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Buff Bites: Addison Gillam poised for big sophomore season

Gillam may have been left off of the watch lists but he is poised to make a big impact in year two. SLAM digs into Dom Collier.

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Snub: Addison Gillam, LB, Colorado | Biggest Snubs and Surprises from College Football's Preseason Awards Watch Lists | Bleacher Report

Why he should be on there: If not for some guy from UCLA who decided to show off and play both ways last year (Myles Jack), Addison Gillam very likely would have been the Pac-12's Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. Even without that accolade, it was evident how important he was to Colorado's defense.

ASU’s Jaelen Strong among picks to be Pac-12 stat leaders -

Buzz: Gillam was one of the better stories out of the Pac-12 last season as a true freshman, and was one reason why the Buffs made such a quality leap forward in terms of on-field play under coach Mike MacIntyre. Considering he led the conference in tackles per game despite playing college football for the first time, chances are high he can lead the Pac-12 in tackles as a sophomore.

2014 Pac-12 positional rankings - linebackers: Hayes Pullard best linebacker in Pac-12 - Pacific Takes

9. Addison Gillam So. Colorado Gillam was overshadowed by Jack, but would have been the top defensive freshmen in the conference in 2013 most years. He ended up being the Buffaloes best defenders as a true freshman and put together some epic tackling games throughout the season.

Mailbag: Alabama scheduling - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

If I were to guess two Pac-12 games when the Colorado Buffaloes could pull a surprising upset, I'd go with a pair of home dates in the first half of the season: Sept. 13 versus the Arizona State Sun Devils and Oct. 4 versus the Oregon State Beavers.

CU's Mike MacIntyre excited of addition of safety Travis Talianko

"I sure hope (he can contribute)," MacIntyre said of Talianko. "He’s a bigger kid. So with all the of the spread teams we’ll face, he might be able to play a mixture of a linebacker and safety, a hybrid type of thing."

Rick George's first year with CU Buffs a fundraising, goal-setting blur - Buffzone

"It's really been a blur honestly," George said. "It's gone so fast. I think we've accomplished a lot. We got the strategic plan done, which was important. We got the facilities kicked off. We've been focused so much on the fundraising because we know how important that is to build these facilities."

College football look ahead: Nos. 76-80 (Dave Doeren's rebuild continues at N.C. State) |

The first step in turning a bad program without massive built-in advantages (yes, even one with a national title to its name within the last 25 years) is to hire a good coach. The Buffaloes did that after the 2012 season, bringing in Mike MacIntyre from San Jose State.

Pac-12 backup QBs: South Division - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Colorado: When you asked coach Mike MacIntyre to list things that pleased him this past spring, he was quick to note how Jordan Gehrke played, establishing himself as Sefo Liufau's backup. That's good because, due to attrition, backup QB was a big concern entering spring practices. No QB on the roster besides Liufau, a true sophomore, has taken a snap in an FBS game.

CU-Boulder late-night stadium construction disturbing neighbors - Buffzone - Only in Boulder...

The constant "beep beep beep" of construction trucks backing up and the sporadic "thunk thunk" made by excavators working at the University of Colorado have been keeping Margaret Ruskiewicz up at night lately.

Finding the Fits: Speedy Seahawks even faster with Paul Richardson -

Richardson is perfectly suited to star in this role. He was clocked at 4.33 seconds (hand-held) in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and this speed translates onto the field, where despite a limited supporting cast he scored 21 touchdowns in 25 career starts at Colorado (averaging an eye-popping 40 yards per score).

4 Former College Football Head Coaches That Should ‘Pull a Bill - Lost Lettermen

It stood to reason that McCartney had plenty left in the tank when he retired from coaching at age 54 following the 1994 season. He had just led Colorado to an 11-1 season and a Fiesta Bowl win, not to mention a split national title four years earlier and a 58-11-4 combined record in his previous six seasons with offenses led by the likes of Darian Hagan and Kordell Stewart.

Special teams review: Punter - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Darragh O'Neill, Colorado: O'Neill averaged 40.5 yards per punt last year and pinned 22 of 56 boots inside the 20.

The Wiz of Odds: Colorado State - Colorado State football is "on the rise"... I actually like the poster though.

Nonconference primer: Colorado Buffaloes - ESPN

It’s not unreasonable, Colorado fans, to feel like your team should be 3-0 in nonconference play. These are three winnable games. Colorado State is going to be a good early season test. Throw in the rivalry factor and you have an emotional game to kick off the season. That’s why we tapped it for our Week 1 Ultimate Road Trip.

Colorado Coach Mike MacIntyre | Questions We'd Love to Ask Every Coach at Pac-12 Media Days | Bleacher Report

It may be the most obvious question of the bunch, but Colorado is in dire need of more fireworks on offense and the biggest fuse from 2013 is now in the NFL. Without wide receiver Paul Richardson, who will step up and force defenses to adjust their game plan?

Hawaii Football: Early Preview of the Colorado Buffaloes - Mountain West Connection

Hawaii's offense can have success if Joey Ioesefa remains healthy in 2014, especially against the CU defense that gave up 200-plus rushing yards a game last season. This one will be a shootout, but I think the home team hangs on to win this one. Colorado 44, Hawaii 38

CU: The "Ireland" of the Pac-12? " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

The Pac-12 school Scotland most reminds me of is …. Colorado. The Buffs have had a checkered past of wins and losses. While presently living through its worst stretch in school history, it’s necessary to remind others every now and again of CU’s status as one of the top 25 programs in the history of the sport. And while Buff fans rarely wear kilts, there is no denying the uniqueness that is the Boulder experience.

CU Buffs player Jeffrey Hall goes back to jail on bond violations - Buffzone

While awaiting trial in an assault case, University of Colorado football player Jeffrey Hall found himself back in jail this week after officials say he missed a drug-testing appointment and failed to comply with the call-in procedure stipulated in his bond conditions.

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Legacy Buff - SLAM Online

His game is smoother than the acoustics at Red Rocks, his ability to lead a team proven at the highest levels of prep competition. Many are calling him the perfect addition to a Colorado basketball team that is preparing to make a serious run in the season to come.

Colorado men's basketball: Buffs' Fletcher healthy, looking to future - Buffzone

"It wasn't hard at all," he said of the decision to stay, "because I knew if I wanted to be the player I want to be, I've got to make sacrifices.

"It's going pretty good. I'm just making sure my knee is ready, and making sure that I'm ready physically."

Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball boosted by Rodney Billups - The Denver Post

"One of the things I remembered when I interviewed him at the time was how much he wanted to be a Buff and how he wanted to be at the University of Colorado as a player," said CU head coach Tad Boyle.

Rule changes college coaches want to see - College Basketball - ESPN

Tad Boyle (Colorado Buffaloes): "Ten seconds in the backcourt with the ball should be continued after a timeout instead of being reset."