Stretching his opening remarks at Tuesday’s media luncheon to about 25 minutes, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins turned introspective and said he is "up to the task" to get the CU program headed in a winning direction. "I’m going to be here a long time," Hawkins said.
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Dan Hawkins has been defensive for most of this season about the state of his program and the results his team has produced on the field. He switched to offense today. In a 24-minute opening statement and 41-minute press conference at his weekly media luncheon, Hawkins sounded at times like a man trying to save his job, or, at least like a coach who is feeling the pressure to produce better results.
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said Monday on the Big 12 football coaches teleconference that sophomore Tyler Hansen "is still the guy" at quarterback. Meanwhile, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says quarterback Blaine Gabbert "tweaked" his sprained right ankle on Saturday against Texas but will start this week at Colorado. The Tigers will be without starting middle linebacker Luke Lambert, who separated his shoulder against Texas.
On the injury front, quarterback Blaine Gabbert will play, but will continue to be bothered by that sore ankle, but when you hear Pinkel talk about backup quarterbacks in the Big 12, you get the sense that Gabbert will be marched out there as long as he can walk. Obviously, even a Gabbert at 60%, 70%, whatever number you want to put on that, is better than Jimmy Costello at this point.
Also speaking at Tuesday’s press conference, Hansen said the team had a players’ only meeting on Monday, during which team leaders said the Buffs must realize they’re not only close, "We’re there . . . we have to start believing it. We have the talent. But we didn’t believe that at Kansas State. We have to have that mindset." Hansen said the Buffs "really want to beat Missouri" after being embarrassed by the Tigers for the past two seasons (55-10, 58-0).
"He`s the one I expect the most out of and he knows that," said Bzdelik, who also plans to play his four true freshmen. "Marcus is from a great basketball area just outside the city of Chicago, so he grew up understanding passion and competitiveness and the game." Bzdelik, who also grew up in the Chicago area, believes Relphorde`s presence won`t allow teams to focus so much on Higgins, who led CU in scoring, rebounding, steals and minutes during an otherwise disappointing 9-22 campaign last year. "I can definitely take pressure off Cory," Relphorde said. "He does pretty much everything himself, and I can do a little bit of everything. Now we`ll both be doing a little bit of everything together. But it`s not just me, all of our guys have gotten better and all of us can take pressure off Cory."
Coach Dan Hawkins sat down with the media Tuesday for the weekly press luncheon and discussed many things about the Buffs squad, the upcoming game with Missouri, the state of the program and much more.
"Nothing’s going to change around here — we’re going to keep doing the same things, because the program works," senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said, echoing Pinkel. "Guys have just got to get it together, and that’s pretty much it. Against Texas, we just didn’t go out there and execute the game plan."
He said there were a few plays where defensive players had a lack of communication Saturday and attributed the problem to a lack of emotional stability, an inability to stay focused and make sure of the play the team is running.