9. Addison Gillam, Colorado, LB; An unheralded recruit who signed with San Jose State in 2012 and planned on gray-shirting, he ended up in Boulder this winter after Mike MacIntyre changed jobs and took over the Buffs program. The 6-3, 225-pounder, who actually hadn't played organized football till his junior year of high school, has been a revelation for CU. Gillem leads the Pac-12 in tackles by a sizable margin at 11.3 stops per game. "He is really good," said MacIntyre. "He's big, athletic, fast, smart and tough." Not bad for a former "two-star" recruit.
"I am excited that we have another game," MacIntyre said. "I'll tell you, (athletic director Rick George) exhausted himself after the Fresno game (was cancelled on Sept. 13). Me and him spent a lot of Saturday (Sept. 14) and then all day Sunday (Sept. 15) calling people right and left and working every scenario. "I felt like a used-car salesman. I never heard so many 'no's' in my entire life and I know Rick felt the same way."
Ticket Policy - Rescheduled Game - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado - Here's the updated ticket policy for the Charleston Southern game.
"Obviously, adding a game at this point in the season is a unique situation," first-year Charleston Southern coach Jamey Chadwell told The Post and Courier. "It is a big opportunity for us, though. It's a chance for us to showcase Charleston Southern University and our football program against a PAC-12 school for the first time."
It couldn't afford to lose a full game of revenue this year and George deserves credit to making sure that won't happen. After weeks of trying to find a solution and discussions with dozens of schools, George announced Charleston Southern has agreed to come to Boulder Oct. 19. We should give some credit here to Charleston Southern being willing to come to Boulder and take on a Bowl Championship Series team in the middle of the season. Obviously, the Buccaneers will get a sizeable paycheck for doing so but it's still a gutsy move that program should be credited for taking.
The Buffaloes are likely to have their hands full with Mariota, who has emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate by throwing for 1,003 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception. He also tops the nation among all players with 14.0 yards per rushing attempt. Mariota, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 136 yards and two scores in last year's rout, leads an Oregon team that ranks second in scoring at 59.8 points per game and third in total offense with 599.3 yards per game.
"Today we rotated them in an out," coach Mike MacIntyre said. "We’ll disucss it more Thursday. We play them continuously during the week. They rotate and get all the plays. We practice so hard we can’t run them all the time. Just one guy, you’ll wear them out for Saturday. So they get all the looks and are ready to go.
"A thousand things," Helfrich said when asked if there were any lessons he learned roaming with the Buffaloes that are helping him at Oregon. "The people of Colorado and living there was a great experience. I wish we would have won more, and a great deal of it is my fault."
For many of Oregon's opponents in recent years, it hasn't gone well at all. That includes CU, which is 0-2 against the Ducks since joining the Pac-12, losing 45-2 in 2011 and 70-14 a year ago. MacIntyre and junior receiver Paul Richardson are excited about this game, however. "Oregon is extremely good," MacIntyre said. "It's going to be a lot of fun for our kids. You always want to play against the best and they're the best in the West, there's no doubt about it. It'll be a lot of fun for us to play them."
No. 2 Oregon (4-0, 1-0) at Colorado (2-1, 0-1) 6 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Oregon leads the series 9-8, including a 70-14 win last year. The most notable meeting, of course, was the Ducks’ 38-16 win in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2001 season, when Oregon would finish No. 2 behind Miami. The Ducks are second in the nation in scoring offense with 59.8 points per game. They are third in the nation in total offense with 599.3 yards per game. The Ducks lost their first two turnovers of the season last weekend in torrential showers against California. Colorado throws the ball well but can't stop the pass -- it yields 300 yards passing per game. It stops the run well -- 10th in the nation in run defense -- but ranks 103rd in the nation in rushing. That run defense figures to be challenged by the Ducks, who rank No. 1 in the nation with 332.5 yards rushing per game.
"I don’t think that makes a difference," he said at his weekly media luncheon Tuesday. "You better score and you better stop them. You might be better off if they have the ball a long time. If it’s longer drives, there’s more chances for turnovers, there’s more possibilities of making them have to do more third downs. So if you come out of it and they got it 30 minutes you might have played better. "I’m being serious because then they’d have to put drives together and there’d more times they might turn the ball over. They’ll have more third downs. That’s more long-down situations where you can kind of go after them. A lot of times they slow down on third down and longs so they can see what they want to do (rather) than just keep moving. So if they get first down, second down, first down, second down they just got you in such a rhythm that it’s tough."
"Colorado’s a unique place. I still have a lot of friends there," Helfrich said after practice early Monday morning. Reflecting back, Helfrich remembers a game in which Colorado upset the then third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in 2007 as one of his fondest football memories during his time there. "It’s a great place to play, a lot of passion from the student body."
"We had a couple of great wins there," Helfrich recalled after Monday's practice. "There was a game very much like ours, we beat Oklahoma, who were second or third in the country at that time, Sam Bradford and all those guys, and we beat them at home. West Virginia on a Thursday night, we beat them at home. It's a great place, very passionate student body, which is part of the challenge."
Colorado basketball season is officially underway, the black and gold tipped off practice at 7:00 AM this morning. William Whelan has done a great job of breaking down the positions over at Rivals, Tyler Ziskin has also has a couple of nice previews of the CU non-conference and conference slate and I’m eagerly awaiting Rumblin to drop his CU hoops preview as the season approaches. But here’s my statistical preview of the 2013-2014 Colorado Buffaloes.
Scott and the Buffs know he can be better, though, so in the offseason he transformed his body in an effort to improve. The sophomore has added more than 20 pounds of muscle, going from 219 pounds at the end of the 2012-13 season to about 242 now.
"You feel like you are trying to drink from a fire hose," Boyle said. "Today, there are so many things you feel like you can stop at every possession and correct and teach. "So, I think as a coach you have to find that balance between letting them play, and play through mistakes – which is what we are going to have to do, it’s what basketball is all about, you have to play through your mistakes – but yet, stop them and let them understand when they are making mistakes because you don’t want the same mistakes happening over and over again."
The Buffs (21-12 last season), who open the season on Nov. 8 in Dallas against Baylor, could have opened practice last Friday, but Boyle waited until Monday morning. "I love the new rule," Boyle said. "We're certainly not where we would normally be for the first practice this year, relative to last year, because of the two-week move up, but I love being out here on Sept. 30 and being able to go for 21/2 hours. I think it's better for the players, because they're going to get more time off. We're basically going to go three days on, one day off.
"It's such a short intense time frame that it's good for our players, it's good for our coaches, it's good for our team," Boyle said. "I wouldn't say our players enjoy it, but I think they get a lot out of it." One player who did enjoy it was sophomore forward Xavier Johnson. He said the workouts were long and grueling, but will pay off. "I think the biggest benefit is just being mentally tough -- just knowing you're tired, but knowing you can't leave," Johnson said. "You can't go anywhere, so you might as well forget about it and just keep fighting and keep working harder.
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