Colorado football coach Jon Embree during Saturday’s loss to Stanford.
Colorado football coach Jon Embree during Saturday's loss to Stanford. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Despite five consecutive blowout losses with final scores that might lead some to believe otherwise, Colorado coach Jon Embree insisted he has seen no evidence of quit in a single player on his roster.

The Buffs began preparations Monday for their final road trip of the season this week at Arizona, a Jekyll and Hyde team that could be without its starting quarterback.

CU is coming off a 48-0 loss to Stanford at home. It was the first home shutout in 26 years. The Buffs have been outscored 168-20 in the past three games and generated less than 100 yards of total offense against Stanford.

Embree said he took responsibility for the latest loss while addressing his players in a team meeting.

"I know they care about it and I know they're playing with maximum effort so I don't want them feeling like pointing fingers at each other or any of that stuff," Embree said, when asked why he felt compelled to tell players it was his fault. "They know I believe in them. They know how I feel about them. A few of the older guys came by Sunday to talk to me about some things, and that was encouraging.

"Put all the pressure on me, not on them."

CU athletic director Mike Bohn told the Camera after the Stanford game that changes will be made in the football program at the end of the season. Embree confirmed Monday he has talked to Bohn about those changes.

"As that time approaches, we'll talk about those things," Embree said. "Right now it's all about finding a way to beat Arizona."


Embree was asked if he would have a problem making changes to his coaching staff if his bosses asked him to.

"I don't anticipate them asking me to do that, so I don't want to answer a question like that that would be hypothetical like that," Embree said.

Embree said he doesn't believe he and his offensive coaches made any big mistakes in preparing for Stanford. He said the Buffs' problem was not being able to make plays in the passing game against a team ranked No. 2 nationally against the run.

Embree is expected to share his plan today for the quarterback position for the rest of the season. Junior Jordan Webb has started every game, but third-year sophomores Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood both have received playing time this season and are expected to continue to get opportunities in some fashion.

Solis expected back

Embree said freshman defensive lineman Justin Solis was one of four defensive linemen he praised in front of the whole team for great effort in the Stanford game.

Solis was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering a neck strain. He passed all tests at a local hospital and Embree said Solis is likely to return in two weeks for the Washington game.

Freshman wall

CU has played 13 true freshmen this season and Embree said he believes they have performed well, aside from some mistakes that are typical of all freshmen.

Embree said at least seven freshmen have told him they are struggling with the length and grind of their first college season and the adjustment to the academic workload.

"It's a long season for them," Embree said. "The demands, a lot of those guys have eight to 10 hours of study table. They never feel like they have time just to exhale."


Embree said freshman cornerback Kenneth Crawley was at practice Monday and missed last week's game with a sickness and some academic issues. ... Colorado's next home game Nov. 17 against Washington will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. and will be televised by FX.

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