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Embree Press Conference Quotes - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado - As always; there are a bunch more quotes, but since I wasn't there I can't re-write all of them, so here's a trio to start you off...
On The Improvements He Hopes To See
"Defensively, better tackling; I would like to see a few more turnovers. Offensive, we have to run the football, period. So we need to be better running the football. That's what I am looking for from an offensive standpoint and better with our protection. I thought Jordan Webb played well; he had some drops that hurt his stats. With his hip, he couldn't move, I think he was sacked five times, a couple of them if he would have been healthy I know he would have got us some positive yards. But we still need to be better with our protection. So those are things I am looking for from our offense and our defense."
On The No Huddle Affecting The Running Game
"It affected it a little bit; it hurt us with the I.D. Generally you I.D. who the mike linebacker is, who it is you are going to double or triple or single block. And so with that tempo and with some of the things they were doing in their defense, how they were going to play for the first time, we were a lot slower than what I want us to be. So we will be quicker this week and as we keep going with it and get more comfortable doing it, we will be quicker with that pace as far as what we do from a no huddle. There are some things we can do from a coaching standpoint and then honestly there are some things that we need our guys upfront to do to help us get faster. So I expect us to be faster in that regards this week."
After the jump, mostly non-CU or national-coverage links; starting with the best pregame write-up you'll ever see...
...until it's imitated to death, of course.
The Tailgate: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs. Florida - Good Bull Hunting - Quite possibly the best graphical blog for football you'll see until someone imitates them. Worth the stop, if only to peer into the future of sports blogs.
There's a few things I know about life: water is wet, women don't poop, and college football game previews suck. Well not today my friends! I'd like to formally introduce you to a new, one stop shop for all you've ever wanted to know about the American-style football team that the Ags are point-fighting this Saturday. I think we can all agree that the start of the season is way overdue, so it's time to have a nice, long statgasm together.
Tuesday Tape Room is Pac-12 Networks commentator (and former USC assistant coach) Yogi Roth’s chance to break down tape in search of details worth focusing on — similar to what’s happening in team meetings throughout the conference today.
Again, it is not a Big Ten thing: disabuse yourself of that notion immediately, Michigan fan. The last thing we want you feeling is special, because what happened to you on Saturday night in Dallas was not special.
I knew without looking what blog ranked Oklahoma State No. 1: Black Heart Gold Pants, our most resolute resume vote. BHGP puts the 'Pokes ahead of Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Connecticut in its first ballot, relying heavily on margin of victory. Resume balloting is hardest to justify early in the season, when results like UConn's thrashing of UMass get overvalued, but the funniest thing about the BHGP ballot, which still isn't "wack," per se, is that Alabama is No. 24 and LSU is No. 25.
The Numerical, Week 1: Pretty Stadiums And Passing Against Air - SBNation.com - The list goes from -3 to 284, but heer's two of interest:
-1.1. Average length, from the line of scrimmage, of 10 passes from Geno Smith to Tavon Austin in West Virginia's 69-34 win over Marshall.
10.9. Colorado State's sack rate on poor Colorado starting quarterback Jordan Webb. Throw the ball, Jordan. At Kansas last year, Webb was sacked on 9.9 percent of his pass attempts, a sack rate two to three times higher than it should be for an offense to be successful. He was sacked even more frequently against his new in-state rival, going down five times in 46 pass attempts. CSU's Cory James did a good portion on his own with three sacks.
Ouch. Let's fix that, like, now.
• In the loss to Colorado State, junior linebacker Derrick Webb had a career-high 12 tackles (nine solo), with five at or behind the line of scrimmage (three tackles for zero, two tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack) and two third-down stops in 53 plays.
• The Buffs played nine true freshmen (13, including redshirt freshmen) in their opener versus Colorado State. Last season, Colorado played 15 true freshmen, the most at Colorado since the NCAA allowed freshmen to play back in 1972.
Go Freshmen Buffs! G-E-T E-X-P-E-R-I-E-N-C-E!