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"We want to come out and make a statement to fans and try to get a little more support for this program . . . a statement as to how hard we're going to play and the style of play we're going to have all year," Higgins said.
First goal for Bzdelik`s Buffs: Play well at home
CU coach Bzdelik thinks forward Relphorde can be a big asset this year because of his versatility.
This Friday the CU men’s basketball team will open its season at home against the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
If Austin Dufault’s freshman season at Colorado taught him one lesson, it’s that he wasn’t prepared for the physicality of the Big 12. So, Dufault hit the weight room hard.
"Every week I see their offense clicking a little better," Los Gatos (Calif.) High quarterback Nick Hirschman said. "Everybody's kind of meshing. I understand they got off to a slow start. That's football." Hirschman has thrown for 25 touchdowns and 2,000 yards without a single interception. He has watched Hawkins juggle quarterbacks, but after he benched his son, Cody, it made a positive impression on him and fellow quarterback recruit Munchie Legaux of New Orleans. "There's a 100 percent even playing field for everybody," Hirschman said. "Whoever's the most prepared to lead them to a win, he gets a chance to do it." Added Legaux: "If he benches his own son, that says a lot about how true he is to the game."
Iowa State's bread and butter offensively this season has been the rushing game. The Cyclones have gone over 200 yards as a team six times this season. They haven't failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in every game this season. Until last week, that is. Oklahoma State stifled the Cyclone rushing attack to the tune of 54 yards last Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium.
The home team has won the last 5 games in this series.
"He`s one of the guys that will be remembered a long time around here," said CU running backs coach Darian Hagan, who recruited Cha`pelle out of La Puente, Calif. "He`s a guy that is unselfish, played his butt off and never complained about anything. He does everything right and he`s a joy to be around and a joy to talk to. He`s a guy that`s going to be missed."
Colorado dipped into New Orleans Sunday gaining commitments from quarterback Munchie Legaux (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and receiver Keenan Canty (New Orleans/Edna Karr) after official visits over the weekend. Defensive tackle Harold Legania (New Orleans/Edna Karr) also made the official visit to Boulder with his teammates and could be next to commit to the Buffaloes. "I enjoyed the visit," said Legania. "I liked the campus and the school. With Munchie and Keenan committed, it makes a difference. Colorado is at the top and I'm not sure what I'm going to do." Legania previously visited Minnesota Sept. 11 and has trips tentatively set with Virginia and Florida International in December.
Not bad for a guy hardly anyone wanted. Such sentiment applies to Jalil Brown, a junior cornerback in the Colorado secondary who made 15 tackles and broke up three passes in last Saturday’s win over Texas A&M. Greg Brown, the program’s secondary coach, uses words like "classy" and "smart" when he describes Jalil Brown. Greg Brown and head coach Dan Hawkins both say Jalil Brown has a chance to play in the NFL when he leaves CU after the 2010 season.