August 15, 2006
The Buffaloes are already nine days into preseason camp. A lot has happened since players reported back on August 6th. BuffStampede.com takes a look back at all of the major storylines:
Just when it looked like Brian White was pulling away in the quarterback battle, James Cox stepped up. His strong performance in Sunday's scrimmage has earned him more reps with the first-team offense this week. White completed seven-of-nine passes during the scrimmage, but he failed to move the offense down the field. Bernard Jackson had a scrimmage-high 128 yards rushing, but it came against the third team defense and he also threw two interceptions. The second scrimmage of camp is scheduled for Friday. The starting quarterback for the season opener will likely be announced shortly thereafter.
Henderson dismissed from the team
Head coach Dan Hawkins announced on Monday that safety Tyrone Henderson has been dismissed from the team. Henderson, who has started 24 games at CU and finished third on the team in tackles in 2005, had been suspended since the beginning of camp for violating team rules.
No major injuries (knock on wood)
The Buffs have come away from the first 13 practices relatively healthy. Offensive lineman Erick Faatagi will, however, require arthroscopic surgery on his knee and safety Ryan Walters has been limited with a hamstring injury. Three receivers - Jarrell Yates (shoulder), [db]Stephone Robinson (calf) and Dusty Sprague (thigh) - were all banged up during the first week of camp.
Thomas Perez fiasco
Running back Thomas Perez was as a spectator for the first four days of camp, as he waited for CU to acquire the necessary paperwork from his former Junior College. He was finally cleared to begin practicing last Friday and he was able to practice in full pads for the first time on Tuesday.
Ben Burney was asked to move to free safety from cornerback. The move helps shore up the Buffs' depth at the position with Henderson off the team and Lorenzo Sims back practicing exclusively at cornerback. Patrick Devenny is now a member of Kent Riddle's deep tight end group. He decided to move to the position from quarterback shortly after spring ball. And on Monday, Maurice Cantrell made a position switch from linebacker to fullback.
Cornerback Terrence Wheatley - or T-Wheat, as he is referred to by Coach Hawkins - has continued to be one of the top performers on the defensive side of the ball. He is also challenging Stephone Robinson for starting punt return duties and has run some routes on offense with the receivers.
After watching the first nine days of practice, it's hard to believe the Buffs' 2006 signing class ranked just 48th nationally and 10th in the Big 12. There are a number of talented newcomers on the team. 11 true freshmen were listed on the latest depth chart, which was released on Monday. Justin Drescher, as expected, is listed atop the depth chart at both short and long snapper.
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