead of schedule." An experienced quarterback could also join the competition. Confirming widespread reports, Embree called it "a possibility" that former Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb would be added to the CU roster as a graduate transfer. Webb, a two-year starter for the Jayhawks, would be able to play immediately for Colorado as a graduate with remaining eligibility. He would be a fourth-year junior this fall.
"We’ll see what happens with Jordan," Embree said.
Thanks to BuffalanceMan for this link
The inaugural Pac-12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships will officially kick off this Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, with the combined events portion of the meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The Buffs are sending four women and three men to compete this weekend. Brianne Beemer, Katie Dreher, Alyssa Frank and Genny Mayden will compete in the heptathlon, while Jason DeWitt, Adam Salzmann and Eddie Taylor will participate in the decathlon. Mayden ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in the heptathlon with 5,171 points and Beemer is sixth with 5,158. Dreher, who put together a score of 4,983 points, is eighth in the league and Frank is 10th (4,844).
Today is the last day of the GameDay Vote competition, and Washington State is carrying the flag for the Pac-12. Of course, that flag -- often seen on the GameDay set wherever it is -- is only in third place.
The top ten football recruiting classes signed in the Pac-10/12 in the last 10 years include USC 2003, Oregon 2008 and Stanford 2008, Cal 2005. Recruiting experts and fans spend hours upon hours debating which schools pulled in the best recruiting class each year after national signing day, but very rarely do we go back and take a look at how these classes stacked up against each other once the signees have gotten a chance to show what they can do in college. Since the major recruiting services have started tracking the top classes online since 2002, a number of Pac-10/12 schools have pulled in classes worthy of the Top 10, with USC even pulling in the nation's most highly rated class more than once.
Former University of Colorado basketball star Pat Frink, who left an indelible mark on the Buffalo program in the mid-1960s, died Sunday morning (May 6) in a one-vehicle crash near his ranch in Tucson. He was 67. Frink was the first player to lead the Buffaloes in scoring in three different seasons, averaging 15.0 points during the 1964-65 campaign as a sophomore.
After sitting out the next season with a knee injury suffered just weeks before the first game, he came back and led the team as a junior with an 18.3 mark and then again as a senior with 18.9. Only five players have led the Buffs three times since, Cliff Meely, Emmett Lewis and Shaun Vandiver, followed by the only pair to do it four times, Donnie Boyce and most recently Richard Roby. Frink was just the third sophomore at the time to ever lead Colorado in scoring, following Art Bunte (19.1 in 1952-53) and Wilky Gilmore (13.9 in 1959-60).
He earned first-team All-Big 8 honors that year and second-team honors his junior and senior seasons. His junior year, Colorado finished 17-8, including 10-4 in league play including a huge 62-59 upset of No. 7 Kansas in Boulder. KU won the rematch, 66-59, in Lawrence in the next-to-last game of the season to clinch the conference crown, with CU tying for second with Nebraska.
Colorado: DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe 2011 production: Totaled 18 tackles -- all solo -- and had 5.5 sacks. He also forced a team-high three fumbles.
Of the eight defensive linemen named to the first and second team all-conference defense last year, only two of them (Nick Perry and Dion Jordan) had more sacks than Uzo-Diribe, who finished ninth in the conference. He tied for fifth in the conference in forced fumbles.
He's an explosive player at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds and is certainly a defender that opposing offenses can't overlook. The biggest issue for him this spring was being more consistent against the run, and he seems to be making strides. He's poised for another good season -- potentially a breakout season -- and if some of Colorado's younger defenders can step up, he could be in line for some of the postseason honors that evaded him last year.
First-year University of Colorado head soccer coach Danny Sanchez was pleased with his first spring in Boulder. He was able to assemble the staff he wanted, players responded with a solid effort during workouts and the Buffaloes enjoyed success in their spring matches. But Sanchez and his players know the hard work is just beginning, and even bigger challenges loom in the fall.
"One of the pleasant surprises is how much everyone has bought in from day one," Sanchez said "A lot of that has to do when you have a new coach, but that sometimes wears off. They’ve worked hard all spring, became more fit, and we had some success on the field. We know it’s a whole different ball game in the fall, but we had to start somewhere."
Colorado won six of seven spring matches and outscored its opponents 10-2. The Buffaloes won their final five, logging shutouts in four of those outings.