Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (July 1, 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 (July 1, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: July 1, 2019 at 11:20 am | UPDATED: July 1, 2019 at 1:19 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. That will do it for this week everybody! Great comments and questions and this week. Next week, the chat will NOT be on Monday because of a previous obligation I have. But, I'll try to find a day to make it up and will let you all know on Twitter. Have a great week!Ah ok. My original story had him playing this year, so he's included in that 84. Reading about him on other sites, there was a lot of confusion about how the blueshirt works, so some thought he wasn't eligible this year. But, he's coming here because he IS eligible right away. So, even with him, they're at 84 right now.Stillwell, just check original story and it has been changed since the attrition to show he can play this year.I don't make anything of it. Slogans and nicknames are stolen all the time. Not sure there are many that are unique. That one may have been unique to that CU group, but if it helps Brown recruit to Louisville, so be it.What do you make of Shadon Brown stealing the "Money Gang" name and hand gesture that Chido/Ahkello/Tedric/Oliver used?I haven't looked at the betting lines, but the national publications are very high on the Huskers. Phil Steele, Athlon and Street & Smith's all pick the Huskers to win their division in the Big Ten.Have you looked at the over/under and betting lines for Neb wins? It seems that the games being set at 8.5 is being offset, if I'm reading the odds correctly, by odds that aren't that great meaning there is little confidence in them winning the 8.5 games.It's also a product of him just receiving a new contract extension.What's the status on Rick George? Last offseason, there was a lot of chatter about him possibly leaving. Haven't heard anything this offseason. Is that the difference between winning the south and coming in last place?If I had to guess right now, I'd say Tyler Lytle, but I think Noyer is capable of winning that job.Who is your guess for #2 QB?Haha! I'll still listen - I'll just do it from home. In our business, these things happen and have been happening more and more. Biggest things I'll miss from not going are the opportunity to meet some of the players around the Pac-12, see a lot of colleagues from around the league, opportunities to talk with Pac-12 coaches - as well as Tucker and the CU players - in a more relaxed setting. Oh, and the school-themed desserts!Short sighted in my opinion not to send you to the media days- can we start a go fund Brian account to send you there? Only good news by not attending is that you won't have to listen to BS from Larry ScottI'm not sure which player you're talking about. But, right now, they are at a projected 84 scholarships. To fill the last one, they could add another blue shirt, or award it to a walk-on.With the last player to leave bring the schollies down to84, does the jr. college transfer that had to sit now get to play?I haven't met him yet and haven't heard much about him. CUBuffs.com wrote a story on him a couple weeks ago, but that's all I've heard about him.Any reviews in yet on Hambright?As it stands right now, Moretti has 3 years left to play. So, even if he was unable to play this year, he could come back next year and still have two years without that medical redshirt.He has used his redshirt year, but could apply for a medical redshirt and try to get a sixth season.Followup on Moretti, does he have any redshirt leftMore on a mental health side of things. He's really embraced that through Buffs4Life and working with a veterans group. I think he'll be a guy that can be a motivator and someone to talk to players at times.It's great to have Brian Cabral around the program again. Everyone he's coached seems to sing his praises. What are some of the ways he can impact the program in his new role?I still think the OL needs to improve quite a bit over last year. But, I think the pieces are there to do that. You're right, though, that the pieces around the OL seem to be pretty solid. But, they were last year, too. IF the starting group stays healthy, I think the OL could be good. Hambright and Sherman could be a sneaky good tackle duo.It seems that the play of the O-line will dictate how the Buffs do on offense. But with an experienced, well rated QB, Laviska & a talent rich receiving corp, including a real TE coach, and add hopefully, a good running game and how much improvement does the O-line need to make it all click well enough to throw the other team off and... success?Haven't heard much, but saw recently he was on crutches. I'd be surprised if he was able to play this year.How's Moretti recovering form his latest injuryNo, he wan't on that level - not on a Scott, Houston or Katoa level. He was a 3-star, with offers from Alabama, ASU, Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, UCLA, etc., but 247Sports didn't even have him as a top-100 player in Texas. He connected well with Chiaverini, though, and that was big.Was Laviska not that highly touted coming out of high school? I don't remember him being a Darrel Scott or Marcus Houston level recruit or even a gulp Lynn Katoa kinda hype with him. How did we get so lucky and get him?I kind of forget how daunting next year looks, too, until I saw the schedule. You also have a game vs. CSU in Fort Collins for the first time in 24 years and Fresno State comes to CU, so that won't be easy. So much can change in a year, so who knows what these teams will look like. And, frankly, we might have a different view of CU, as well. If Montez gets hurt and misses a few games and Lytle or Noyer gets in there and they play well, all of a sudden, you feel pretty good about QB going into next year - along with loads of talent at WR, an experienced RB group and a mostly intact OL. So, we'll see how it all plays out. But, as I look at it right now, I see this as a big year for CU to get to a bowl game, because next year looks like more of a rebuild than this year does. Right now anyway.Good point! I didn't realize next year was going to be so daunting! Well I guess we better hope Laviska can stay healthy, I love watching him play..he's soooo good!Good point. Kap is a key, too. I liked Adams and he was one of my favorite people on the staff, but I do think they upgraded at OL coach with Kap. He's a veteran with proven success in that role. The players I've talked to absolutely love him. Yeah, I think he can the guys that are here and mold them into a Pac-12 OL. Thing about Adams/Mac is that they were recruiting well on the OL at the end; they just didn't have the luxury of working with those guys as vets. Kap will have that luxury of molding that talent.You didn't mention Coach Kap in your OL answer. He has a quality reputation and puts guys in the NFL. Can he take what are mostly Mac/Adams guys (and add Hambright) and mold them into a tough Pac-12 OL?Not unrealistic at all. In fact, I think it's important that they do win that many games. You look at next year - new QB, no Laviska - and a schedule arguably tougher than this year (road games at Texas A&M, USC, Stanford and Washington, and 2020 could interesting. You miss a bowl game this year, and you might be looking at starting the Tucker era with back-to-back losing seasons. That's tough. With this team, you have a senior QB, Shenault and a bunch of talented WRs, a potentially decent OL, solid starting unit on defense and a solidified kicking game. There's potential to go out there and win 6-7-8 games.Do you think its unrealistic for the Buffs to hit the ground running with Mel Tucker and win 6, 7, 8 games? Just wondering if its going to take time ie a season for his philosophy to take hold.He was at times for sure. There were plenty of times he ran too early and I think part of that is being gun-shy after getting hit a few times. He could helped his OL a bit more than he did, but overall, I think poor OL play makes every QB look mediocre to bad. Tom Brady was terrible during the playoff game in Denver a few years ago when he kept getting drilled. So, even the best look bad under pressure like that.To me, Montez was running for his life last year thanks to all the “watch out!” blocks from the Oline sieve. When he has time he’s deadly.I do, because they're adding a veteran piece in Hambright, and the other guys have more experience now. I expect Sherman to be much better (and he was solid for a freshman last year). I think Pursell and Lynott should be better. I'm curious to see who winds up at the second guard spot. But, if that group is healthy, it's going to be OK.Do you feel like the offensive line will take a step forward this year? I'm really curious to see what the running game will look like with the Mel Tucker flavor..Thanks Clay! No, I don't. Hagan isn't going anywhere. Chev does a good job with the receivers and in recruiting. And, Els has done a great job with the inside backers and the players love him. So, no, I think those guys are safe.Hello Brian! Do you think any of the holdover assistant coaches are on the hot seat this year?I think we've seen Montez progress every year, honestly. Last year, I thought he took another step forward early in the year. When things started to go sour and pieces around him weren't intact (injuries at WR, OL not playing well), I think he regressed a bit. But, he's still a young QB. I look at QBs several years into their NFL careers still adjusting and realize we can't expect these guys to be perfect in college. Some are polished in college - very few - and they're usually guys who have blue-chip players all around them. But, to answer your question, I do think we'll see Montez take another step forward this year and be better than we've seen him.It seems like we've been waiting for Montez to put it all together since he got here. Now that he's a fifth year senior, is this when he finally becomes the mature leader we've been hoping for? Or is it just "he is who he is" at this point?They're here already. They've been here a few weeks and getting acclimated, going through the bridge program. they aren't participating in player-run practices, but working out and going to school.When do the incoming freshmen reportDepends on whose radar you're talking about. I don't view Hambright as under the radar because he's expected to come in and start. Nationally, he's under the radar, for sure. Dimitri Stanley is a guy not well known outside of Boulder, but I think he has an impactful year. Jalen Sami is another in that boat. Quinn Perry is a guy that really intrigues me and I think he could be a guy who really surprises.Who do you see as an "under the radar" type guy who will have a big impact this year. Hambright? Jash Allen?Ha! I'm not doing predictions with those. Final score ... I don't know, but I think CU wins going away. I think the game will be pretty much in hand going into the fourth quarter.Good preview of the Rams, but no prediction. What do you see the final RMS score being this year?Hopefully a few more Ws than that!just BEAT the nubsThank you. First off, remember you're comparing MacIntyre's full classes to one that's currently in progress with Tucker. So, there's still time to get this one ranking higher than what we've seen in recent years. But, the way Tucker makes this a reality is by winning. That's the bottom line. They'll go after top kids and they're going to miss on a lot of them right now because, honestly, why would a 5-star pick CU right now unless they have some ties to the school? Get to 6 or 7 wins and a bowl game and they can open some eyes, but still won't be landing top-100 players. To truly get the type of players that Georgia and Alabama gets, CU has to be competing for - and winning - Pac-12 titles. So, it's going to take a while. But, you'll never get there if you don't try, so I applaud him for that.Great article on MT's recruiting philosophy. But, so far, in terms of national ranking, it's not much different on a typical MacIntyre class. How can MT make this recruiting vision a reality?I think at this point, they've already had their time off. There might be a week or so before camp starts that they get to take some time off, but these guys are starting to get locked in now. As far as open practices, we have no idea at this point. My guess - based on spring - is that there won't be many, if at all.Do the players get any tome off before practice starts and do you if any practices will be open to the publicIt's certainly a fine line at times. Sometimes it depends on the coach and thin or thick their skin is. Someone like Tad Boyle gets it and understands there will be criticism at times. I think Tucker gets that, too. Over time, you build a relationship and trust with a coach. They know what things they tell you off the record and know I won't report it - or at least report it with their name on it.Always respected Dan Creedon for many reasons- how do you decide what you can write without jeopardizing your relationship with the HC/program and yet upholding your journalistic candor of honesty and objectivity?Nothing super specific, but they are going well. From what I've heard from several players, the player-run practices are going very well.Any news on how the summer workouts are goingNo other info, but I imagine it's a move being made because of the lack of depth at corner. The Buffs are pretty deep at WR - lots of talented guys that won't even play this year. So, Luckett is likely to be needed more at CB.Looks like Luckett made the switch to CB according to Adam's roster he posted this morning, any more information on that?Welcome everybody to our weekly chat! I hope you all had a great weekend. The Buffs start practice one month from today, which is hard to believe!