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Thursday Buff Bites - It's D-Line Day

Apparently it's D-Line Day at the Camera, the Athletic Department, and here at the Ralphie Report.

It's like when you accidentally wear the exact same shirt as three other people.  The plus side?  All of those shirts say Colorado Buffaloes.  23 Days Left.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Sacks That Got Away In '09 Haunt Herrod - CUBuffs.com - If all the quarterbacks of the Big 12 give a sigh of relief when they don't have to play us next year, it will be because of Marquez Herrod

Defensive end Marquez Herrod did the math and still disputes the numbers. OK, so he officially was credited with a team-best six quarterback sacks last season. The two or three that got away - or more precisely, were taken away by penalties - fouled his mood for about nine months.

Colorado_mediumPositional Outlooks: DT - The Ralphie Report - David Gerhardt got in on the action with the first of his positional outlooks.

In 2010:  Cunningham and Pericak will be the starters again. Bonsu had knee surgery after the spring and missed the off-season work, but is back at full-strength now in the fall. He looks even faster than he was last year, and all the guys look like they've improved their strength and power...

Colorado_medium CU Buffs' Obi ready to realize potential - Buffzone

Obi never was hard to spot but he can`t be missed these days in the middle of the Buffs` defense. He weighs 300 pounds, stands 6-foot-3 and is getting plenty of practice repetitions with the first team defense.

Colorado_medium Around the Horn - B.G. Brooks - Look, we've even got a video profiling the D-Line. 

D-Line Day continues.  We've got a new Basketball opponent, and Opponent Watch on Texas Tech after the Jump.

Colorado_mediumCU football notes: Wheelbarrows are back - Buffzone

In previous training camps under Hawkins, players nursing minor injuries have been made to fill wheelbarrows with sand and haul them from one end of the field to the other during practices in which they were not participating. The first wheelbarrow sightings came this week, but with a twist. Players are hauling each other around. Defenders Forrest West, B.J. Beatty, Terdema Ussery and Tony Poremba sat out Wednesday`s practice.

Colorado_mediumCU to add Air Force to men's basketball schedule - Buffzone

Jeff Bzdelik is gone and Air Force is returning to the schedule. Falcons head coach Jeff Reynolds told the Colorado Springs Gazette that Air Force and Colorado have agreed to play a four-year home and home series beginning in the 2011-12 season.

Colorado_mediumSlummin' it: Revisiting the biggest back-to-school coaching busts - Dr. Saturday - Another article about coach-hiring-gaffes that mentions a CU coach? Snooze.  Twist: It take place in 1979.  Ja-Whaaa?

1. Chuck Fairbanks (Colorado). Fairbanks was never well liked, but that didn't matter. He won wherever he went, including a great (if scandalous) run at Oklahoma from 1967-72 and even a pair of playoff appearances as head coach of the lowly Patriots in the mid-seventies. It didn't help his reputation that Fairbanks pulled a Benedict Arnold by taking the Colorado job and a boatload of cash the day before the 1978 regular season finale, leading to a flurry of lawsuits in which Fairbanks admitted to recruiting for his new job while still employed by New England. What did the Buffaloes get for all that? A 7-26 record over three seasons, including a 1-10 disaster in 1980 and a farewell tour in 1981 that featured a 59-0 loss at Nebraska and a 49-0 loss in Fairbanks' old stomping grounds in Norman. Said Fairbanks later: "The biggest mistake I ever made in my coaching career was going to Colorado." You think? Fairbanks then spent one season coaching in the USFL but was canned there as well, after which Fairbanks entered the corporate world. That’s what you call karma.

Colorado_mediumOpponent Watch: Texas Tech's Sheffield: Tell ESPN to change my weight - Dallas Morning News - One of Texas Tech's quarterbacks assures us that he doesn't weigh 150 lbs anymore...promise!

Colorado_mediumBuffaloes 'fired up': Colorado boasts 'great group of guys' - KUsports.com - In case you were stranded on a desert island for the last two months, here's a quick explanation of why we're so excited about football.

Colorado returns 53 letter-winners and 15 starters from 2009, and, judging by the way Hawkins and company have talked about the upcoming season, that’s more than enough to take the first step toward returning Colorado to the glory days of the Big Eight and early years in the Big 12.
Go Buffs.