May 19, 2006

Buffs ready for new start under Hawkins

Spring workouts at Colorado started with snow, but Dan Hawkins' new approach hardly received a chilly reception from the returning Buffaloes, who cannot wait to rebound from four straight losses to end last season. Although players responded well during camp, the ability to adjust - to a new system, philosophy and quarterback - will be crucial for September. Next up: COLORADO.

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7-6, 5-3 in the Big 12 in 2005
Already Hawkins has apparently changed the culture in Boulder. Why, even spring practices included a belly-flop contest. The Buffaloes hope that activity, coupled with a skydiving, metaphor-happy Hawkins jumping out of a plane doesn't foreshadow a drop in 2006.

Hawkins' new spread system - he called it the "just score" offense -- will be in stark contrast to the familiar run attack. He isn't pushing things at quarterback, where Bernard Jackson, Brian White, and James Cox will fight for the first snap against Montana State.

When Georgia pushes the Buffaloes around, will they be able to push back?

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