Recapping the Colorado Buffaloes Pre-season Football with news, links, and the August Blitz!
Yuri Wright arrived at the University of Colorado in late May with baggage in tow. A couple of months before, Jon Embree had characterized Wright as "quiet, almost shy," but given what Wright was dragging behind him, the CU football coach's characterization wasn't roundly believed...But once Wright was around Orms, a junior defensive back, and the rest of his Buffs teammates, guess what? Embree was judged to be a pretty fair judge of character.
Said Orms of Wright, "He came in and was quiet, really didn't say much . . . it was so different from what you hear with the whole Twitter thing, you know? I was expecting something way different." As for Wright, he frankly didn't know what to expect or how he would be received in Boulder...Wright is thankful more than you can imagine for Embree's trust. He contends he's relegated his past to the past.
"Talking to the coaches, talking to everybody here, that definitely made me feel a lot more comfortable," he told me Wednesday after lunch in the Dal Ward Athletic Center. "I feel like they trust me not to do something like that again."
Greg Henderson won't turn 20 until after the season, yet Colorado is already counting on him to be a leader this season. That's how young the Buffaloes are in the secondary. "They told me I'm a veteran and my leadership is going to help us go far and to a bowl game," said Henderson, a true sophomore cornerback. "I've just got to step up and be a leader on this team."
Henderson started 12 of CU's 13 games at left corner last season. He played 823 snaps on defense -- the most on the team in 2011 and the most of any freshman in program history. His experience is already showing up as the Buffs completed Day 3 of fall camp on Wednesday. "I know the plays like the back of my hand," he said.
"I just know what to do and to fly around and play fast." Henderson's vault in confidence has been evident to defensive coordinator Greg Brown. "We've got some new, young freshmen in here who are very talented kids coming out of high school," Brown said, "but, man, it's a brand-new ball game. They're out there and there's a little bit of doubt, you can see, in their minds, whereas Greg Henderson is saying, 'I've been there, done that at this level. I know what I'm doing.'"
There's no college football curse quite like high expectations, as history tells us one of this year's top-five teams is doomed to plunge into the abyss.
The college football preseason is a place of boundless promise. Yet it is impossible to have hierarchy without subordination, meaning your hopes in this zero-sum game of football have to find their fuel in someone else's disappointment. Somewhere in college football, someone's going to have to enter the dark underworld of rankings shortfall hell. As the following survey shows, they will not be the first, and certainly not the last...
THE FIRST CIRCLE: LIMBO...
After the jump, ESPN the magazine is openly mocking ESPN's cash cow... Oddly they didn't do it by simply calling the SEC their cash cow...
College football TV deals have increased by multifold the past decade, and much of that has come via the SEC's relative dominance of the nation. Much of the SEC dominance of the sport has to do with ESPN's supersaturated coverage of the conference and the sport in general, which tends to lean the SEC's way if it comes down to them or anyone else. ESPN and the SEC have become almost incestuous in the way they conduct business with each other, and both have profited from this mutualistic relationship. Doesn't this cover seem a bit strange then?
Will Oliver's high school lacrosse career ended more than a year ago, but he spent much of the past year paying a price for it while starting his new life in college football. Both of Oliver's shoulders had torn labrums from years of abuse and they would occasionally slip out of socket during his freshman season as Colorado's place-kicker. He says it didn't hinder his performance.
He made 11 of his 16 field goal attempts and 29 of 31 extra point tries, but he decided to have both shoulders surgically repaired in the offseason. Oliver had his right shoulder repaired in December. He recovered in time to participate in the first half of spring ball and then opted to have his left shoulder done at that point in order to give himself enough time to heal and be ready for the season.
Oliver was 100 percent at the start of camp as he tries to keep his job in competition with junior Justin Castor. Both kickers were able to work with former Buff Mason Crosby again this summer when Crosby came to town for a charity golf tournament. Oliver said the time he has spent with Crosby this year and last has been invaluable toward his development.
Jon Embree and Colorado seem to still be getting the hang of this whole Pac-12 Media Day thing. There were relaxed answers with occasional bits of information gleaned, but for the most part it felt like the prologue to better acts, stronger acts.
Emphasis added to incite righteous anger and spontaneous marshmallow fights in section 232...
Buffaloes Summer Break catches up with CU assistant head football coach Rip Scherer.
-Favorite vacation destination?
My family has been going to the same beach in North Carolina for 22 years, Emerald Isle. Nothing fancy, nothing elegant, just a great family beach place. It is a chance for me to reconnect with all of my brothers and sisters and their families while being at a beautiful beach.
-What is your favorite moment here at Colorado so far?
I think the Utah win last season, simply just to see the emotion of the seniors in the locker room. To get that monkey off of all of our players’ backs, but especially the seniors. I’ve been coaching for a long time and I have see a lot of great locker rooms, and that was one of the more positive moments in the locker room that I have ever had.