1. Gone camping
If you're heading up to Boulder this weekend to take in Colorado football's training camp, your report will likely look something like this: The players are playing, the coaches are coaching and it's exciting. While the Buffs' camp is open to the public, they'd prefer all the intricacies stay off the Internet. Grab breakfast, have a couple of the city's fine microbrews, head over to camp and keep CU's secrets to yourself.
Internet talk or photos of formations are out of the question. If you're looking to share insight into the pistol or "wishbone", you'll have to wait until after the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Keep those smartphones in your pockets, no incessant Twitter, Instagram or Facebook updates please. The university even sent out four pages of guidelines for media covering the Buffs. Notable, don't record audio of the cadence at the line of scrimmage.
As Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen wrote about earlier this week, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre and California's new head man Sonny Dykes have bucked national trends by opening their camps and practices to the public and media. Buffs fans are lucky to have such access, even if it is slightly limited. Up in Fort Collins, the Rams don't let the general public in for camp - they said there isn't enough room inside the practice facility. We all know they're hiding things from prying Buffalo eyes.
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2. P-Rich ready to break out
Athlon Sports continues its Pac-12 football build up, focusing today on breakout players in the conference. Included in the list is Colorado's standout wide receiver Paul Richardson. P-Rich's breakdown reads, "Richardson was well on his way to becoming one of the Pac-12's top receivers prior to a knee injury suffered in spring practice last year. After sitting out last season, Richardson is due for a bounce-back campaign under new coach Mike MacIntyre. In 2011, Richardson caught 39 passes for 555 yards and five scores, including 11 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns against California. The Buffaloes need better quarterback play for Richardson's numbers to significantly increase, but MacIntyre and coordinator Brian Lindgren should bright some improvement to the offense for 2013."
3. Redshirt Liufau?
A Denver Post blog yesterday focused on the quarterback situation at CU. The big question is if CU captain Connor Wood is the guy to run the new offense, will the Buffs redshirt prized freshman Sefo Liufau? If Liufau is not the clear-cut No. 2, said Post blogger suggests the Buffs get out the redshirt. There appears to be ample quarterback back-up depth on CU's roster and another year of eligibility for a blossoming signal-caller might not be a bad idea for a rebuilding program.
4. Sweet hair
If you caught the 60-minute condensed game of UCLA hosting Nebraska from last season at 1 a.m. this morning on the Pac-12 Network, you're like me and need to get a life. UCLA won the game 36-30 and if there's one player from that Cornhuskers squad and for this season that Buffs fans can kind-of, sort-of, almost root for, it's Fairview High School grad Kenny Bell. Not trying to throw salt on old recruiting wounds, but Bell is set to have a big season after last year's campaign where he went for 50 catches, 863 yards and eight touchdowns. As you can see he also has some of the sweetest hair in all of college football. UCLA goes to Nebraska on Sept. 14 to take on the black-clad Huskers. BoCoPreps.com's Adam Dunivan wrote recently about the Boulder product Bell.
5. New uniforms for CSU
Colorado State unveiled its uniforms for the coming season today including the video above. The school has switched to Under Armour after cutting ties with Russell Athletics. The new threads are clean, look nice and are an upgrade, but - bias alert - they're not as solid as the black and gold. Catch the Rams' uniforms in action on Sept. 1 in Denver.