CU Buffs football prepping for business trip
08/26/2011 08:04:32 PM MDT
Nick Hirschman catches a pitch out during practice on Friday. Earlier in the day he got in a job at his position coach during the CU kickoff lunch.
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If the Colorado Buffaloes want to see the sights in Hawaii, they'll have to honeymoon there someday.
Even though the Buffs are heading to Honolulu on Thursday to get acclimated after a long flight and four-hour time change, there's not much room on the agenda for Diamond Head or Waikiki Beach before CU plays its season opener against Hawaii.
"It's all business," Embree said after Friday evening's practice. "They can see it when they take off and land. They can see everything they need to see then. We're there for one reason."
While the Buffs will be moving practices to the evening next week to get players used to running around then, Embree said the time change actually isn't a major factor since the game starts at 8:15 p.m. Mountain Time. CU games have started that late before and likely will more frequently in the future as the Buffs head into the Pac-12 conference.
Embree said the team will be sleeping and eating on Hawaii time, though, meaning 8 a.m. wake-up calls on the islands -- or noon here.
"(The Buffs) are probably used to sleeping till noon, so we probably don't have to change much," Embree joked.
The Buffs have a game day dress rehearsal of sorts today when they scrimmage in helmets to get used to getting plays and substitutions run in on time. They're off Sunday and resume practice Monday before leaving for Denver International Airport at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
When Jon Embree says Hawaii quarterbacks get a bad rap, he's not just trying to pump hot air into the head of Warriors' senior signal caller Bryant Moniz.
"He doesn't get the respect he's earned because of the TV times," Embree said. "Not enough people see him play."
Embree saw another Hawaii QB closely enough to know that the Playstation numbers they put up aren't just a product of the system and wide-open league they play in.
Colt Brennan, a former Buff who transferred and had a celebrated career at Hawaii, played with the Washington Redskins while Embree was an assistant there.
"He's unbelievably accurate," Embree said of Brennan. "Colt might not have had the quote, big NFL arm. But he was real accurate and he threw the ball on time."
Embree said the things he likes about Moniz are the same things he likes about CU quarterback Tyler Hansen, particularly in the leadership department.
"(Former CU coach Bill McCartney) always used to say, 'Be careful when you play a senior quarterback, no matter who it is and where it is,'" Embree said.
A few players took advantage of the chance to have fun at the expense of their coaches Friday at the Boulder Chamber's CU Kickoff Luncheon at Balch Fieldhouse.
After Embree said a few opening words, he brought up a player from each position group to introduce the respective assistant coaches.
Second string quarterback Nick Hirschman scored the biggest laughs as he brought QBs coach Rip Scherer on stage.
"He started his first grad assistant job at Penn State in Joe Paterno's fourth year," Hirschman quipped.
Linebacker Doug Rippy stirred the crowd in a different way. The junior got choked up trying to hold back tears as he introduced longtime LBs coach Brian Cabral. The crowd responded with a standing ovation for Cabral. ...
... Oh, and for the record, Scherer did begin his career at Penn State. But it was 1974, merely the legendary Paterno's ninth season.