One more year! One more year! One more year?
That was the chant the USC fans at Folsom Field serenaded Matt Barkley with last Friday night after the star quarterback threw a program-record six touchdowns against Colorado.
Barkley, a junior, must decide at the end of the season whether to become a multi-millionaire NFL draftee or return to school to try to win a Heisman Trophy and lead the Trojans to a national championship.
Meanwhile, Tyler Hansen is out of options when it comes to his playing career.
The Buffs' senior quarterback, whose redshirt was burned in 2008 and again in 2009 by the previous coaching staff, only has three games promised to him.
CU hosts Arizona on Saturday in the home finale before finishing the season with road games at UCLA and Utah.
Hansen, despite the team's 1-9 record this season, remains upbeat about his CU experience.
"Everything that has happened to me here has kind of made me mature quicker and kind of grow up," Hansen said before Tuesday's practice. "I've learned to not take myself so seriously at times and to stay positive. There has been a lot of negative, a lot of negative. But every situation has something positive to come from it, and I think that's the biggest thing I've learned from my experience here is to stay positive and be happy.
"It's OK to laugh and smile."
As a true freshman in 2008, Hansen was thrown into the fire by former head coach Dan Hawkins after CU's offense sputtered during consecutive losses to Florida State, Texas and Kansas.
Initially, the move paid off as Hansen led the Buffs to a 14-13 win over Kansas State in his first college start. But CU was trounced 58-0 at Missouri a week later, and the head coach began rotating Hansen and Cody Hawkins under center.
In 2009, Cody Hawkins was the starter for the first five games. CU went 1-4 before Hansen was asked to take off the redshirt again. He led the Buffs' to a 34-30 upset of No. 15 Kansas in his first start of the campaign, but the team finished 3-9.
"I would not change it. At the time my true freshman year I wanted to get in there, I wanted to play. I was totally fine with that," Hansen said. "I think
"When you have an opportunity to play and get on the field, you have to take it."
Hansen started the first seven games of the 2010 season before suffering a ruptured spleen against Texas Tech.
Cody Hawkins closed out his playing career back under center and was able to walk off the field a winner in his home finale against Kansas State two weeks after his dad was fired as CU's head coach.
This Saturday will be the final time Hansen and 27 other seniors will play at Folsom Field.
"I don't regret that decision at all, my family doesn't regret it at all," Hansen said of not taking a redshirt season. "But the one thing is coach (Jon) Embree and his staff ... I wish I could spend some more time here because they have great football knowledge and they're great guys and they're doing all the right things here. That's the only thing, I wish I had more time with them."