Adkins was recognized more for his academic prowess in high school as a 4.0 student than he was for what he did on the field -- and what he did on the football field was impressive. Adkins was the San Diego Union Tribune's All-Academic team captain for football as a senior and a National Football Foundation scholar athlete.
"He fits in well with the group of humble, low-ego, hard-working guys that want the team to win and they want to help the team win," CU running backs coach Klayton Adams said of Adkins and the rest of the group of backs he coaches.
"It's not a matter of slowing them down," said Virginia coach Mike London, whose team was pummelled, 59-10, by Oregon. "It's a matter of when you have the ball yourself, how are you going to control the clock?"
I feel so much better about 2013 knowing that the schedule is back up to 12 games. While you can never assume anything with this program, just seeing the name 'Charleston Southern' on the schedule opens the door to three, four, even five wins on the year. A bowl game is still a fantasy, but a few more victories would be concrete evidence of improvement and progression, which is all I was asking for at the season's onset.
Thorburn: The list price for the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex was $68 million, but most estimate the actual cost, after the bells and whistles -- 145,000 square feet of meeting space, German-built lockers for a "no smell" ventilated locker room, a work station for NFL scouts, the 25,000-square foot weight room fortified with Brazilian Ipe wood floors, an in-house barber shop and the over-the-top amenities go on and on -- was in excess of $100 million. The Ducks also benefit from the best student-athlete academic center in the world. Matthew Knight Arena is an NBA-like venue. There is gorgeous baseball facility (PK Park) and Hayward Field is the international track mecca. Every program is trailing Oregon in the facilities arms race, but CU is light years away from competing in this world. Oregon's old football facility is nicer and more modern than the Dal Ward Center.
"There are two things you look for: someone who has fresh fire and someone genuinely humble," McCartney said. "You can't beat that combination. If you have fresh fire, you're going to attract the right people. If you're genuinely humble, they're going to stay with you. I see that in him. I see a lot of get up and go. "And he's genuinely humble."
A group of Oregon football fans are helping out flood victims this week. The group is donating 250 backpacks full of school supplies, Nike gear and Oregon Ducks items to students at Lyons Elementary School. The Ducks at the Beach Club, which is a member of the Oregon Booster Association, is from the north coast of Oregon. Project organizer Tim Regan said in a press release that the group wanted to do something to help those whose lives were impacted by severe flooding in northern Colorado last month.
The reality check … There are any number of positives which can come out of the Buffs’ game against the Ducks on Saturday: The offense can show some consistency, and perhaps score in the first half for the first time in three games against the Ducks; the defense can show resilience and resolve, making the Oregon offense work for its points; the special teams can show improvement, period. Oregon is out-scoring its opponents by an average of 59-10. Coincidentally, that was the final score of the Oregon/Virginia game in week two of the season. So there is your goal for the weekend … besting that average.
"I think we should be loose and we should be ready to play," CU coach Mike MacIntyre said Wednesday. "Nobody thinks we’re going to win. We’re the only ones that think we’re going to win. So I think that frees you up to go play as hard as you can play, so hopefully we do."
"(Tailback Phillip) Lindsay has really improved," MacIntyre said of the Denver South grad coming off knee surgery. "His knee has gotten better and better and better. In the last two weeks he’s cutting and moving. He’s given us a great picture on the show team. I’ve been very impressed with him.
"The two young receivers that are red-shirting, Bryce Bobo and Elijah (Dunston), have really kept improving. Now they’re understanding stuff and running better and catching better and not thinking as much. A couple offensive linemen, Sam Kronshage, his body’s changing. He’s really moving his feet and he’s 6-6."
OREGON at COLORADO Gemmell: The Buffs came back to earth while the Ducks continue to be otherworldly. This isn’t the same old Buffs, but it’s the same old Ducks -- if not better. They’ve broken 50 points for four straight games, a school record. And it’s hard not to see them doing it again this week. Oregon 56, Colorado 17.
Miller: As Kevin noted, Colorado is better in all areas -- including mental makeup -- this year. But they're not ready to run with Oregon for four quarters. Not many teams are. Oregon 52, Colorado 13.
"I’ve been around a long time; I’ve seen some SC teams over the years that were fast," Baer said. "But the game has changed. The difference with these guys is that they spread you out so much and are so fast."
For one, Helfrich noted, the Buffs look a lot different on film from the team Oregon effortlessly obliterated 70-14 last year, a game the Ducks led 56-0 at halftime. It's not so much about new schemes. It's about how the Buffs are playing. "Just their culture -- you can see it on film," Helfrich said. "They are just kind of better. I think Coach MacIntyre has done a great job of resetting the standard, probably starting from scratch in his way."
Reaction II: Here’s the updated math: Assuming a victory over Charleston Southern, the Buffs would need three Pac-12 victories to be bowl eligible. Their home schedule is Oregon, Arizona, Cal and USC. They play Oregon State, ASU, UCLA, Washington and Utah on the road. The most reasonable path looks like this: Beat Cal and Arizona at home and then either USC at home or Utah on the road. I give the Buffs a 30-35% chance.
50 for five? Oregon set a school record last week by scoring at least 50 points in four consecutive games. This week it faces a Colorado team that appears to be stronger than last year's but still has some holes on both sides of the ball. Sans De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks had little trouble negotiating Cal -- and mother nature -- en route to a 55-16 win. Is a fifth straight 50-plus-point game in the cards?
The University of Colorado will pay Charleston Southern $400,000 to play a football game Oct. 19 that was recently scheduled after the Buffs' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was postponed because of flooding in and around Boulder.
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This game may get ugly, but at least we don't have guys pulling this crap: