"We feel like we have a very strong brand and a rich history," Galloway said. "So we may look at doing some tweaks and subtle changes, but we're never going to go way out there in left field and just get away from who we are.
If history has proven anything in CU history, its that the Buffs are best when they are built from the inside out.
Colorado has a long history of producing successful offensive linemen. According to CU SID Dave Plati, CU, dating back to the 1991 NFL draft (the 1987 recruiting Class), has had 28 of 37 players who started at least two years along the Buff offensive line either drafted or picked up by an NFL team as a free agent. Included on that list are three players taken in the last four drafts – Nate Solder (1st round, 2011); Ryan Miller (5th round, 2012); and David Bakhtiari (4th round, 2013). Those three, however, are the only three offensive lineman drafted into the NFL in the past 12 years.
Colorado: Offensive guard Daniel Munyer, with 27 career starts, leads a crew of three returning starters. The good news is the Buffaloes only yielded 20 sacks last year. The bad news is the rushing offense averaged 3.4 yards per carry, which ranked 11th in the conference. The Buffaloes have to get better on the O-line in order to take another step up in the Pac-12 after a rough three seasons.
Colorado: Senior Kyle Slavin caught nine passes in 2013. Sean Irwin saw the field as a freshman and is the top backup candidate. Freshman Connor Center played baseball, not football, in high school, but his 6-7 frame at least makes him intriguing.
Colorado: While the Buffaloes rank low here, receiver isn't their biggest concern. This actually might end up a solid crew. The obvious issue is replacing the production of Paul Richardson, and that's going to happen by committee if it happens. The good news is the next three leading receivers from 2013 are back: Nelson Spruce (650 yards), D.D. Goodson (306 yards) and Tyler McCulloch (138 yards). Devin Ross and Brice Bobo are youngsters who appear ready to step up.
Colorado (WR Nelson Spruce, WR D.D. Goodson, WR Bryce Bobo WR Tyler McCulloch, TE Kyle Slavin, TE Sean Irwin) The Buffs have a giant hole to fill with Paul Richardson off the NFL, but they have a little bit of a better receiving unit than some might think. Spruce is one of the conference's most underappreciated receivers in the conference (650 yards and four touchdowns in 2013) and Goodson is a small, explosive player who can bust out big plays.
8. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: MacIntyre's early returns are solid. Colorado improved in myriad ways last year. He seems like a good fit. But the Buffaloes are just 1-8 in conference games the past two seasons. You'd suspect fans are ready to show some patience, but a coach is never secure until he starts winning conference games.
If Collier can add the weight and strength the Buffs want him to, he could become a star in Boulder. A four-star recruit from Denver East High School, the 6-foot-2 Collier possesses talent that has CU fans and coaches excited for the future.
"I'm really excited," associate head coach Jean Prioleau said about working with Collier. "He's a tough kid and he's going to do a great job for us."
"It's been very frustrating," Billups told the television station. "But as we know, Father Time is undefeated. He's undefeated. But I can't be too frustrated, I got a lot of miles and a lot of use out of my body.
Dinwiddie is going to be able to contribute in many positive ways the minute he works his way back onto the court. The ACL injury is literally the only reason that he wasn’t selected in the first round. Although he may not be able to play for the majority of the coming season, he still has plenty of time to prove his worth. I think this was a quality pick by the Pistons, especially at that juncture of the draft, where the talent tends to start thinning out.
"I know that’s a cliché, but we really targeted him as a player we were very impressed with," Bower said Thursday night, according to Pistons.com's Keith Langlois. "We think it was a good night for the organization."
At what stage is he in his recovery then? Dinwiddie did not speak about it per the request of the team, but Keith Langlois confirmed suspicions that Dinwiddie will not play in summer league. While Langlois said the already-dunking Dinwiddie should be ready by camp, Stan Van Gundy's understandably non-committal.