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Sunday Buff Bites - Tyler Hansen Expects To Be 100% For Fall

Colorado_mediumCU QB Hansen plans to be ready by camp : Boulder Daily Camera
Kyle Ringo talked to Buffs QB Tyler Hansen about his status for the upcoming fall camp after thumb surgery. Good news is he expects to be ready and he has been able to participate in the offseason passing drills:

"My thumb is doing real good," Hansen said Friday following an afternoon throwing session with tight end Ryan Deehan. "I'd say it's about 80percent. I'm still rehabbing it and icing and stuff, but it's doing good." "It still hurts me every once in awhile, but I can still grip a ball and do everything I used to do," he said. "So it's no big deal. I should be 100 percent. I have no worries at all about fall camp."

Colorado_mediumWill USC Offer Josh Smith a Scholarship? - Inside USC with Scott Wolf

Q: TrojanChamp said: Scott, Is USC interested in Colorado transfer Josh Smith who is reportedly allowed to only transfer to USC or UCLA due to his desire of a music major which USC only has? Thank you.

A: He is interested in USC's music major. USC's shown some interest but right now there's been no overwhelming interest to say that Smith will definitely be playing for the Trojans. He is released to go to USC and UCLA, but it's not clear yet that USC wants him as much as he wanted a release to play for the Trojans. But as often happens with transfer situations, things can change.

Colorado_mediumBig 12 WR Profiles -
AthlonSports ranks the Big 12 receivers. As expected, not much love for the Buffs in this list. Scotty McKnight is the first wideout to appear at #23. Markques Simas (#47), Andre Simmons (#49) and Jason Espinoza (#50) also graced the list.

Colorado_mediumThe Quad Countdown: No. 53 Missouri - The Quad Blog -
Well, the New York Times thinks the Colorado Buffaloes will be better than the Missouri Tigers this year. Mizzou checked in at #53 in their countdown, which is always a good read for a look at last season as well as what to expect in 2009. Here is a quick piece of their report:

Season breakdown & prediction: Even the most optimistic Missouri fan would be hard-pressed to make a case that this year team is good enough to post the program’s third consecutive double-digit win season. But how good can Missouri be? If we learned one thing from the post-Brad Smith era, when many of the same concerns were raised as prior to this season, is that you cannot discount the Tigers merely because of its personnel losses. For example, if Gabbert lives up to his five-star billing and Jones is the receiving threat he seems poised to become, the Missouri offense will be only marginally worse than a season ago. On the defensive side of the ball, much will depend on the play of the secondary. If that group can hold its own against the explosive passing attacks in the Big 12, Missouri could be the North champs. Doable? Yes. Do I think those stars will align for Missouri in 2009? No, I don’t. Too many question marks, too many holes to fill. There is no doubt that when considering the youth of this team, especially on offense, Missouri could be back atop the North division in 2010. For this year, I predict the Tigers to hover around the .500 mark: 6-6, 3-5 in the Big 12. However, no other team in the North has as much upside.

Colorado_mediumSouth wins high-scoring battle - Sports -
2009 QB commit Clark Evans took part in the 50th Brea Lions Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College this Friday. His North team got beat 38 - 21 after falling behind 31 - 0 before halftime. We are excited to see Clark get to campus now!

Colorado_mediumTulsa World: Close look shows how OSU will be 11-0
Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World thinks the Oklahoma St. Cowboys are going to be 11 - 0 heading into the game against Oklahoma. Oklahoma State most difficult games look to be both Texas and Georgia at home. He thinks the Buffs have little chance against the Zac Robinson led team:

Nov. 19, Colorado: Zac Robinson zapped his home state school last November in Boulder, and OSU's senior quarterback will bash the Buffs again.

Colorado_mediumTexas Tech DE McKinner Dixon, K-State WR Deon Murphy to enter supplemental draft - ESPN
"Several sources have confirmed that Texas Tech defensive end McKinner Dixon and Kansas State wide receiver Deon Murphy will be among the pool of eligible players when the draft is conducted on Thursday."

Colorado_mediumCollege Football Countdown: Nos. 106-110 - D1SCOURSE - Washington Times
The Washington Times jumps into the fun of preseason rankings. The Buffs' third opponent is examined:

No. 109: TOLEDO Things grew dire in northwestern Ohio last fall --- enough so that a man nicknamed Toledo Tom stepped aside after a third straight losing season. So Tom Amstutz is gone, replaced by former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman, who has the benefit of plenty of familiarity with Ohio thanks to stints at Ohio State and Bowling Green but is also responsible for coordinating extremely so-so units with the Pokes. He does take over a team on an interesting streak. The Rockets have defeated a BCS conference team in three straight seasons: 2006: @Toledo 37, Kansas 31 (2OT) 2007: @Toledo 36, Iowa State 35 2008: Toledo 13, @Michigan 10 Perhaps Purdue (Sept. 5), Colorado (Sept. 11) and Ohio State (Sept. 19) should be a bit wary.