Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (May 20, 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 20, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: May 20, 2019 at 11:47 am | UPDATED: May 21, 2019 at 3:44 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. that'll do it for this week everybody! The next time I'll be doing a chat will be Monday, June 10. Until then, enjoy a quiet start to summer!Yeah, we'll be in touch!I have a parachute to help with your speed trainingI'll knock some people down, for sure!I bet Brian would be an excellent tackler at DB lmaoYes, but I've got to get in shape between now and August. I'm more of a safety than a corner. I lack the speed to cover top-end receivers.Any chance you’ll be suiting up at D.B.?I'm going to avoid Lincoln on this trip!If you are heading east for vacation, make it a partial working vacation and stop in stinkin linkin to spy on their summer workoutsEvan Worthington or Javier Edwards. I thought both might get drafted. I think they're both talented enough to stick with teams.In your opinion, which of the several Buff FAs has the best chance of sticking on an NFL roster?I haven't played it. I'm not a video game guy. I have heard talk of it possibly coming back, howeverDid you play NCAA football(video game)? I miss that game so much....has anybody heard anything about when they might bring it back? is the litigation still ongoing?I'd be surprised if CU doesn't beat CSU. The rams have a lot of holes to fill and the talent is just better in Boulder right now.Stuart had a poll about the CSU game. I see significant weaknesses in both squads. Do you have a sense how that game might unfold? I think it is crucial that CU comes out of OOC with wins over CSU & AFA, a win over NU is gravy - they should be much improved. thanks.DL depth is untested, for sure. But, the difference is that I feel much better about the starting group up front than I do about the secondary right now.Personally, I think the depth on the D-Line is worse than the secondary.... I'm scared for our D this year. I don't think it will be as bad as Embree/Mac Early years, but I hope injuries don't call for running backs and wide receivers playing CB like we did with Embree.Well, see saw Lang, Sami, Landman, Davion Taylor and Abrams out there, so that's five projected starters. Carson Wells was out there, too, and that's probably 6 starters. We also saw Udoffia and Rakestraw and Isaiah Lewis at safety and I could see one of them starting. So, we saw more than half the starters.Brian do you think we saw less than 30% of what starting defense will actually during the spring game?In my opinion, it's been talent at OL/DL and just overall depth. CU's front-end talent has been pretty good at most spots, but very little depth in spots. The top programs - Washington, USC, Stanford, Oregon - are typically replacing 4-stars with 4-stars.What is the most critical need the Buffs face when it comes to talent gaps relative to other winning programs in the Pac-12? Is it overall talent for the Starters...the quality of talent across the board at back-ups....or a lack of talent at a couple of key position groups?Thanks! I hear they have some good cheesesteak out that way? Maybe a few historical stops, as well!Have a great vacation Brian. You should bring the family to the east coast. Hit philly and the jersey shore.I don't know if this is his breakout year just yet. With Laviska, KD, Tony Brown, Dimitri Stanley, and the TEs, that's where a lot of passes will go. I love Arias' potential, though.Do you think Daniel Arias will break out this year? If so with Laviska on the other side and KD in the slot...that's pretty sexy, no?Right now, I'd say from L-R ... Sherman, Roddick, Lynott, Pursell, Hambright. But, I could see the tackles switching, and could see Lynott/Pursell switching. ... At RB, I think Fontenot and Mangham lead the way there.Brian predict a starting OL from left to right on day of the RMS..... Also which RB ends up getting most of the reps as the season goes on.it's my understanding they are well preparedAre state biologists ready for the influx of hoof and mouth disease that will be invading Colorado in early September from the neighbors to the east?That's my understanding, yes. I'm not sure the rationale on that. CU has done per-game captains before. I've never heard of the end of season captains, though.Sounds like Tucker is going to take a different approach to Captains this year? My understanding is they will have several Captains for each game...and then “name Captains at the END of the year”? Is this correct, and what is the rationale? Why not name 3-6 Captains prior to the start of the season?Yes, it's revised a bit this year. That rule will probably continue to evolve over the years.Didn't the NCAA revise its targeting rule, how targeting calls are reviewed, or the penalties?Depth is an issue in the secondary for sure. If the front 7 plays well, that will help. Certainly Tucker will help coach that area. But, they've got to stay healthy in the secondary.What withthe clean slate (no favorites)new aggressive attitudehopefully a change from the stagnant MM offenseThe sky seems the limit. The only downside I see is the depth in the secondary and this is the passing PAC 12. How big a factor will this be in the won/loss column? Being a DB himself will Mel coach em up?It's going to be interesting to watch the college landscape evolve. What happens with the TV markets in future years? The pac-12 owning its rights might be a HUGE benefit down the road. What won't change, in my opinion, is the simple fact that the footprints of the SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten are filled with much more passionate college football fans than the pac-12 footprint. That is going to lead to more money, in my opinion. I haven't been to games at SEC or ACC stadiums, but I've heard enough about them, and I've been to games in Big Ten and Big 12 stadiums, and I can tell you the passion of the fans is light years different than the Pac-12. I saw Michigan fans camping out overnight before a non-conference game against what was thought to be a bad Colorado team in 2016. I don't seen anything like that anywhere in the Pac-12.Hi Brian, thanks for the chat.RE: conference revenues, equity sale, other conference mgmt issues.it seems the pac12 is dealing with a continuous series of bad events, bad looks, convicted felon BB coaches with other BB coaches in possible scandal which is met with continued denial from conference leadership. with B1G teams now receiving $54M/yr, SEC is $44M/yr/team, how can the pac12 compete for coaches, recruits, etc.? The equity sale possibility reeks of desperation. Can you offer some reason for optimism? thanks.Tucker from the start mentioned that they will recruit from everywhere, because he believes CU has to recruit nationally. Texas, California and Colorado will be big for CU, but they have to look all over the country, and with the staff's roots in the south, that'll be big for them.It seems like the last staff focused almost exclusively (with some exceptions) to recruiting in Texas, California and Colorado. I really like that it seems like Tucker has his staff actively recruiting a MUCH larger footprint. This is a very different approach. Have you had an opportunity to ask Tucker about this significant change in philosophy?This is not really a knock on her, but I think the WBB team will be better next year than they've been. I really like the young players they are recruiting. If they can get someone - Finau? - to take charge at point guard, they'll be in good shape. I do think we'll see this team start being more frontcourt-focused than they have been. I don't think need a PG that's going to score a lot of points. Finau or whoever runs the point needs to get the ball inside and to shooters such as Hollingshed and Clarke.How do you think the departure of Kennedy Leonard will impact team success next year? Obviously, she put up a lot of points, but I had heard that perhaps she wasn't the most popular among the players. And she did tend to monopolize the ball and shots.He got a couple solid PWOs. Those are guys that usually don't make a huge impact, but we'll see down the road.Hi Brian, Tucker put together a solid first recruiting class for sure. How about the PWO ranks?No question, but that's the case for literally every QB ever. They're all better when they play behind good OLs. That's why that group is the key to the whole offense this year.I feel like Montez would be a lot better if the offensive line would give him time to throw. It can't be easy trying to stay in the pocket and make reads while Queen Danny and Drogon are coming straight at you lolCU's definitely in the minds of a lot of those kids, so they have a shot for sure. No, I don't think Lee will be the only in-state recruit for 2020. The Buffs are offering a lot of kids and I think they'll get a 2-3-4 from in-stateI noticed Mel has offers out to a lot of kids in SEC country. (we already have one commit). Do you have any insight on how we are faring on some of them? and is Lee going to be the only home boy we get this cycle?A combo of things. The scandal in the early 2000s hurt recruiting for a bit. Then they made two consecutive bad hires on head coaches with Hawkins and Embree. I know some will say three in a row, but I give MacIntyre credit for getting the program going in the right direction.Brian I enjoy the coverage! Why has Colorado struggled since the early 2000's? Is it coaches & fits or something bigger like University not fostering a winner?Still recovering. Last I heard, they hope he's cleared by summer, but he's also lost a lot of weight.what is the status on Moretti?He's definitely got the ability to come in and challenge for the starting spot, there's no doubt.Lewis' stats are staggering. The only fly on the ointment I might see is they were accomplished at a lower than big school level. Here is optimism for ya. I see him starting in 2020 and being our own version of Martinez....or gasp....MahomesHmmm, good question. On offense, I'll go with Tim Lynott. I know he's a senior and has started a bunch, but he's an OL, so not in the spotlight a lot. Depending on where he plays (G or C) could impact the whole middle of the line. Outside of him, I might go with Brady Russell. The Buffs are going to use the TEs more and he flashed a bit last year. On defense, they have to have some people step up in the secondary, and I could see a guy like Aaron Maddox solidifying things at safety a bit.Which under the radar player on both offense and defense do you think need to be X-Factors for the Buffs this fall?The conference was a bit better this past year. the 2017 season was a disaster. Really, I think it cycles and the Pac-12 is in a down cycle right now. Pac-12 football is not as good right now as it is in the SEC, Big Ten, etc - at least at the top. The top of those other conferences is better, but get past the top and I think the Pac-12 is right thereWhy do you think the PAC-12 has struggled the past couple of years in Bowl games relative to other Power 5 conferences? Has it just been a couple of down years? How do you think the quality of football in the PAC-12 compares to the other Power 5 conferences?The vibe is good right now. There is a change among the players, and every player - and parent - I've talked to is 100 percent on board and loving the changes. Now, Tucker has to go out and win games. If he does that, I think we can see some sustainable excellence here.How are you feeling about the vibe of the program right now? Do you sense a big change? I know its early, but are you feeling like Mel Tucker is going to take the Buffs to the next level? You now more 4 star recruits, consistent 8+ wins a year and conference championships.....Given CU's new facilities, the location, Tucker's history, I really think it comes down to winning. Tucker said it himself this offseason when he said recruits want to see what CU is going to do. Top recruits want to win in college. It's part of my the Alabamas and Georgias and Ohio States are always good - they win and the best players go there. CU starts winning regularly, you're going to see more 4-stars coming to Boulder.What are the greatest challenges the Buffs face to getting 4 star recruits to come to Boulder? Is it simply a matter of going to Bowl games for the next couple of years...put together winning seasons and they will come? Do the Buffs face any unique challenges that other PAC-12 teams don’t face?If ever there was a year, it's this one. (last year was a good shot, too, but the Buffs blew it). I like that CU has them here.Is this the year we finally get the USC monkey off our back? The Trojans are down, have a lame duck coach, and we get them at home.He would be my No. 2 choice, for sure, with a definite shot to get to No. 1.my money is on Mangham as starting RBThe header will change in the summer, don't worry! I change it in summer every year. I haven't made a prediction on that game yet. I'd like to get a better sense for CU in fall camp.Are you picking Nebraska again? and btw you still have Jay's photo on the header. Lets get Viska or KD on thereIt's hard for me to really know, because I don't get the game day experience from the fans perspective. So, I don't really know what tailgating is like or vendors, etc. It's just different for those of us in the media. But, I will say that when CU is good and Folsom is close to capacity, it ranks among the best atmospheres on the Pac-12. Oregon, Washington and Utah are at the top, with CU being right there. The key is the winning, though. Folsom is a much different place when CU is winning. A full Folsom is one of the toughest environments in the Pac-12.How does the college game day experience at Folsom compare to that of other PAC-12 stadiums you have experienced? Other than winning, what do you think Rick George and company can do to improve the game day experience?I asked Rick George that question and he doesn't think it's too ambitious. I disagree with him to a point. I totally understand the mindset, and from a business sense, it makes a ton of sense. Competitively, I'm not quite sure CU is ready for it. They've spent the past several years beefing up the record with FCS and Group of 5 wins, and those teams are falling off the schedule now. Competitively, CU is banking on taking big leaps in recruiting and becoming much better year in and year out. I went through the entire list of Power 5 teams, and CU is one of the few teams playing 11 Power 5 opponents most years. Most teams are maxing out at 10, or 9. That one extra game against an "easy" opponent makes the difference a lot of times. All that said, I hope CU is ready, because it could be a really fun schedule, and if they are that good, it'll be even better.I love the scheduling the football program is doing. Some big time team added in future years. Is it too ambitious, however? Seems like the most successful programs don't play a ton of competitive teams in their non-con schedules.I'm always optimistic, so I say yes! But, honestly, I do think this is a bowl team. I thought they'd get to bowls the last two years and they didn't, but those teams underachieved. The talent is there to get to a bowl and I believe the coaching is there, as well.Will the Buffs make a bowl game next year?Tyler Lytle for the 2020 opener. If healthy, Tyler Lytle for the last week of 2020.The starting QB week 1 for CU for the 2020-2021 season will be _______? The starting QB the last week of the season for CU for the 2020-2021 season will be ______?