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Monday Buff Bites - Great Story About Andre Simmons

Colorado_mediumSon's future motivates Buff wide receiver : Boulder Daily Camera
Well, as Andre Simmons still waits for his junior college transcripts to arrive in Boulder, he has received a ton of press but none better than this article by Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera. Ringo talks about Simmons' challenges early in life, raising a four year old kid while pursuing his dream of playing football at the next level.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Max Puts Mission On Hold -
In some good news out of camp, it looks like Max Tuioti-Mariner has decided against taking his mission and looks to return to the team from his ACL injury the week of the Texas game.

After earlier declaring he would leave Colorado to embark on a two-year Mormon mission, partly to allow his damaged knees a respite from football, the young offensive lineman said Monday that plan has been scrapped. Tuioti-Mariner is delaying his mission indefinitely, staying at CU this season and hoping an accelerated rehabilitation regimen will have him ready to play by the Buffaloes' Big 12 Conference opener (Oct. 10 at Texas). "I just want to come back . . . I want to play," he said. "The 10 wins and no excuses (coach Dan Hawkins' off-season challenge to the Buffs), I want to be a part of that. "I want to work my way up so I can try and earn my starting job back, but there's a lot of talented offensive lineman here who are really competitive."

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - Hansen Growing, Ready to Challenge for Starting Spot

"I was so overwhelmed by the amount of offense we had," the sophomore said, "that I was constantly worried, ’What’s this guy gonna do? What’s that guy gonna do?’" Now, 10 months later, Hansen finds himself in the heat of a quarterback battle — and he enters it with a much clearer head. Cody Hawkins and Hansen are splitting reps with the first team so far at camp. Both players are towing the company line, expressing the healthy benefits of competition and praising each other’s abilities. Hawkins has the experience and football intelligence; Hansen (6-1, 205 pounds) has more size and running ability. But Hansen feels he’s gaining ground in the area he lacks most. "I understand the defense so much more," he said. "Now I know what our players are doing, and now I’m looking at the defense and focusing on that to make the right decision. "I feel more comfortable this year, for sure."

Colorado_mediumBig 12 preseason power rankings - Big 12 - ESPN
Tim Griffin of ESPN puts out his first power rankings...not a lot of confidence as the 9th ranked team:

9. Colorado: Whether Dan Hawkins said his team would win 10 games or not isn't the point. The fact is that a deep collection of running backs, an improving offensive line, an underrated defense and the North Division's most favorable schedule could make the Buffaloes a surprise challenger. But there are still many questions -- starting with the quarterbacks on hand and the lack of a proven deep threat.

Colorado_mediumQuestions remain on CU special teams : Boulder Daily Camera
One of the featured items on the to-do list for the Colorado football team in fall camp is finding a replacement for punt and kickoff return man Josh Smith.

Colorado_mediumBuff LB ready to let 'er Rip - Boulder Daily Camera
Dan Hawkins would love to see more first-year Colorado player stories like Doug Rippy’s.

Colorado_mediumThe Quad Countdown: No. 22 Nebraska - The Quad Blog -

Nebraska's return to glory enters year two of the Bo Pelini era, and sees the Cornhuskers as the favorite to win the Big 12 North.