August 18, 2006

Another dominating performance by the 'D'

BOULDER, Colo. - Midway through the Buffaloes' second scrimmage of preseason camp on Friday night, the mood changed. Senior defensive end Walter Boye-Doe landed wrong after batting down a James Cox pass at the line of scrimmage.

The medial team rushed to the field and for the next 15 minutes, you could hear a pin drop in Folsom Field. Boye-Doe was taken away in an ambulance as his teammates prayed.

"Right now he is checking out okay," head coach Dan Hawkins said in regards to Boye-Doe's status following the scrum. "He just kind of got flipped over and landed on his head. I don't know if he lost consciousness but I do know he was talking with the doctor."

"From what I know, he is doing alright," added quarterback Bernard Jackson. "He has movement and that's a good sign. He is talking, too, so he should be alright. We will keep him in our thoughts."

Boye-Doe has suffered a number of injuries during his career at CU. But he remained healthy through spring practices and catapulted himself to the top of the depth chart at right defensive end.

"It was hard mentally to get through that," senior quarterback James Cox expressed. "But we showed a lot of character in fighting through that and finishing the scrimmage."

The defense was once again dominant on Friday night. In fact, the offense only scored a touchdown when given a goal line situation. The rest of the points came off the leg of Mason Crosby, who nailed field-goals from 32, 40, 42 and 35 yards out.

"I'm all for Mason but let's get some touchdowns on the board," Hawkins said. "We have to continue to clean some stuff up. Those first few drives, it was like: sack, sack, sack, fumble, sack. We are not where we need to be offensively in many categories. You can't put that totally on the quarterback.

"I thought offensively we actually practiced pretty darn good yesterday so I had kind of anticipated us operating at a higher efficiency level than we did."

One bright spot on offense was the production of running back Mell Holliday. He picked up 78 yards on nine carries, including a long of 37 yards and two touchdown runs during goal line drills.

"First half was kind of slow for the entire offense, so Coach [Hawkins] made a challenge during halftime," Holliday said. "So I took it upon myself to pick it up."

Linebacker Thaddaeus Washington led the defense with five tackles and safety Ben Burney added four tackles, two pass broke ups and an interception.

"I like what we are doing schematically on defense," Hawkins said. "That is another reason why it is hard for our offense to get on the same page. [Defensively], we're athletic, we've got speed and we have some experience. We have some guys that have taken snaps and seen some things."

Scrimmage Notes:

*** Friday's scrimmage was a part of Fan Appreciation Day. The festivities included a performance by the marching band and a greeting from Coach Hawkins during halftime. He riled up the crowd by exclaiming that they will add "another National Championship banner up" on the box suites.

*** Hawkins had said they planned to announce a starting quarterback by Sunday. Is that still the plan? "Yeah," he said. "We need to get in there, look at the tape and talk about a few things."

*** Freshman safety Jimmy Smith was banged up early on during the scrimmage when he tried to tackle tight end Devin Shanahan. According to Coach Hawkins, Smith "is alright".

*** Wide receiver Dusty Sprague (ankle), offensive lineman Erick Faatagi (knee), wide receiver Jarrell Yates (shoulder), cornerback Lorenzo Sims (hand), safety Ryan Walters (hamstring), offensive lineman Edwin Harrison (shoulder) and defensive lineman Alex Ligon (pectoral) did not participate in Friday's scrimmage due to injury.

*** With Sims sidelined at cornerback, Terry Washington played with the first team defense. Sims is expected to get a cast on his broken right hand sometime in the next five days. Jack Tipton worked with the first team offense at right tackle with Harrison out.

*** The Buffaloes will practice twice on Saturday: 11:15-noon (no pads) and 4:00-6:00 pm (pads).

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