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Spring preview capsules: Pac-12 South - ESPN

QB development: Sefo Liufau's development will be interesting if for nothing else than because the jump from Year 1 starter to Year 2 starter is always intriguing with quarterbacks. It's tempting to assume a big statistical jump is coming, but it's not always that simple (see: Hogan, Kevin; Mannion, Sean; Hundley, Brett). Liufau will need to get on the same page with his receivers as they combine to …

Colorado | Pac-12 Football: Checklist for Every Team into Spring Practice 2014 | Bleacher Report

Among the building blocks are a trio of freshmen who made impacts in 2013. Sefo Liufau stepped in at starting quarterback midway through the season, running back Mike Adkins was an All-Conference honorable mention selection and linebacker Addison Gillam was named a Football Writers' Association of America Freshman All-American. The key for MacIntyre is building on the positives. Transforming Colorado back into a contender is going to take time; the Buffs are smaller and younger than many of their Pac-12 counterparts.

Boulder police: CU Buffs' Jeffrey Hall tased, arrested after assault on woman, officer - Buffzone

Hall, 19, was arrested at 12:17 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of a police possession of alcohol by a minor.

Colorado football: Texas wide receiver Akilian Butler picks up CU Buffs offer - Buffzone

Mesquite, Texas, wide receiver Akilian Butler has never been to Colorado or the city of Boulder, but that could change on April 12 when the Buffaloes hold their spring football game. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior from West Mesquite High School received a scholarship offer from Colorado last week. The Buffs joined Clemson as the first two to offer the 2015 recruit, who is rated as a three-star prospect by the Rivals and Scout recruiting networks.

Pac-12 football spring position breakdowns: Tight ends - ESPN

Colorado: Senior Kyle Slavin is atop the depth chart after catching nine passes in 2013. Sean Irwin played minimally as a freshman, but his role is set to increase. Three other tight ends are on the roster, including Connor Center, who did not play football in high school.

Ranking all 124 of college football's 2014 non-conference schedules for 2014 -

10 worst AQ non-conference schedules NC State: Old Dominion, Georgia Southern, USF, Presbyterian Vanderbilt: Temple, UMass, Charleston Southern, Old Dominion Mississippi State: Southern Miss, UAB, at South Alabama, UT-Martin Alabama: West Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Western Carolina Florida: Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, at Florida State Arizona State: Weber State, at New Mexico, Notre Dame Duke: Elon, at Troy, Kansas, Tulane Pittsburgh: Delaware, at Florida International, Iowa, Akron Texas Tech: Central Arkansas, at UTEP, Arkansas Colorado: Colorado State, at UMass, Hawaii

Pac-12 college football spring position breakdowns: Wide receivers - ESPN

Colorado: The Buffaloes won't be able to replace Paul Richardson's production with one guy. His 1,343 receiving yards in 2013 and 21 career TD receptions pretty much made him the Buffs' entire passing offense in 2013. Still, the next three leading receivers from 2013 are back in Nelson Spruce (650 yards), D.D. Goodson (306 yards) and Tyler McCulloch (138 yards). In this story, quarterback Sefo Liufau said he expects true sophomore Devin Ross, who caught six passes a year ago, and redshirt freshman Brice Bobo to step up.

Pac-12 begins spring looking for breakthrough teams and performers - ESPN

The bigger area of turnover was coordinators. Just three teams didn't make any changes on the top of their offensive and defensive units: Arizona, Colorado and Washington State. There will be more stability at quarterback. Ten teams welcome back their 2013 starters, if we can be optimistic enough to include Utah's Travis Wilson, who will practice this spring with no contact but still has not been fully cleared to continue his career due to a pre-existing medical condition.

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Colorado can't afford slow starts on the road - The Denver Post

Obviously, Colorado coaches talked to the team about getting off to a better start. The Buffs trailed 22-5 against Arizona and never caught up. CU didn't make its first field goal until after more than 10 minutes had elapsed on the game clock.

Pac-12 blog: Oregon helps tourney chances with 2OT win over UCLA - Buffzone

While many of you were sleeping last night, Oregon and UCLA waged a don't-turn-away thriller in Los Angeles that saw the Ducks win 87-83 in double overtime after they all but threw away the game, and their NCAA Tournament hopes, at the end of regulation.

Spencer Dinwiddie’s season is over, but he’s still looking at NBA draft | CollegeBasketballTalk

At the moment, Dinwiddie is not listed on DraftExpress latest 2014 NBA mock draft. Though, he is slotted as a first round pick in 2015. In Tad Boyle’s four-year stint at Colorado, he has seen two of his guards — Alec Burks and Andre Roberson — selected in the first round.

Howell blog: Leftovers from my interview with Spencer Dinwiddie - Buffzone

Dinwiddie: "I didn't see - and don't get me wrong, Arizona is very good - but I didn't see a team that was better than us, the way we were playing. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that we were the best team in the conference. I made the 'cream of the crop' comment at media day and we were on pace to back it up."

Colorado men's basketball: Dinwiddie weighing options for future - Buffzone

"It's still my dream to go (to the NBA), and that's no secret," Dinwiddie said this week. "Everybody knew that if I hadn't gotten hurt, I was going to leave."

Buffaloes' Tre'Shaun Fletcher on verge of returning to Colorado game action - The Denver Post

"We'll see how Tre'Shaun practices this week," Boyle said. "He's got to earn it in practice. He has to trust that knee. He's still a little tentative. This is not one of those deals where you stick one foot in the pool and take the temperature. You're jumping in with both feet."