April 5, 2007

No quarterback decision on the horizon

BOULDER, Colo. - The Buffaloes completed their 10th practice of spring ball on Thursday afternoon, leaving just four more workouts before the annual spring game on April 14th.

Because of the limited number of healthy offensive linemen available to them this spring, the Buffs have kept the number of live plays to a minimum thus far. But head coach Dan Hawkins said they plan to run through a longer scrimmage on Friday.

"We're actually going to go a little harder [than we did in the first two spring scrimmages]," Hawkins explained. "We're going to try to get 40 really good plays in. We'll intersperse some special teams and some 7-on-7s in there just to give these guys a little bit of a break. But we're going to get the ball and we're going to drive it."

The first spring scrum included 34 lives plays, while the second scrimmage included just 32 live plays.

Quarterback battle

Cody Hawkins has been more consistent than newcomer Nick Nelson at quarterback this spring, but the battle for the starting job is far from over.

The Buffs did not name the starting quarterback until August 20th last year. Are they looking at a similar timeline this time around?

"Yeah," Coach Hawkins said. "You'd like to go into the last scrimmage [of preseason camp] having a pretty good feel for who your guy is. You definitely want to have a starter. But it's much like last year, regardless of how it goes, both of those guys (Nelson and Hawkins) will get some reps in there [leading up to the season opener], even if they aren't named the starter."

Bernard Jackson has taken very few snaps behind center this spring, seeing more time at receiver.

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