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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Wiz of Odds: Colorado State - Colorado State football is "on the rise"... I actually like the poster though.
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.
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'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
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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.
Tad Boyle (Colorado Buffaloes): "Ten seconds in the backcourt with the ball should be continued after a timeout instead of being reset."