April 13, 2007

Q&A with Coach Mark Helfrich

After finishing last in the Big 12 in total offense last season, the Buffaloes have made positive strides this off-season. CU has piled up 591 yards of offense through their first three spring scrimmages, which included a total of 108 live plays.

We caught up with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich after Thursday afternoon's practice. He touched a variety of topics, including the offensive improvement this spring, the quarterback battle and the tight ends unit.

Is it safe to assume what happens in the first two weeks of preseason camp will mean a lot more in the quarterback battle than what has happened out here this spring?

Mark Helfrich: "It all matters. But in a good way, fall camp matters a lot because we are in a situation now where we have some real positive competition at that position. We haven't had a drastic separation, you know, one guy doing great and one guy not doing so great. We've had two guys (Cody Hawkins and Nick Nelson progress nicely. B-Jack (Bernard Jackson) has taken on a completely different role, in a very positive way. But yeah, preseason camp will be huge."

Obviously you still have the spring game here on Saturday… but from the end of that spring game to the beginning of preseason camp, in what areas do you want to see the most improvement out of both Cody Hawkins and Nick Nelson?

"I wish we could see a lot of improvement. We can't do anything with them on the field, due to NCAA rules. So that is where those goes both have to do a nice job independently. I think both those guys are definitely self-starters as far as coming in and wanting to watch film. I just want them to keep trying to expand as much as they can mentally and then take that to the field with them on their own organizing [7-on-7's] throughout the spring and summer."

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