Buff Bites: Jordan Webb Suffers Leg Injury, 2013 Basketball Predictions

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Football: CU Buffs' Jordan Webb injures knee in practice - Buffzone

Colorado's senior quarterback returned to the practice field briefly Tuesday and suffered another injury, the severity of which is unknown. Coach Mike MacIntyre said Webb was undergoing an MRI on his knee after leaving Tuesday's practice when he made a cut while running and fell to the ground. "It was his first day back and he was pushing it," MacIntyre said. "He made a good run and made a cut and nobody touched him. Hopefully he'll be alright."

Shane Dillon now third at QB for Colorado Buffaloes - Notes on last Friday's scrimmage, including Shane Dillon taking a back seat (for now) in the quarterback race.

Pac-12 Football Recruiting: Early 2014 Pac-12 Recruiting Wish Lists - Pacific Takes

Colorado RB Christian McCaffrey 6'0 190 Highlands Ranch, CO (Valor Christian) Ed McCaffrey's son, Christian is about as versatile as a running back as you will see in high school and with him being one of the top running backs out West, it won't be easy for the Buffs to keep him home, but it's possible that Mike McIntyre can sell him on being the face of the new direction of the program. C Trenton Noller 6'3 311 Windsor, CO Noller might be the best center out West and having him in their home state should get the Buffs in the game for the coveted prospect's signature. Early indicators have suggested that Noller might be most interested in playing for Stanford though, so the Buffs might have to hope that the Cardinal don't offer or he doesn't qualify. T Sam Jones 6'5 275 Highlands Ranch, CO (Thunderridge) Jones looks to a big, solid prospect at tackle and the good news for the Buffs is that it looks like he is going to be a coveted prospect, but not the kind that will have offers from everyone around the country, so they might have a real good shot.

Spring football takes over Pac-12 Networks on Saturday - Pac-12 Post - Saturday's schedule for spring football on the Pac-12 Networks.

What to watch for: Colorado's Black and Gold Spring Game - Pac-12 Post - A good write-up on the upcoming CU spring game from the Pac-12 Networks.

Defining recruiting success for 2013's new college football coaches - SBNation.com

Mike Macintyre For Mike MacIntyre, it's all about a return to respectability. Colorado could be the worst recruiting team in the Pac-12 and still show a lot of improvement on the field simply because it hired someone who knows how to run a college football program -- something it failed to do a few years ago in Jon Embree. But a closer look shows that Colorado has not been the worst recruiting team in the Pac-12 over the last few years, though it is second to last. While most of the improvements should come on the field, there is room for some on the recruiting trail. MacIntyre can do a better job than Embree of making sure the recruits fit Colorado's culture and scheme, and if he can consistently bring in classes that rank among the Pac-12's 10 best (perhaps better than Washington State and Oregon State), Colorado fans should be really happy, as this is a huge rebuilding job.

Buy or Sell: Colorado Buffaloes - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

This team will be better than 2012. Call that a guarantee. It will win more games. It will be more competitive in losses. The product will be less "oh no" for fans. But that's mostly based on a "nowhere to go but up" situation.

Colorado, WSU lead with returning starters - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Here are the Pac-12 teams with more than 250 starts coming back. 8. Washington State 359 (149 offense, 166 defense, 44 K/P) 9. Colorado 345 (149 offense, 146 defense, 50 P/K) 11. USC 338 (166 offense, 147 defense, 25 P/K) 13. Oregon State 329 (155 offense, 136 defense, 38 P/K) 24. UCLA 278 (144 offense, 120 defense, 14 P/K) 29. Arizona State (102 offense, 154 defense, 12 P/k) Georgia Tech is No. 1 with 426 starts returning. In terms of 2012 starts exclusively, Colorado is fourth (228), Washington State sixth (217) and Oregon State is seventh (216) in the nation. USC is 10th (205), Arizona State is 15th (199) and UCLA is 18th (195).

CU Buffs attempt to bolster thin linebacking corps with youth - The Denver Post

Webb, an outside linebacker, led the team in tackles last year with 88. Also back is senior Paul Vigo, who had 46 tackles as a backup to Webb. Junior Brady Daigh, who had 40 tackles, could replace Rippy at middle linebacker. Daigh (knee) hasn't practiced all spring but has been cleared to begin his spring ball Tuesday, when the Buffs resume drills. Don't rule out true freshman Jimmie Gilbert, a PrepStar second-team all-state pick who had 25 tackles for losses last year at A&M Consolidated High in College Station, Texas. Junior Lowell Williams, a special-teams guy last year, has led the linebackers in two scrimmages with 13 tackles, two for loss.

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Forecasting the NCAA basketball top 25 in 2013-14

No. 14. Colorado (21-12, lost to Illinois in the NCAA tourney second round): Coach Tad Boyle's group loses a starter in guard Sabatino Chen, but the Buffaloes should return each of this season's five leading scorers. With Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker only sophomores, Colorado certainly has the potential to push Arizona for the Pac-12 championship.

Very Early Top 25 for 2013-14 season - NCAA men's college basketball - ESPN

16. Colorado Buffaloes: The Buffaloes could be the one team to challenge Arizona in the Pac-12. Tad Boyle's squad boasts one of the country's most underrated backcourts in Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie, who led the team in points (15.3) and assists (3.0). Andre Roberson was among the national leaders in rebounding with 11.2 boards per contest. And freshman forwards Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson -- who combined to average 19.1 points -- should both make glaring strides as sophomores. Colorado needs to improve its maturity and consistency when it comes to effort and focus. Too many good wins were followed by head-scratching losses. That's the sign of a young team. The Buffaloes won't be able to use that as an excuse next season.

Top 25 (and one): Way-too-early preseason rankings for 2013-14 - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and RPI Rankings - CBS has Colorado coming in at #12.

Postseason: Lost to Illinois in the round of 64 Notable players definitely gone: Sabatino Chen Others expected to leave: None Notable players expected to return: Spencer Dinwiddie, Askia Booker, Andre Roberson, Josh Scott, Xavier Johnson Notable newcomers: Tre'shaun Fletcher, Dustin Thomas, Jaron Hopkins

Andre Roberson vacillates between staying at CU and entering NBA draft - The Denver Post - Another should he, shouldn't he post on Andre Roberson.

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CU Buffs have a national power in triathlon team - The Denver Post

The University of Colorado boasts 19 NCAA ski championships and five NCAA cross country championships. You'd expect the Buffs to excel at those sports, because skiing and running are so much a part of the Colorado lifestyle, but there is a lesser-known team on campus that dominates its sport — the triathlon team. It should come as no surprise that a college team in a city that has become an international mecca for elite triathletes would be a power on the collegiate level, but triathlon is a club sport that isn't part of CU athletics, so not many people know about it.

Jeremy Bloom, five others to be inducted into Ski & Snowboard Hall - The Denver Post

Freestyle moguls champion Jeremy Bloom will be one of six inductees into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame at a gala Saturday at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. The induction is part of Ski Heritage Week, a venture of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the International Ski History Association. The event includes a film festival running Tuesday through Friday.

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