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Monday Buff Bites - QB's Hansen, Evans to Redshirt; Coach Hagan Says Scott Not Hurt, Needs Carries

Drew Litton - InDenverTimes

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of those who showed up for the live game thread on Sunday night. It was by far our most successful live thread with over 1,000 comments. It would have been easy for everyone to bail but we wanted to say thanks and appreciate you stopping by our site every day, every other day or whenever you get a chance. I wish it would have turned out better against Colorado State but we will still be here, we love college football and we love to talk about it...hope you continue to join us!

Colorado_mediumHansen Ticketed For Redshirt; Scott For More Touches -
Coach Darian Hagan talks about the need to get Darrell Scott more involved in the offense, citing the lack of use last night due to being down 14 points or more throughout the game. Personally, I think they went away from the run too early, something Hagan would probably tell you behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, running backs coach Darian Hagan said Scott's lack of playing time against CSU was not because of injury (Scott tweaked a hamstring in camp), but rather because of "just how the game was going . . . he's not hurt at all. "We had to throw the ball and go away from our game plan. But in order for us to be successful, that guy's got to get the ball." Scott, who signed with CU two winters ago and was viewed as the nation's top tailback prospect by most recruiting services, carried once for a yard and ran for 14 yards after making a one-handed catch of a Hawkins screen pass. However, Scott returned five kickoffs for 138 yards, giving him a game-high total (153) in all-purpose yardage. Hagan said it wasn't necessary to have a postgame conversation with Scott, but added, "We just made eye contact and I knew what that meant." What? Said Hagan: "Give me the ball . . . let me help out." Scott "definitely" had a more prominent role in the game plan had the Buffs been able to stick to it, Hagan said. But CSU fashioned a 20-3 halftime lead, forcing CU into a catch-up mode after intermission. "We had a lot of stuff for him . . . it was just the way the game was dictated," Hagan said. "We can't allow ourselves to just be a running team when we're playing against the clock."

Colorado_mediumCU QBs Hansen, Evans plan to redshirt - Boulder Daily Camera
Backup QB Tyler Hansen has wisely asked to use a redshirt this year after Cody Hawkins was named starter for the first game against Colorado State. After wasting a year of eligibility in 2008 on a limited number of series, Hansen has to protect his future as a college football player as well. If Hawkins suffers a major injury, Hansen would probably have to come in but in minor injury situations, you should expect true freshman walk-on quarterback Seth Lobato.

Colorado_mediumWoelk: No excuses for Buffs` performance - Buffzone
Neill Woelk and Mark Kiszla had a few choice words for Dan Hawkins and his football program this morning, first up is Neill:

Maybe now we know why the media and fans were prevented from seeing the last couple of Colorado scrimmages. CU`s coaches were apparently afraid the truth might get out. But they couldn`t keep the secret safe forever. Sooner or later, the Buffs had to play in front of the public, and their effort left CU fans slackjawed Sunday night at a stunned Folsom Field. Simply, Dan Hawkins` Buffs were seemingly uninspired, definitely unprepared and certainly unable to do anything to stop underdog Colorado State on Sunday night.

Colorado_mediumKiszla: Hawk deserves heat for bad stew - The Denver Post

You mean to tell me Dan Hawkins is going to risk his job as CU football coach with his son playing quarterback and ballyhooed recruit Darrell Scott sitting on the bench? That's madness. When time expired on Colorado State's 23-17 victory against the Buffaloes, Hawkins officially went on the clock.

Tick, tick, tick.

Colorado_mediumBig 12 Weekly Report Cards - ESPN
Tim Griffin of ESPN hands out week one grades for all the Big 12 teams and he appropriately gave the Buffs an F. As one of the few media members to mention the Buffs this offseason as a darkhorse of the Big 12 North, Griffin is right to be critical of the Buffs:

Colorado: F. Where do I begin? The Buffaloes were supposed to have a physical, dominating offensive line with heralded running back Darrell Scott as the key to their running game. After one carry against Colorado State, wonder if Scott is regretting he didn’t go to Texas? The Buffs looked slow and unorganized on offense and were repeatedly blistered by big plays on defense. Toss in a dropped TD pass and some late-game charity and the Buffaloes could have been beaten Sunday night by 20 points. And it won’t get any easier considering their short work week heading into the Toledo game.

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Colorado_mediumDrew Litton: CSU Baffles Buffs | INDenverTimes - ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR PICTURE

On my grill for Labor Day. CROW. I was a very outspoken 2 years ago when CSU hired Steve Fairchild. It wasn’t necessarily about him, but more about the way that CSU pushed Sonny Lubick out the door. Regardless, I will be eating crow today. Lots of it. CSU, out-classed, out-played, out-coached, out-executed, out-ran, out-hit and clearly out-recruited the Colorado Buffaloes on Sunday night. Dan Hawkins, not one time, ever looked as if he even knew there was a game being played on Sunday night, and his son, Cody, wasn’t much better. But Cody can’t be blamed for a team that exhibited a complete lack of preparation. CU didn’t play at all like stoic Buffaloes but instead cowered more like deer in headlights. Please feel free to comment away about the game. For, me I apologize to those fans of Ram nation. Clearly I was wrong as to who made the better hire as their head coach. Now, does crow go OK with Tabasco sauce?

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - Patrick Ridgell
Patrick Ridgell has a some quotes from the players after last night's game:

While Hawkins and his son, quarterback Cody, touched on some youth and injuries slowing the offense, they didn’t fling excuses out there like maybe we’d expect. Except for on one item. And here’s what a couple of players said: "I felt like we were focused in the locker room," tight end Riar Geer said. "As soon as we got out on the field, we let our nerves get the best of us. We lost focus in that sense. "As soon as they hit with that long pass, that really hurt us. Everybody’s confidence went down after that." And this, from Jeff Smart, about why CSU was able to run for 127 yards at better than five yards a carry in the first half: "It’s just on us," he said. "We did not put out the way we need to. We did not come out with the intensity we needed to. "They just wanted to line up and play smash-mouth football and that’s what they did." Asked why CU did not come out with intensity, Smart said, "I don’t know; that’s hard to say." Colorado Thunders into the Glass Bowl
The Toledo Rockets site previews the Buffaloes after their game with the Colorado St. Rams and even they take a shot at Colorado's supposed vaunted rushing attack:

This year, the offensive scheme is designed to feature the run. First-year offensive coordinator Eric Kiseau plans to pound defenses early and often with Sumler and Scott running behind a mammoth offensive line. That should allow the Garrett Wolfe-sized Stewart and Lockridge some opportunities to make some big plays later in games. Here’s your combination of thunder and lightning . . . a combination that CSU young linebackers and defensive linemen turned into a drip system.

Colorado_mediumBig 12 'hot and not' from Week 1 - Big 12 - ESPN
Tim Griffin give his "who's hot, who's not" in the Big 12 after week one...the Buffs usually end up on the "not" side of these things anyways so I am not surprised. It's like a weekly repeat continuing from last season:

Not: Colorado’s offense. The Buffaloes had trouble with the play clock all night long and produced only 29 rushing yards on 21 carries. And that’s from a Buffalo offense that was thought to have one of the Big 12 North’s most potent running games. It was the worst rushing performance for the Buffaloes since producing minus-27 yards against Florida State in 2007.