Colorado Buffaloes Football Season Preview History
2011 Colorado Football Preview:
It’s been a busy off-season for the Colorado Buffaloes. Besides switching conferences, going from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, the Buffs are hoping to leave the Dan Hawkins-coaching era behind with the hiring of Jon Embree. Embree, a Colorado alumnus who had been honing his craft with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins, was brought in to resuscitate a dormant program.
For Embree, that meant putting his stamp on it. It started with bringing in fellow Buff alumni Eric Bieniemy to be the offensive coordinator, a tough task that started with rehauling the offensive around QB Tyler Hansen. Hansen’s playing time was limited thanks to Hawkins handing over the job to his son, who had less-than-spectacular accuracy. Starting tailback, senior Rodney Stewart, might be the only sure bet on that side of the ball, coming off a 1,318 yards and 10 touchdown season where he also caught 29 passes for 290 yards.
Defensively, it looks like senior linebacker Josh Hartigan’s team. Although he spent some of the spring training season with an ankle injury, he is actually one of the healthier defensive Buffs. The major issue of the defense will be the backs situation, which returns four starters from last season. Unfortunately, those four ranked 110th in the nation for the unit. It might be a while before Embree creates a team of his players, but if Colorado fans have any worries, at least they know he’s trying to model this team of his after a championship-caliber memory of the Buff’s best days.
2010 Colorado Football Preview:
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins has had a rough four years and has led the Buffaloes to a dismal 16-33 during that time, with only one bowl appearance. In his fifth year, Hawkins and a veteran group of returning players look to right the ship.
The quarterback position is up for grabs heading into the season. Junior Tyler Hansen and senior Cody Hawkins will be battling for the starting job after splitting time last year. However, unless the offensive line can improve from last year, it may not matter who's under center.
The Buffaloes allowed 44 sacks in 2009 and averaged only 2.8 yards per carry. Colorado does boast a solid receiving corps, lead by senior Scotty McKnight.
There are question marks on defense as well. While three starters in the secondary return, lead by corner back Jimmy Smith, there is lack of experience at linebacker. Defensive coordinator Ron Collins' squad will have to be better than last year's, as they ended up second-to-last in the Big 12 in scoring defense.
Unless Hawkins can show significant improvement on last year's 3-9 disaster, his job will certainly be in jeopardy. Although he has talented players in some areas, it may be difficult for this team to break through in a difficult conference.
2009 Colorado Football Preview:
Head Coach: Dan Hawkins
The Colorado Buffaloes head into 2009 with hopes to improve upon a 5-7 record from 2008. CU Head Coach Dan Hawkins will once again hand the keys to the offense to his son, Cody. If father & son Hawkins can get the offense clicking and better production out of the defense, then the Buffs could make some waves in the Big 12 North.
2008 Colorado Football Preview:
Head Coach: Dan Hawkins
The Colorado Buffaloes football program always fields a tough team every year and this next season will be no different. The Buffaloes play in the Big 12 North Division, competing with the historically tough teams from Nebraska and Kansas State, and also from the upstart contenders at Kansas and Missouri. This puts Colorado in one of the toughest conference divisions in the nation, and they always make an impact. In 2007, the Buffaloes managed to dash any national title hopes for Oklahoma by stunning the #3 ranked Sooners 27-24. Look for the Buffaloes to build on that confidence-inspiring win and vie for top honors in the Big 12 North this year.