Dinwiddie, the Buffs' standout junior point guard, is out for the season. Fletcher, a true freshman reserve, was originally expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, but it's possible he could be back sooner than that. "We hope so," Boyle said. "A lot of that will depend on the rehab and how it goes. We're hoping four-to-six weeks on him.
"The low range (of recovery) is six months, the high range is eight," Dinwiddie told me two nights before surgery was performed by Dr. Armando Vidal in Lone Tree. "I see no reason why I can’t do it in six. Climbing that mental hurdle is a big thing, but that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not going to baby it. I’m looking at it as a time to build up my body and become a more complete athlete."
5. Colorado (15-4, 4-2) The Buffaloes are going to miss Spencer Dinwiddie big time for the rest of the season. They miss his aggressive nature in driving into the lane to get free throws and his sharp-shooting from the perimeter. They were able to beat USC easily, but who hasn’t been able to do that so far? And with Tre’Shaun Fletcher spending the next six-to-eight weeks on the bench with a knee injury, things aren’t getting easier for Colorado.
5. Colorado: Slotting the Buffs above Utah for three reasons: 1) Confidence in Mike MacIntyre’s ability to generate meaningful progress in Year 2 (I saw him do it at San Jose State) 2) Lack of confidence in Kyle Whittingham’s ability to fix his broken offense and 3) The difference in schedules. Colorado doesn’t play Stanford. Utah not only plays Stanford and Oregon but gets Stanford, ASU and UCLA on the road. Oh, and it was hard to not be impressed with freshman QB Sefo Liufau.
As it stands now, Colorado will have only two quarterbacks in camp for spring practices, 2014. What’s even more amazing is that neither of the two quarterbacks – Sefo Liufau nor Jordan Gehrke – were amongst the six quarterbacks looking to impress Mike MacIntyre and his staff last March.
Attrition is part of the game of college football. There will always be players looking to move on to what they perceive to be greener pastures and/or more playing time. There will always be players looking to / asked to move on when new coaching staffs and new coaching schemes come to town.
But six quarterbacks … in one year?
"This January to Aug. 5 when we start is huge for our program," MacIntyre said. "We have got to get stronger on the field. There were a few teams we just weren't strong enough against. "I know everybody talks about speed, and I think our speed is getting there, but sometimes your speed kind of gets negated on the line or linebackers if you can't get off blocks and be strong and pound them some. That could be a big difference for us this next fall."
Sure, like most of the other schools on this list, the Buffaloes have announced a capital campaign and are in the process of raising money to eradicate facility deficiencies, but meanwhile they are still practicing outdoors.
Status … Fields committed to the former coaching staff at USC, but isn’t fully committed to the new staff under former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian. As a result, Fields is on the road. After visiting Colorado this weekend, Fields plans on visiting Cal next weekend, and then perhaps Texas Christian the final weekend before Signing Day (February 5th).
Pac-12 offenses are going to be loaded in 2014 while the defenses have huge question marks. There is plenty of young talent. Guys like Myles Jack (UCLA), Addison Gillam (Colorado) and Su’a Cravens (USC) have all made names for themselves early in their careers. There are also some very notable returners like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon), Henry Anderson (Stanford), Shaq Thompson (Washington) and Hayes Pullard (USC).