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5 - The number of CU players selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. Can you name all five?
"I don't know what other teams have in this conference in terms of interior guys. I do know about the Star Lotulelei kid at Utah, but Will certainly in my eyes can be in that conversation about the best interior guys in this conference." Strong words from his coach, but the 6-4, 285-pound Pericak feels strongly about backing them up. He called his two-year improvement "night and day . . . my play has definitely gotten better. But it's probably going to show up more this season than last season." Pericak's progress literally came from the ground up - where to position his hand, what to do with his feet, how to use his leverage . . . you name it and Pericak needed to learn it, then sharpen it.
Bieniemy said CU has to focus on finding the right fits for the University of Colorado. The Buffs can't deviate from that focus in an effort to sign a player who might be talented, but won't be a good representative of the university. "We have to make sure we're recruiting the right people, and that's the beauty about this whole process," he said. Head coach Jon Embree and the Buffs currently are working on their third recruiting class and they believe they've held to their plan in recruiting to this point.
"I don't think it's a question of whether it should be in Denver," CSU athletic director Jack Graham said. "We're committed to being in Denver. At this point, it's incumbent upon us to improve the game. It starts with us putting better football teams on the field than Colorado State and Colorado have put on the field in recent years. "There is a complete correlation between the quality of attendance at the games and the quality of the competition on the field. I think each of us -- Colorado and Colorado State -- has a responsibility to field a better football team so it's a better game."
Translation: "don't blame CSU for the games not being on campus; it's certainly not because we have a high-school caliber-stadium"
GAME READY. Mike Leach's signals his readiness for the season by stepping to the stage with a lip in and, at the two minute mark, derailing the press conference entirely. "Would it mean more if you were going to BYU to play rugby?"
We have officially reached the point in the preseason where there are no more questions to ask. If you need to sedate yourself for three days, please contact a medical professional for a doctor's note for work, and then save pennies by drinking bottles of NyQuil to bridge the dull, worthless time in between now and Thursday.
In the depths of their offices, some of the best offensive minds in college football are grinding. Chip Kelly is pondering how to get 10 more plays per game out of his offense. Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach are re-re-revolutionizing their attacks. David Shaw is trying to figure out how to get nine offensive linemen, five tight ends and three fullbacks on the field at once. Lane Kiffin has more offensive toys than an FAO Schwarz display.
"Option, option spread, I, heavy-I, pistol, triple-backs, full house, triple tights; it's something new every week," said Oregon linebacker Michael Clay. "It makes every week pretty interesting." The Pac-12 is widely regarded as the conference of offenses. And they are only getting better.
Prior to 1990, only twice has a team led the conference with a scoring average of more than 40 points. Since 1990, it's happened nine times -- including USC's conference best of 49.1 points per game in 2005. That means being a defensive player in the Pac-12 is awfully difficult.
Pac-12 recruiting roundup - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - Here's a look at what's been happening around the conference the past few weeks on the recruiting front.
Other than roaches. Roaches are awful, disgusting things that crawl into your shoes and it's perfectly justifiable to scream if that happens. Not, er, that I've ever done that.
Here are 10 "fearless" predictions in advance of the 2010 season.
1. USC and Oregon will play twice: They meet first on Nov. 3 in the Coliseum. And then they will meet in the Pac-12 title game on Nov. 30. I'd rate the odds at close to 92.4 percent that USC wins the South Division and Oregon wins the North Division. It's strange to feel that certain but I do. I also rate the odds close to zero that we'll see a third game between the two for the national title.
Football: Terrel Smith quietly vying for secondary spot with CU Buffs - Buffzone - You'll notice that Smith is listed as the starting Strong Safety in front of the suspended Mosley
Colorado's young cornerbacks have garnered a lot of attention and senior safety Ray Polk is being looked upon as a leader. Meanwhile, junior Terrel Smith has quietly gone about his work and could wind up being a huge factor in the Buffs' secondary this season, as well.
"He just continues to do nothing but impress and make progress," CU defensive coordinator Greg Brown said. "He's a good player for us and hopefully we'll look for a big year for him on the field." Smith, who is from Paterson, N.J., came to CU with little fanfare. Buffs coaches found him while recruiting running back Tony Jones. They liked him enough to offer a scholarship, which most schools didn't do, so Smith accepted. As a freshman in 2010, Smith wound up starting the final six games and finished among the team leaders in tackles. He started six games in 2011, as well.
"I've been running with the (starters) and I'm feeling good about this year," he said. "I'm so happy this camp and I feel better than ever in any camp I've been in the last two years. When the season kicks off, I'll be out there grinding out every play and making more plays than I did last year." Always known as a big hitter, Smith is making an impression in other ways during fall camp. "He's become much more of a complete player," Brown said.
"He's always been a good tackler, but his intelligence is what impresses you now about the guy. He's worked hard and it shows." Smith said he has learned a lot the past two years from Anthony Perkins, who graduated and is currently with the Denver Broncos. "I learned a lot from him because he was so smart," Smith said. "In the offseason, I got in the playbook, I got in the film room and I know what I'm doing and I'm moving guys around like he was doing here."
Though Webb said his teammates have had his back since he arrived on campus and that he hasn't needed to rally people to his cause. "I never really felt like that was the case," Webb said. "I am who I am. I come out every day with the same mentality to get better and be as perfect as I can. I think those guys see that work ethic and that I want to be the guy to lead this team. I think they really rallied around me when the announcement was made and that was really reassuring to me."
Since arriving at Colorado, Webb has buried himself in the playbook. But there is going to be more to his transition that simply learning the Xs and Os. Webb has been a spread quarterback his entire career and has worked exclusively from the shotgun. Now, as a quarterback in the West Coast offense, he's working under center for the first time.
"It's a lot different, honestly," said Webb. "Some things transfer over, protections or route schemes. But being under center is totally new to me. I've never done that before. "But I really like it. This West Coast offense is fun to be a part of. It gives quarterbacks a lot of options and responsibilities. But with that, you can protect yourself. You can make things right. As a quarterback, you really want it to be in your hands."
The University of Colorado volleyball team defeated Sam Houston State in an exciting come-from-behind 3-2 victory (19-25, 13-25, 25-21, 25-12, 15-12) to win the SHSU Invitational on Saturday night. Freshman Alexis Austin earned MVP honors, hammering a career-best 16 kills in the win against SHSU. She was joined on the all-tournament squad by teammates sophomore Emily Alexis and freshman Nicole Edelman.
"Alexis Austin had a successful return to her home state in her collegiate debut, and the best thing is that she takes great pride not only in her own performance and development as a player, but most importantly in being a part of a great team," coach Liz Kritza said.
The Buffs are now 3-0 to start the season, the first time since 2008.. "Despite our tumultuous start, this team showed great fortitude tonight and showed up when it mattered the most, when our backs were against the wall," Kritza said. "Being able to get so many players some playing experience during this tournament was an important part of the overall development of this team for the season."
The University of Colorado women's soccer team knows no defeat in its young 2012 season. The Buffs defeated Wright State 2-1 on Sunday in the final game of the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic.
Once again, Anne Stuller led the Buffs offensively, scoring both of CU's goals in the win. She already has six goals this season, ranking her sixth on CU's list of most goals by a junior. She passed Gianna DeSaverio (2007) and Elizabeth Swan (1996), who both had five. Stuller joins Nikki Marshall (2006) and Katie Griffin (2005) to become only the third player in CU history to have three multiple goal games in a single season.
The Buffs improve to 3-0-1. With the 14th win of her career, CU goalkeeper Annie Brunner ties Kara Linder (2007) and Sloane Cox (1998) for the 10th spot on the Buffs' list of most shutouts in a season and ties Danielle Bassett for fourth for most career wins.