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2008 Colorado Buffaloes Season
Colorado DE George Hypolite
Colorado DE George Hypolite
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Posted Jan 18, 2009


2008 Colorado Buffaloes Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Colorado Buffaloes

Nov. 28
Nebraska 40 … Colorado 31
In a tight battle that turned into a surprising shootout, Nebraska PK Alex Henery saved the day with a 57-yard bomb of a field goal with 1:43 to play to give the Huskers the lead. The defense put the game away as Ndamukong Suh had the ball come right to him on a sack, and he took it 30 yards for a score. Henery finished with four field goals on the day, while Joe Ganz threw first half touchdown passes from two yards out to Nate Swift and 53 yards away to Mike McNeill. Colorado got up early with a 68-yard touchdown catch from Riar Geer and got scoring runs from 36 and four yards out from Demetrius Sumler, but it failed to score over the final 20 minutes. The Buffs’ biggest highlight was a Jimmy Smith interception for a touchdown on an over-the-shoulder flip fake on a Nebraska field goal attempt .
Player of the game: Nebraska PK Alex Henery hit all four of his field goal attempts connecting from 35, 27, 37 and 57 yards away.
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 14-24, 249 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Demetrius Sumler, 9-65, 2 TD. Receiving: Scotty McKnight, 4-58
Nebraska - Passing: Joe Ganz, 19-26, 229 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Roy Helo, 25-166. Receiving: Roy Helu, 5-49
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Colorado had its chances to pull off the upset against Nebraska and become bowl eligible, but the offense couldn’t come through in the fourth quarter. Despite giving up over 400 yards, the defense did its part holding the Huskers time and again to field goals in the second half. The Buff D didn’t allow a touchdown over the final 32 minutes, but the offense had just one good drive after the opening few minutes. In the off-season, the Buffs have to find a way to be able to generate more long drives and there has to be some pop to the passing game.

- 2008 Colorado Preview
- 2007 Colorado Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
6-6
2008 Record: 5-7

Aug. 31 Colorado St  W 38-17
Sept. 6 Eastern Wash W 31-24
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 18 W Virginia W 17-14 OT
Sept. 27 Florida St (Jax) L 39-21
Oct. 4 Texas L 38-14
Oct. 11 at Kansas L 30-14
Oct. 18 Kansas State W 14-13
Oct. 25 at Missouri L 58-0
Nov. 1 at Texas A&M L 24-17
Nov. 8 Iowa State W 28-34
Nov. 15 Oklahoma State L 30-17
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 at Nebraska L 41-30

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
6-6
2007 Record: 6-7

Sept. 1 Colorado St W 31-28 OT
Sept. 8 at Arizona St L 33-14
Sept. 15 Florida State L 16-6
Sept. 22
Miami Univ. W 42-0
Sept. 29 Oklahoma W 27-24
Oct. 6
at Baylor W 43-23
Oct. 13 at Kansas St L 47-20
Oct. 20
Kansas L 19-14
Oct. 27 at Texas Tech W 31-26
Nov. 3
Missouri L 55-10
Nov. 10 at Iowa State L 31-28
Nov. 23 Nebraska W 65-51
Independence Bowl
Dec. 30 Alabama L 30-24

Nov. 28
Nebraska 40 … Colorado 31
In a tight battle that turned into a surprising shootout, Nebraska PK Alex Henery saved the day with a 57-yard bomb of a field goal with 1:43 to play to give the Huskers the lead. The defense put the game away as Ndamukong Suh had the ball come right to him on a sack, and he took it 30 yards for a score. Henery finished with four field goals on the day, while Joe Ganz threw first half touchdown passes from two yards out to Nate Swift and 53 yards away to Mike McNeill. Colorado got up early with a 68-yard touchdown catch from Riar Geer and got scoring runs from 36 and four yards out from Demetrius Sumler, but it failed to score over the final 20 minutes. The Buffs’ biggest highlight was a Jimmy Smith interception for a touchdown on an over-the-shoulder flip fake on a Nebraska field goal attempt .
Player of the game: Nebraska PK Alex Henery hit all four of his field goal attempts connecting from 35, 27, 37 and 57 yards away.
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 14-24, 249 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Demetrius Sumler, 9-65, 2 TD. Receiving: Scotty McKnight, 4-58
Nebraska - Passing: Joe Ganz, 19-26, 229 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Roy Helu, 25-166. Receiving: Roy Helu, 5-49
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Colorado had its chances to pull off the upset against Nebraska and become bowl eligible, but the offense couldn’t come through in the fourth quarter. Despite giving up over 400 yards, the defense did its part holding the Huskers time and again to field goals in the second half. The Buff D didn’t allow a touchdown over the final 32 minutes, but the offense had just one good drive after the opening few minutes. In the off-season, the Buffs have to find a way to be able to generate more long drives and there has to be some pop to the passing game.

Nov. 15
Oklahoma State 30 … Colorado 17
Oklahoma State got three Dan Bailey field goals and a 12-yard touchdown run from Zac Robinson to stay one step ahead of a pesky Colorado team that wouldn’t go away. The Buffs got a three-yard touchdown run from Demetrius Sumler in the fourth quarter to stay close, and got back in the game in the third quarter on a 28-yard Scotty McKnight touchdown catch, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 13-0 deficit. OSU jumped out to the early lead on a brilliant 29-yard one-handed catch-and-run from Dez Bryant.
Player of the game: Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson completed 15-of-23 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran 15 times for 61 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 19-37, 171 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Demetrius Sumler, 22-86. 1 TD. Receiving: Scott McKnight, 4-51, 1 TD
Oklahoma State - Passing: Zac Robinson. 15-23, 217 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kendall Hunter, 11-102, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Pettigrew, 7-75
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Colorado played one of its better games, considering the competition, but the offense could never get over the hump against Oklahoma State and the defense couldn’t come up with the one big stop needed to change the game. Demetrius Sumler did a nice job taking back the running game, while Cody Hawkins went the whole way at quarterback. The continuity appeared to pay off, but it was still a loss. Now the Buffs have to beat Nebraska to be bowl eligible.


Nov. 8

Colorado 28 … Iowa State 24
Colorado hung on as Iowa State got down to the Buff one with time running out, but D.J. Dykes stopped Alexander Robinson on a final run to seal the win. After filling in for an ineffective Tyler Hansen, Cody Hawkins threw four touchdown passes including two in the final 7:05, including a five-yarder to Cody Crawford with 1:30 to play, to pull the Buffs into the lead for good. Iowa State took a 24-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter on Alexander Robinson’s second touchdown run of the game, and then Hawkins took over. Ryan Walters made 16 tackles for Colorado.
Player of the game: Colorado QB Cody Hawkins completed 20-of-29 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Iowa State - Passing: Austen Arnaud, 16-28, 215 yds
Rushing: Alexander Robinson, 23-101, 2 TD. Receiving: Darius Darks, 8-69
Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 20-29, 226 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Darrell Scott, 19-87. Receiving: Cody Crawford, 8-79, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Colorado saved its season, and possibly the Dan Hawkins era, with a few late touchdown passes from Cody Hawkins and the goal line stand to beat Iowa State. Hawkins wouldn’t have been fired with a loss, but it would be a bad sign and would’ve firmly entrenched Colorado at the bottom of the Big 12 barrel. Cody Hawkins picked a great time to come up with his best game in a long, long time, pulling the Buffs out of the fire late. The big problem continues to be the field goal kicking. CU has only hit one of ten attempts since the West Virginia game, and missed two against the Cyclones. A bowl game is still possible with a win over either Oklahoma State or Nebraska.


Nov. 1
Texas A&M 24 … Colorado 17
Jerrod Johnson threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter and Trent Hunter stopped two Colorado drives with interceptions as A&M survived a sluggish game and a tight battle. Rodney Stewart ran for a two-yard touchdown for the Buffs in the first quarter, but he would later be lost to a broken leg after a horse-collar tackle. Down 10-3, the Aggies and Johnson got hot with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Tannehill and scoring passes from 59 and 10 yards out to Jeff Fuller. Colorado made it close late on a 10-yard Demetrius Sumler run, but couldn’t get any closer.
Player of the game: Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson completed 15-of-31 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Jerrod Johnson, 15-31, 214 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Cyrus Gray, 11-80. Receiving: Jeff Fuller, 6-95, 2 TD
Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 7-11, 109 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Tyler Hansen, 16-86. Receiving: Cody Crawford, 5-27
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... And the hits just keep on coming. Just when it seemed like the dying Colorado season couldn’t get worse, Rodney Stewart is lost with a broken leg. The offense is trying to find something with Tyler Hansen, but the last thing this team needed was to get younger, and that’s exactly what happens when he’s in. There are the young mistakes that come with it, including two interceptions against A&M. To get a bowl game, the Buffs now have to win two of three against Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. The 13th game isn’t as important as a positive step forward, and at the moment, the team is regressing.

Oct. 25
Missouri 58 … Colorado 0
Missouri came out roaring with a touchdown drive in the first 1:09 with Derrick Washington finishing with a three-yard scoring dash. Chase Daniel was on fire missing on only six passes with five touchdowns. Jeremy Maclin scored from three and 30 yards out, while Chase Coffman, Tommy Saunders, and Danario Alexander each caught short scoring passes. The Tigers outgained the Buffs 491 yards to 199, finishing up with a 55-yard De’Vion Moore touchdown dash.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 31-of-37 passes for 302 yards and five touchdowns with an interception and ran five times for 34 yards.
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 9-17, 86 yds
Rushing: Tyler Hansen, 16-30. Receiving: Scotty McKnight, 4-44
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 31-37, 302 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 17-83, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 11-134, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense didn’t work against Missouri. It hasn’t done much of anything all season long, and it really struggled to get anything moving against the Tigers with just 199 yards and nothing from the running game. The two quarterback system wasn’t bad with Tyler Hansen completing 12-of-16 passes, all of them safe, while showing off the running ability. The offense isn’t suited to making big comebacks, which will be a problem with Texas A&M and its new high-powered offense up next. Forget the running game; Cody Hawkins, Hansen, and the passing game have to produce to keep up.

Oct. 18
Colorado 14 … Kansas State 13
Colorado combined the running of freshman quarterback Tyler Hansen with the passing of Cody Hawkins in a rotation to lead the way to the win, While Hansen is supposed to be the runner, he threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Scotty McKnight to go along with a four-yard Rodney Stewart touchdown run in the second quarter for all the points the Buffs would need. Kansas State tried to come back with a 17-yard Josh Freeman touchdown run in the third, but the final drive stalled on a desperation heave. Kansas State converted just 3-of-15 third down chances.
Player of the game: Colorado RB Rodney Stewart ran 29 times for 141 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 20-41, 237 yds
Rushing: Logan Dold, 13-47. Receiving: Brandon Banks, 5-95
Colorado - Passing: Tyler Hansen, 7-14, 71 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rodney Stewart, 29-141, 1 TD. Receiving: Riar Geer, 4-12

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Much will be made of Tyler Hansen burning his redshirt season to try to jump-start the Colorado offense, and while he helped do that in the win over Kansas State, it’s not like the offense suddenly exploded. Helped by Hansen’s mobility, and the running of Rodney Stewart, the Buffs controlled the game on the ground, but there weren’t any points in the second half as the defense had to hold up. The win kept bowl hopes alive, but not come road dates against Missouri and Texas A&M. The offense will have to find far more pop to stay with those two.

Oct. 11
Kansas 30 … Colorado 14
Jake Sharp ran for three touchdowns with an eight yarder and a seven yards in the fourth quarter finally putting the game away for Kansas. Colorado had problems moving the ball, but was in the game throughout after Cody Hawkins ran for a one-yard score late in the third quarter to pull the Buffs within two. Hawkins started off the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Crawford, but the Buffs only managed 233 total yards of offense and Hawkins struggled throughout. Todd Reesing threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Briscoe in the third quarter.
Player of the game: Kansas RB Jake Sharp ran 31 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 13 yards
Stat Leaders: Kansas - Passing: Todd Reesing, 27-34, 256 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jake Sharp, 31-118, 3 TD. Receiving: Kerry Meier, 9-94
Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 8-22, 90 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Rodney Stewart, 18-77. Receiving: Cody Crawford, 4-33, 1 TD
ule starts to kick in with a trip to Oklahoma next week followed up by a showdown against Texas Tech.
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Cody Hawkins isn’t getting the job done. He had a few good moments against Kansas, but he has to be far more accurate than 8-of-22 for 90 yards, His two interceptions weren’t a plus, either. The team needs to be able to rely more on the running game, but the team only averaged 2.3 yards per carry and had to go away from Rodney Stewart. Next up is Kansas State, which is a must-win for bowl hopes with a date at Missouri to follow.

Oct. 4
Texas 38 … Colorado 14
Chris Ogbonnaya took a pass 65 yards for a touchdown and ran for 13-yard score on the way to a 28-0 Texas lead. Colorado ended the run with a seven-yard touchdown catch from Jake Behrens following an interception from Cha’Pelle Brown, but Texas answered immediately with a four-play, 71-yard drive finishing off with Cody Johnson’s second short touchdown run of the game. Colorado didn’t get on the board again until garbage time with a 28-yard catch from Patrick Williams.
Player of the game: Texas RB Chris Ogbonnaya ran nine times for 71 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 116 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 23-30, 262 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Chris Ogbonnaya, 9-71, 1 TD. Receiving: Quan Cosby, 9-71
Colorado
- Passing: Cody Hawkins, 13-33, 118 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Rodney Stewart, 12-27. Receiving: Patrick Williams, 4-50, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Lookahead, schmookahead. Texas took care of business against Colorado from the opening snap with Chris Ogbonnaya making a few big plays in space, while Colt McCoy was Colt McCoy. The biggest plus was that McCoy wasn’t the leading rusher, getting just 11 carries, but it’s not like the running backs became workhorses. The defense remained great at getting into the backfield with three sacks, but the O line gave up four. Even so, considering the Oklahoma game is on everyone’s mind, this was a great game to get through. Colorado might not be great, but it’s still a tough team at home.
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Texas really is good, but Colorado has to be better at home against everyone. The offense remains a problem. Cody Hawkins had a rough time, completing just 13-of-33 passes, but to be fair, he was under pressure all game long. The Buffs got down so quickly that there wasn’t time to get the running game going Rodney Stewart only ran for 27 yards on 12 carries while Darrell Scott only ran twice for four yards.

Sept. 27
Florida State 39 … Colorado 21
Florida State ran all over the Buffs with Antone Smith running for 154 yards and scores from two, 60 and two yards out, but the game wasn’t put away until the fourth quarter. The Noles dominated the first three quarters, but could only manage three Graham Gano field goals after getting up 16-7. Colorado’s offense finally woke up in the fourth quarter with Cody Hawkins throwing two of his three touchdown passes, but a two-yard Riar Geer scoring grab was answered by a 94-yard Michael Ray Garvin kickoff return for a score. The Buffs kept on pushing, but the final Smith touchdown run finally put it away.
Player of the game: Florida State RB Antone Smith ran 25 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns, and he caught a pass for ten yards   
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 17-36, 154 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Rodney Stewart, 21-107. Receiving: Josh Smith, 7-85, 1 TD
Florida State
- Passing: Christian Ponder, 10-22, 119 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Antone Smith, 25-154, 3 TD. Receiving: Caz Piurowski, 3-33

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Where was the defense? After stuffing West Virginia’s running game, the Buffs couldn’t handle a Florida State running game that hasn’t shown up in years. Worse yet, there was nothing offensively to rely on until the fourth quarter. Rodney Stewart ran 107 yards, but Darrell Scott was limited and Josh Smith didn’t come up with a big play until late. The team needs to be far tighter on both sides of the ball to have any shot against Texas. The defensive line has to play like it did against the Mountaineers and not the Noles.

Sept. 18
Colorado 17 ... West Virginia 14 OT
West Virginia's Pat McAfee's field goal attempt in overtime bonked off the upright, and Colorado's Aric Goodman nailed his 25-yard field attempt for the win, and a scholarship, awarded to the walk-on after the game. It marked the end of a strange game for the Mountaineers, who came back after a 14-0 deficit with a six-yard Pat White touchdown run in the first quarter and a 39-yard White dash in the third, but a badly mismanaged final drive killed a chance to get into field goal range at the end of regulation. Colorado started out hot with Cody Hawkins touchdown passes from 38 yards out to Josh Smith on the first drive of the game and from 13 yards away to Patrick Devenney just two minutes later. WVU ran for 311 yards, but was held to 43 passing yards.
Player of the game: Colorado RB Rodney Stewart ran 28 times for 166 yards
Stat Leaders: West Virginia -
Passing: Pat White, 10-14, 43 yds
Rushing: Pat White, 19-148, 2 TD. Receiving: Noel Devine, 3-11
Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 22-33, 179 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Rodney Stewart, 28-166. Receiving: Josh Smith, 5-75, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The style points might not be there, but Colorado is 3-0 with a win over West Virginia. The program can't ask for much more than that, and while the offense was too shaky after the first five minutes, and most is needed from the passing game, a big win is a big win. The run defense had a nightmare of a time with Pat White and Noel Devine, but the D line came up with its share of big wins on several key downs. With a trip to Jacksonville to face Florida State and the Big 12 opener against Texas up next, this should serve as a big confidence booster.

Sept. 6
Colorado 31 … Eastern Washington 24
Colorado CB Cha’Pelle Brown returned a pick 27 yards for a touchdown with just under two minutes to play to cap a 17-point fourth quarter in the comeback. Eastern Washington had one last shot, but D.J. Dykes came up with a pick in the end zone to seal the win. The Buffs got three touchdown passes from Cody Hawkins including a two-yarder to Jake Behrens to tie it at 24 with just over two minutes to play, and then Brown came up with the game winner. CU finished with just 90 yards rushing, but held the Eagles to 47 on the ground.
Player of the game:  Colorado CB Cha’Pelle Brown returned an interception 27 yards for the game winner
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 28-38, 261 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darrell Scott, 13-39 Receiving: Scott McKnight, 6-90
Eastern Washington - Passing: Matt Nichols, 32-51, 303 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Dale Morris, 14-36. Receiving: Tony Davis, 9-73
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Uh oh. Colorado struggled way too much to get by an Eastern Washington team that might be good, but it’s still an FCS team. Give credit to the defense for coming through in the final few minutes, with Cha’Pelle Brown getting the pick-six for the game-winning score and D.J. Dykes sealing the win with a pick, but there has to be a concern that the running game didn’t work. Star back Darrell Scott only gained 39 yards on 13 carries, and the team ran for just 90 yards and a 2.7 per carry average.

Aug. 31
Colorado 38 ... Colorado State 17
Colorado got a 35-yard touchdown catch from Scotty McKnight and one yard scoring runs from Cody Hawkins and Darrell Scott, while the defense held Colorado State to 258 yards and just one offensive touchdown. The Buffs pulled away in the second half outscoring the Rams 17-3 in a bit of a letdown after a wild second quarter. CSU got a 21-yard Dion Morton touchdown catch to pull within seven, and then CU's Josh Smith electrified the stadium with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Colorado State answered right back with a 90-yard John Mosure return for a score on the ensuing kickoff. The Rams wouldn't find the end zone again.
Player of the game: Colorado FS Ryan Walters made 11 tackles, an interception, and broke up two passes
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 20-29, 214 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darrell Scott, 11-54, 1 TD. Receiving: Scotty McKnight, 5-67, 1 TD
Colorado State - Passing: Billy Farris, 27-37, 187 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Gartrell Johnson, 12-95. Receiving: Rashaun Greer, 8-70
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... In a high-energy, emotionally charged game like the win over Colorado State, Colorado kept its cool, got a good pass rush, and enough explosion to come away with the tougher-than-it-appeared win. Cody Hawkins took another step in his maturity with a strong performance making few mistakes and keeping the chains moving. This was the type of game Colorado wanted to win and be done with, knowing that it would be a big, tough test. Now comes Eastern Washington, who has a good passing game, to tune up for West Virginia.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Darrell Scott  TB 6-0  204 Oxnard, Calif. (St. Bonaventure)
The most complete running back in the West in the class of 2008, Scott is a powerful runner, has excellent vision and can stop on a dime. One of the most prolific runners in California history, could own several records by end of his career.
The California State Junior of the Year from Moorpark (Calif.), Scott rushed for 3,194 yards on 337 carries and scored 45 touchdowns. He ran for over 200 yards in 10 games and against Camarillo had a career day, rushing for 306 yards, scoring six touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions.

Potential Instant Impact Players

Lynn Katoa ILB 6-2 220 Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood)

Katoa plays the game with heart, passion and no fear. Katoa is fantastic on the blitz, displaying great skills of timing, anticipation and instincts. He is a brutal and physical hitter that shows excellent fundamentals when it comes to tackling. Katoa fights off blocks well and gets to the ball. He chases sideline to sideline and moves well laterally. Katoa is quick, has excellent speed and is very strong. As a junior, Katoa recorded (90 solo) 109 tackles, 13 sacks, and four forced fumbles playing at middle linebacker and defensive end. It was his first year playing football. He was named second team all-region and all-state. He benches 315 pounds, squats 335 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

Jon Major ILB 6-3 225 Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa)

Major has great size and good speed. Major can move very well both north-south and side to side. He is cat quick playing inside out. Major reads and reacts as quick as anyone you will see among his peers. He is a ferocious hitter who plays with passion, aggressiveness and is relentless on the field. Major can shed blockers and get to the ball. He shows good vision, agility and instincts for the linebacker position. As a junior, in seven games, Major had 107 tackles (15 for losses), three forced fumbles and one interception. He missed four games due to an ankle sprain. As a junior, in seven games, Major had 107 tackles (15 for losses), three forced fumbles and one interception. He missed four games due to an ankle sprain.

Rest of the Class

Chance Blackmon WR 6-3 185 Tatum, Texas (Tatum)
Curtis Cunningham DL 6-2 270 Littleton, Colo. (Columbine)
Ryan Dannewitz OL 6-6 285 San Jacinto, Calif. (San Jacinto)
Jameson Davis PK 5-11 190 Eagle, Idaho (Eagle)
Ryan Deehan TE 6-6 230 Poway, Calif. (Poway)
Vince Ewing S 6-1 200 Carlsbad, Calif. (Carlsbad)
Bryce Givens OT 6-6 250 Castle Rock, Colo. (Denver Mullen)
Tyler Hansen QB 6-2 205 Murrieta, Calif. (Chaparral)
Steven Hicks DB 6-0 185 Tyler, Texas (Whitehouse)
Patrick Mahnke S 6-2 190 Parker, Colo. (Mountain Vista)
Will Pericak TE 6-4 235 Boulder, Colo. (Boulder)
Ray Polk TB 6-1 200 Scottsdale, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)
Douglas Rippy LB 6-2 220 Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison)
Rodney Stewart TB/KR 5-8 185 Westerville, Ohio (Brookhaven)
Maxwell Tuioti-Mariner OL 6-4 300 Corona, Calif. (Corona)
Paul Vigo WR 6-1 172 Moorpark, Calif. (Moorpark)
Ryan Wallace TE 6-5 230 Bowling Green, Ky. (Bowling Green)

2007 Recap

Recap:
The Buffaloes’ four-game improvement from 2006 and 15 additional practices that came with an Independence Bowl berth were exactly what Dan Hawkins needed in his second year in Boulder.  Colorado finished a respectable third place in the Big 12 North, showing some life on offense, and beating Oklahoma and Nebraska in the same year for the first time since 1990.  Just when the offense started to click in the second half, however, the defense sprung unexpected leaks, allowing an average of 36 points over the final seven games.

Offensive Player of the Year:
QB Cody Hawkins

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Jordon Dizon

Biggest Surprise: The Sept. 29 upset of No. 3 Oklahoma was a blockbuster win for Hawkins and the entire Colorado program.  The Buffs stormed back with 20 unanswered points in the second half, leaving the Sooners stunned after Kevin Eberhart booted a 45-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.    

Biggest Disappointment: The Buffaloes had absolutely no business losing to Iowa State on Nov. 10, particularly after opening up a 21-0 halftime lead on the 2-8 Cyclones.  Colorado disappeared in the second half, getting outscored 31-7 in a collapse that cost the program a winning season.

Looking Ahead: Colorado will be looking to build on last year’s momentum by adding another win or two to the final record.  While a winning season for the first time since 2005 will be another brick in the wall, a Kansas-like leap into prominence isn’t likely in 2008 with a schedule that includes trips to Florida State, Missouri and Kansas, and visits from West Virginia and Texas.
 

 
 

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