CU reported more than 19,000 season tickets had been renewed as of late Monday afternoon and approximately 500 new season tickets have been purchased. Associate athletic director David Plati said roughly 85 percent of the 22,991 season-ticket holders from the 2012 season have renewed for 2013. "To be at 85 percent is pretty good coming off a 1-11 season," Plati said. "It generally starts to pick up later in the month when the Broncos start training camp and then again when we start practicing in August."
6. Colorado New coach Mike MacIntyre doesn't have an abundance of talent to work with, but he should take a liking to his receiving corps this season. Led by Paul Richardson and Nelson Spruce, the Buffaloes actually have the potential to beat teams through the air this season. The pair might not challenge Marqise Lee for conference supremacy, but coupled with Tyler McCullough, the Buffaloes have three options to pass to on any given play.
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"There are some guys who pass the eye test, if you will, but also going through some of these things they look like they're in shape, they move pretty well," Forman said. "I can't speak entirely on their skill set. I don't have the same eyes the coaches do when they're evaluating talent in recruiting, but there are a couple guys who will see the field and make an impact for us."
11. Colorado (DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe, DT Josh Tupou, DT Nate Bonsu, DE Samson Kafevalu) Like the Cougars, it never seems to matter anymore if the Buffs have experienced players but they do a bit on the line this year. Uzo-Diribe is probably the Buffs best defensive player though and can rush the passer.
Gerald Thomas has a warm and inviting smile that can draw people to him. For a good chunk of the past year, however, Thomas smile also served as a shield to keep people from seeing the cauldron of emotions -- stress, frustration, homesickness, and even some joy -- that were boiling inside of him.
12. Colorado As we've mentioned throughout our power rankings series, Mike MacIntyre will have his hands full this season. The Buffalo defense was horrific last season, and it could take a few years for the program to get back on track. Woodson Greer III and Derrick Webb both started at times last season, but neither was particularly effective. Brady Daigh started one game at linebacker last season, but was the team's special teams MVP. This season, Daigh will bring his hard-nosed attitude to the starting middle linebacker position, and Colorado hopes his spirit will be infectious.
A young offensive line grew up last season perhaps more than any other unit. A number of injuries forced young and inexperienced players into the lineup, who gained valuable experience in the process. With that kind of familiarity amongst the underclassmen, a new found level of stability amongst the upperclassmen, and the expected return of the versatile Munyer in August, a unit that may have once been considered a team weakness has slowly become one of its biggest strengths.
The result, however, is a net gain to Boyle of approximately $700,000 annually, boosting his base salary, supplemental salary for things like radio and television, and non-basketball related incentive salary to $1,490,020 annually.
"Once I saw it, I felt like I needed to be a part of it," Fletcher said. At 6-feet, 5-inches tall, Fletcher is a unique athlete who fits right in line with CU's love for versatile talent. He has great length, can rebound and score and, more than anything, impressed Buffs head coach Tad Boyle with his ability to pass the ball.
Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has signed center Steven Adams and guard/forward Andre Roberson. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Last year, Thomas led Pleasant Grove to a 29-2 record and he was named MVP of Class 3A Region II District 15. He averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five steals per game, while also connecting on 48-percent of his 3-pointers. Thomas is hoping his all-around game will be an asset to the Buffs this year, as they aim for a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.