Friday CU Buff Bites - Tad Boyle's New Freshmen Hit The Hardwood

The picture is relevant at the end!

Recapping your Colorado Buffaloes Offseason and College Football Playoffs News, Links, and Stories.

Colorado_medium Freshmen make strong first impression with CU Buffs - Buffzone - Tad Boyle's top 25 class has hit the hardwood and the early reviews are sounding good. Man, I'm so excited for basketball season.

"They're pretty talented. They're more talented than we expected," sophomore guard Askia Booker said. "The altitude isn't kicking them in the butt too much because we haven't run that much just yet. I feel the altitude will catch up with them, but their skill level is pretty high."

Colorado_medium2012 Colorado Buffaloes Football: Statistical Profile - Football Study Hall - Football Study Hall posts the football 2012 trailing statistics, and uh... we sure got a lot of...numbers. Yeah.

Choosing The Choosers: Recommending College Football's Playoff Selection Committee - SBNation.com

College football looks like it's going to need a playoff selection committee. Lots of retired coaches want in, but what other options do we have?

It's starting to sound more and more like college football's playoff field will be decided by a small group of humans, rather than by polls or computers or an ever-evolving BCS-esque transhumanist horror show. With the Big Ten officially on board with the selection committee concept -- and thus the SEC and Big 12 perhaps seeing a way to get "the best four teams" in while still compromising with their northern neighbor -- this does seem to be the road we're headed down. So it's time to start recommending a panel.

Colorado_mediumPac-12 basketball: Updated projections for the 2012-13 conference race | College Hotline

3. Colorado (2): Several roster changes since my initial projections but none that markedly impact Colorado’s status one way or the other.

Colorado_mediumESPN panel says Miller has the Pac-12's second-best hoops gig - Arizona Desert Swarm - Way too low!

Colorado_pac-12USC's Marcus Allen set the standard in '81 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

While baseball holds its numbers more sacred than football does, there are still some gridiron milestones that are iconic. And a 2,000-yard rushing season is one of those milestones.

"College Football Live" has named Allen's 1981 campaign the second-greatest single season in the past 50 years of college football. To go with his 2,342 yards, Allen also scored 22 touchdowns, had an average of 5.6 yards per carry and led the team in receptions with 34. (*Note: Allen also rushed for 85 yards in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Penn State, giving him a total 2,427, though the NCAA did not factor in bowl game stats at the time.)

2,000-Yard Rushers In A Season
Player, Team
Year
G
Carries
Yards
Avg.
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St. 1988 11 344 2,628 7.64
Kevin Smith, UCF 2007 14 450 2,567 5.70
Marcus Allen, Southern California 1981 11 403 2,342 5.81
Troy Davis, Iowa St. 1996 11 402 2,185 5.44
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU 2000 11 369 2,158 5.85
Mike Rozier, Nebraska 1983 12 275 2,148 7.81
Matt Forte, Tulane 2007 12 361 2,127 5.89
Ricky Williams, Texas 1998 11 361 2,124 5.88
Larry Johnson, Penn St. 2002 13 271 2,087 7.70
Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech 1996 11 339 2,084 6.15
Donald Brown, Connecticut 2008 13 367 2,083 5.68
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado 1994 11 298 2,055 6.90
J.J. Arrington, California 2004 12 289 2,018 6.98
Ray Rice, Rutgers 2007 13 380 2,012 5.29
Troy Davis, Iowa St. 1995 11 345 2,010 5.83

"Marcus was a very unique player," Jackson said. "He was a guy who had great skill running the ball, but he also had great blocking skills which carried over from when he was a fullback and he was also a great pass-catcher. I think his multiple abilities is what people should remember."

Colorado_pac-12The Pac-12's 3,000-yard passers - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

TBD, Colorado: Tyler Hansen ( who is now gone) almost got there last season, throwing for 2,883 yards even though his leading receiver in catches was running back Rodney Stewart (who is now gone). Toney Clemons (who is now gone) led in yards, and Paul Richardson (who is out for the season with a knee injury) was second. The odds are slim that Connor Wood or Nick Hirschman will improve off Hansen's numbers with so much turnover.

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12's 1,000-yard rushers - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Tony Jones, Colorado: The Buffs' offensive line might be their strongest offensive asset with standouts like tackle David Bakhtiari and center Gus Handler. That bodes well for Jones, who showed he can be very explosive backing up Rodney Stewart last year. But the Buffs spent a lot of time playing catch-up last season and couldn't commit to the run as much as Jon Embree probably would have liked (401 attempts). If they can't develop a downfield threat, Jones is going to see a lot of eight-in-the-box.

Reading those two blurbs in that order doesn't really leave a good feeling in the stomach, so we'll finish with CU continuing to win Steeplechases:

Colorado_mediumKipp Advances To NCAA Steeplechase Finals - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

University of Colorado junior Shalaya Kipp easily advanced to the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after winning the first semifinal at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jim Duncan Track on Wednesday. Kipp won her semifinal in 9 minutes, 59.18 seconds. She led for the majority of the race, running with a pack of five other runners, until the final 300 meters when she dropped back to fourth. When the lead group went over the final water jump, Kipp was able to regain the lead and hang on for the win.

Go Buff!

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