SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (May 13, 2019) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (May 13, 2019) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: May 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. | UPDATED: May 13, 2019 at 3:06 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at 2 p.m. MT. That will do it for this week everybody. Thanks for the comments and questions! We'll see you again next week!Good point. People get tired of hearing about the SEC, but they win there and they play a brand of football that gets into the national rankings and sends players to the NFL.Seems like every Pac 12 team is trying to "bring in the SEC". ESPN did an article on the exact same thing with Oregon visiting Alabama like some corporation learning the Toyota method or something. Have a ground game was always considered essential in Nov/Dec. Just look what happened with UW/WSU in the snow. Or when your star receiver goes down. The Buffs of the 90's didn't put up as many points, but they controlled the clock with their offense and shortened the game. Plus, it never mattered who the QB was or if the star RB had a broken foot and was just a decoy.It's too early to tell, I think. We've got to see them coach. But, I personally like this staff. I think Jay Johnson brings much needed experience to the offense. I like that Chev and Hagan are still here. I like the Els is still here. I think Chris Kapilovic is a great hire. Summers, I think he'll do well. There's also some inexperience, and we'll have to see how guys like Michalowski and Tillman do. But why I think this is a good staff is because they all seem to be on the same page. That's important.What’s your take on the Coaching Staff that Tucker put together after having a bit of time to evaluate them after Spring Ball? Seems like Buffs fans had a lot of questions about this staff and expected “more” out of Tucker. Overall, is this an overall upgrade at the assistant level compared to MacIntyre’s staff?For sure, I think Tucker will building his program more on running the football and playing defense than you typically think about with the Pac-12. But, look at the teams you mentioned - Utah and Stanford. They are two of the most successful year in and year out. Cal is doing a similar thing. USC has always been at its best when it plays defense and runs the ball. So, I don't think it's as uncommon as it seems, but certainly it's a style that has worked for Tucker.Do you think Tucker’s plan is to bring more of an SEC style/brand of football to the Buffs...both in terms of the type of athletes and the style of Play? With the exception of Stanford and Utah, all of the other teams in the PAC-12 play a similar style with the same type of athletes. We have seen that hasn’t necessarily faired well in Bowl games the past couple years. I like the idea of Tucker having the Buffs “zag”, while most of the other teams in the conference are “zigging”. Do you agree with my assessment? What are the biggest challenges with implementing a very different style of play at CU?Yes, I'll be doing that soon! I guess things changed since the Cal game!!Brian, will you soon issue your semi-annual depth chart complete with eligibility? The most recent one on the official site is for the Cal game. There is hope for newspapers!This staff has definitely been more engaged with some of the top kids, and much more receptive to hearing from and meeting with Matt McChesney, who trains a lot of the top kids. Not that this staff HAS to meet with Matt, but his results speak for themselves when every year he has a bunch of kids from his gym going to D-I and Power 5 schools. Having a good, engaged relationship there is important, in my opinion. That said, some of the elite talent is always going to leave the state. That just happens. CU's not going to get ALL the top kids. Macintyre got some of the state's top players, and so will Tucker. I do think Tucker may wind up getting a few more.Appears that Tucker and his staff are more committed to recruiting the State of Colorado than MacIntyre and company? Do you think this staff will do a better job of keeping the elite talent to play at CU going forward? It seemed like MacIntyre lacked confidence in offer in-State recruits early, and waited to get confirmation by letting other Power 5 teams offer kids first.Keep an eye on Kole Taylor, a TE from Grand Junction, and Jake Wray, a tackle from Marietta, Ga. Those are two kids the Buffs like a lot and they seem like to CU.Have you heard any rumblings on some big names that are getting close to committing?Maybe a little bit. I can't imagine it's a big part of the offense like last year.so you don't think we'll see Shenault in the wildcatNo question, Nixon has confidence. Really good, fun young man, though. I always enjoy talking with him. He's confident, but thoughtful and very outgoing. But, I agree, he's more suited for a slot than outside, and I think if he has an NFL future, it's in the slot.I hadn’t seen KD’s tweet...that is very interesting. He sure doesn’t lack confidence.And, while I think he is a good receiver, I sure wouldn’t peg him as someone that could leave early for the NFL. I think he is the 3-4th best outside receiver on the roster. In my opinion, his only option to play at the next level would be at the Slot. He seems to have good speed, but not elite speed for the next level. And, at his size he needs separation against taller corners. Do you think we will primarily see Nixon on the outside like we did this Spring? And, do you see him being drafted in the future?CU targeted him, and they got him, so that's a good thing. Hopefully he stays with this commitment, and I think he will. Unlike the 2019 QB commit who chose to go elsewhere, the Buffs aren't going to be changing coaches for Lewis before he signs. He picked CU a lot because of the coaches. I love his film and his stats. He's a play-makerThoughts on Brandon Lewis?Nice to see you again. Ha! I'm doing well, but ready for a summer break. Too early to really tell how different it's going to be with Tucker. we're still getting a feel for him and haven't seen him after games. I haven't spent much time with Tucker yet, with the exception of the press conferences, but I get a feeling he's going to be more personable than MacIntyre.Brino-saurus, how's it going DUUUDE? It's your favorite question asker of the century, the Spaceman! I'm here to ask you a very, very important question, dude. So here it is -- how's my main man Brino doing? You digging your job these days my main man? How are things different covering Mike "Easy Rider" Macintyre vs. THE MELVIN, Senor Tucker? How does that, like, change your job, dude? Anyway, hope all is groovy. Spaceman Spiff is OUT!!!! But don't worry dude, I'll be back again soon.Depends on how teams view him. In my opinion, Nixon is being forced too much into an outside receiver role here. I think he's be exceptional in the slot. If an NFL team sees that and agrees, I think he could go in the mid to late rounds. As an outside receiver, I don't think he's a great pro prospect.If KD Nixon does leave, what round would you think he'd goIt really depends on who leaves. They lose Montez and a few others for sure - Lynott, Davion Taylor, Abrams. They could definitely lose Shenault and maybe a Nixon or Landman. But, really, they could have Nixon, Stanley, Arias, Jackson, etc., at receiver; all the RBs back; a senior or junior at QB; and young OL that should be grown up and better. On defense, they could have the entire DL back, could have all the inside backers returning, most of the outside linebackers and most of the secondary. While it's early to tell, I think the Buffs would be OK across the board.With the talent leaving at the end of this year would you say the 2020 is going to be rough? I don't have a really good read on the pipeline coming in, but some serious offensive weapons will be gone.Right now, I think the offense is better equipped to carry the team. they've got a third-year starter and fifth-year senior at QB, a receiver in the Heisman/Top 10 of the Draft conversation, several other talented receivers. I think their depth is solid there. Defense, too many holes and not enough depth right now.In 2016 it seemed like both sides of the ball were able to help the team. I remember the Oregon game with Montez putting up points and then the Stanford game where the defense won the game. Which side do you think is better situated to help carry the team this year? I know we will have to wait to see this on the field but I am wondering if Tucker was great schematically or if he had incredible talent that helped put the defenses he coached over the top.Shenault, for sure. I pretty much bank on him being in the NFL a year from now - barring injury. Based on a tweet by KD Nixon today - "LAST YEAR BEING BROKE!" - he seems to have the same mindset for himself. Landman, we'll see. I don't think he's as sure to leave. He was great last year and I expect him to be great again this year. But, he's not on the national level that Shenault got to last year.Do you think it is more likely than not that both Shenault and Landman leave early for the NFL?Ask as much as you want! That's the four that would lead the way from the OLB spot, I think. Of that group, Wells, to me, is probably the best of the group and he's got great speed to get around the edge. Falo, I think he's a solid player, but you're right, I don't see him really having a lot of sacks. Tchangam and Callier are different types and do different things well, but they'll get their share of sacks as well. If you can get 8 from Wells, 3-4 each from Tchangam and Callier and 2-3 from Falo, I think that's solid. They'll get sacks from other places, too.Sorry for all the questions, just happy to make the chat. Any idea on who our best edge rushers might be? Wells, Tchangam, Callier? It just seems to me that Falo is a bit too slow off the edge from years past.Hambright would be on the list. Laviska Shenault, of course. I'm curious to see how he looks after his injuries and how they will use him. I'm interested to see Quinn Perry, the JUCO inside linebacker with a rugby background. And, I'm very interested to see Mark Perry, who could fight for a starting job at safety.Who are you most excited to see in the fall that you didn't get to see in the spring? Hambright maybe?No, I don't. By all indications, Sam really likes Boulder. And, if he's third, he's not far behind, so there's still a chance for him to climb to second.If Noyer is third on the chart behind Lytle do you anticipate him transferring?Not yet. They just finished up their semester and a lot of them will go home. Some are still here. In fact, I just ran into Alex Tchangam 5 minutes ago as I sit and do the chat. So some are here and working out, but not collectively.have the players started summer drillsright now, I think it's hard for the coaches to know because they didn't have him at full speed in spring. I doubt we see Shenault playing the same type of role. He might do some similar things, but I don't that we'll see him as the short-yardage back, for instance.Any indication on if our O.C. wants to use Shenault in the same capacity as coach Chev did last year? I hope they make him a focal point and he gets the attention he did last year nationally.I don't think we'll see him as a true safety, but playing as the Star backer, he's essentially like another safety a lot of times. He'll also move in to inside linebacker on certain downs.Could we see Taylor move to safety? He seems like he has a great build and could instill some fear on opposing teams trying to come over the middle? I am sure he will play all over the field.Nothing at this time, but there are always a couple of things that happen over the summer.I believe the number of scholarship players is currently at 86 for the Fall? Any rumblings of any additional players that may not return for the Summer session?Sorry - didn't see this one before I answered the previous question.Any additional word on Hypolite and if he has a chance to come back as coach Mac did in years past?No, I think he's done. He's already announced that he has put his name in the transfer portal.Is Hasaan Hypolite done for good, or is there a chance he can return like Falo didHe was one player that I wanted to catch up with in the spring and just didn't get around to him, but I heard positive things about him and that he had a solid spring. I think we'll see him on the field quite a bit in the rotation at slot receiver.Don't believe I heard Jaylon Jackson's name in any of your Spring updates? What's his status?I think that was a glitch. I didn't notice that, but I did ask about getting commenting back on stories, and I was told that wasn't going to be happening. So, if you saw it, it was just a glitch. I'm with you all that wish there was commenting available.I did notice the new website! And for one day it looked like there were even comments from some of the old prolific commenters. But now it's gone. Was that a glitch or feature?Certainly, time will tell on that. Even with highly recruited players, you just never really know how they're going to do at the college level. But, there are 5-6 guys coming this summer, and the depth is going to help. The top three - Lang, Sami and Johnson - are pretty solid, I think. Beyond that, it's going to be very interesting.DLine seems to be thin at the moment. Seems like the reinforcements that are coming in the fall were not highly recruited guys. Will any of them make a impact this year?As far as I know, it's still up in the air. Last I heard from him, he was still planning to come, but that's been a few weeks.Is Jauntavius Johnson no longer coming in this summer as a grad transfer?Depends on who you ask! I've said the same thing all offseason that I think this team gets to a bowl and wins 6-8 games.What is the projected record today of football team?Welcome, everybody to our Buffzone.com. I apologize for not having a chat last week. You have noticed we have resigned our web site, and with that we had some glitches last week in getting this figured out. But, I'll be here for the next hour to talk some Buffs!