Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (July 22, 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 22, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: July 22, 2019 at 9:48 am | UPDATED: July 22, 2019 at 1:09 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. I'll be back next week as we get ever closer to fall camp! Have a great week!I enjoyed the trip to Lincoln. It was fun driving to the game rather than flying, actually. It'll be a fun game in Boulder this year!I thoroughly enjoyed Lincoln. Great scene before and after the game and I encouraged most fans to be thankful they at least scored 28. Which they were. They said it was fun just to be “in” a game and have their team try hardJust looked at a quick video about it, and the campaign is clever. They recognize the perception of the state, while pointing out some things that go against that perception. Clever idea. Regardless, I think Husker fans are excited about their team.I actually like the corn cob TV ads. They always pick some quirky but cute people to be in them and when they say it aint for everyone they are at least being honest ;)The actual motto is “Nebraska. Honestly it’s not for everyone, but in theory it could be for someone. Maybe. Some day. Awww. Never mind.”I haven't seen the ads, so it's hard for me to comment. But, I do think Nebraska fans are confident in their team.Brian have you seen these tv ads that the Nebraska department of tourism has been running lately, where they always end with the tagline: "Nebraska - Honestly it's not for everyone". Does that sound like a fan base that has a lot of confidence in its football team?I do think there are a lot of coaches in big programs who would take a wait and see approach. Washington is supposed to have another hearing this week, so we'll see how long it takes to play out.seeing how it plays out with Washington is a simply allowing any good attorney to easily postpone any court proceedings until the season is well over. Do you really think the vast majority of other head coaches would put up with his alleged behavior?He does, and he looks bigger to me now than over the winter. I really hope he stays healthy, because he's going to be fun to watch.I shook lavishkas hand once and it was like shaking hands with a grizzly bear He has huge, strong, meaty paws!There are a lot of coaches who will sit back and wait to see what happens, though, especially on a player that talented.Frost already has shown he’s going to be lax on rules.The narrative that they heard there might be criminal charges but didn’t investigate further as he played last fall is ridiculous.Frost is a control freak on everything, but that?Gimme a break!He’s either negligent or lying.I agree. I think Montez has the potential for a big, big year.provided the OL shows some credible improvement and the fans wont be able to predict the next play 3/4ths of the time, I expect Montez to have a great year. Having a respectable running game and/or 3 or 4 seconds to make reads ought to help a lotI think it's possible he would. In my opinion, if he gets CU to be a consistent winner - not a one-hit wonder like in 2016 - but annual bowl games and competitive in the South - he's going to be a hot commodity in the coaching world. With his ties to programs like Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin - programs with much deeper pockets than CU - it could be tough to keep him.It sounds like if Tucker gets the football program up again, you think he will go to greener pastures elsewhere. It that because you don't think the Regents will pay to keep him hereWe won't know until the season goes along, but there will be at least two, as they have two Friday night games.How many "Pac 12 after dark games this season??I've only seen a handful of players this offseason, one of them being Laviska, and that guy is a MONSTER. We all know that, but you see him without pads on and you'd be shocked he's a receiver, compared to the guys we've seen around here. He looks bigger to me. Another is Nate Landman and he looks a lot more like a man than he did just last year.There's been a lot of talk about Tucker wanting his guys big and S&C spending the offseason bulking them up, especially the OL. Have you been around any of the players recently and seen a noticeable difference in size?Yes, that's the guy. Frost said the other day that they're going to "wait and see" how it plays out with Washington.Isn't Washington the cob RB who as passing around videos of his past girl friend having sex? Why is he still on the team? Is Frost carrying on the Osborne tradition of coddling criminals?Only assistant coaches are allowed to go out on the recruiting trail. CU has a pretty solid recruiting department right now, so I doubt we'd see Cabral involved that way. I'm not sure he would want to, actually. Last time I talked with him - several months ago - he's become pretty passionate about what he's doing with Buffs4Life and working on mental health with people.With the return of Brian Cabral to the CU program could his role be expanded to include recruiting or is there some rule that limits the number of staff/assistant coaches that are permitted to do that?Really, you're talking about one guy with 5 career catches (Russell) and one guy with four (Jalen Harris), so it's not either one has had huge production. I think Harris is being listed as the favorite because he was brought in by Tucker, and he fits the TE mold that Tucker seems to want. He's also a fifth-year senior, and Tucker brought him here for a reason. So, we all expect Harris to play a lot and probably start, as a one-year player here. But both will play a lot.We have a tight end transfer from I think, Auburn. Every article I read about him has him the favorite to be on top of the depth chart even though it sounds like he only caught a handful of passes before he got here.I'm sure he was highly rated coming out of high school but why isnt Russell favored right now to be the number one guy? He at least has some receiving success.There are a few changes to the rule book this year, including two-man wedge no longer allowed on kickoff returns, and a change in the OT format (after 4 OT, teams start at the 3 and get one chance to score). They're also always tweaking how they do targeting.Are there any new rules this year? Anything new that is subject to video review?Maybe, but just studying a guy doesn't necessarily mean they will stop him. Martinez is really talented. He got better as last year went along, even with teams having more film on him.We have to remember big 20 coaches have had a year to study Martinez's TendenciesHe throws better deep in pocket and on the run for instance He runs when there’s isn’t a spy linebacker. EtcI suspect he will have some tough sledding this year in some games while he learns to fill out his own arsenal of skillsThey like to be very multiple and I think it'll look a bit different week to week, based on matchups. Tucker said he likes to do whatever it takes to beat that team. It's what has made the Patriots so successful over the years. They are run heavy some games and pass heavy in others. I think we'll see that from CU. But, I do think they want the run game to be a foundation part of the offense. Tucker and Jay Johnson would love to be able to rate Fontenot, Mangham, Smith, etc., and just wear people down that way.What kind of offense will the new OC run? With depth at WR, will it be pass heavy? Or will we move toward a power running game with Mangham?I agree, although the Buffs' schedule is filled for the next decade. So, by the time they would add schools like that, Tucker probably won't be here anyway.Since MT is recruiting down here, would be nice to see Buffs add some SEC Pre season games. We’ve got A@M and Glorida coming up, Georgia likes to add other D1’s and Smart wants that. Add USC and LSU down the road and it’s a nice blanket of recruiting areasI can understand that. Purely from the perspective of enjoying the sport, though, I'll miss it.I, for one, am glad there will be no RMS! You get tickets for free, while season tickets holders have to pay a premium for junk seating and are forced to go when CU is the away team.I agree with you on that game being one that could set the tone. It is crazy, though, to see Nebraska almost unanimously picked to win its division after a poor season last year. But, aside from Frost and Martinez, they've got a solid WR in JD Spielman, they are fairly deep at RB. They're bringing in a JUCO transfer - Dedrick Mills - who led Georgia Tech in rushing as a true freshman in 2016. If they also have Maurice Washington, they'll have a really good duo there. Defensively, the Huskers were not good last year and only return five starters. I think it's an OK defense, but nothing special. In my opinion, the Nebraska hype is almost all because of believe in Frost and the potential of Martinez at QB.I see the Nebraska game as one that may define the rest of the season. All the writers are showing them a lot of love pretty much based on the coach, QB and that loss at Ohio State. Other than the coach and QB who else is on their team that's dangerous and what do you give the Buff's chances?Thank you! And, any time!Awesome. I appreciate your insight and work! Thank you for your timeThat's what fans gotta do these days!! haha!Nice stalking skills Buff Bob !!DB, their depth is super thin. Going in, I do like Abrams/Miller/Blackmon at corner, but the only other options are true freshmen. At safety, I like the potential of Maddox, Perry and Onu, but there are lots of question marks behind them (and even with them). O-Line, I think they're developing some depth, especially in the interior. There are several guys that I think could wind up being pretty good players. I think there are good players on the OL who won't play because there's no room.With a heavily loaded second half of the season, health will be critical, how deep is the team in key positions such as OL, DB? Any other key positions to keep an eye on?Right now, we are tentatively scheduled to watch one practice.Is the press going to be able to view any fall practices?Yes and no. I think it's a fun game to start the season with and the atmosphere is usually pretty good. But, with neither team being very good in recent years, the game hasn't had as much as appeal. I think it's good to get it back on campus - at least in those years they actually play it. I'll miss the RMS in general after next year. I realize CU fans hate that game, but I think it's a fun game every year.Will you miss the RMS being in Denver?I don't know if he's here yet, but he's on the roster. Listed as No. 71.Did Valentin Senn make it? Don't see him on the roster, and he still lists Austria as his current location on his Twitter profile.No question, if they struggle this year, you've got to look at him potentially getting fired. He followed three mediocre seasons with a bad year last year. This year doesn't look too promising either. Miss a bowl game again and I think he's in jeopardy.Will this be Bobo's last year in Ft. Collins? Seems like they're heading downhill.Certainly what they've done at CU with Tucker has generated some excitement.Smart move indeed. I am beyond excited for the season.No question is calculated. With bringing in a new coach, CU wanted to market that excitement everywhere, and they've done that. Tucker has a good personality for doing all those appearances and they've taken him EVERYWHERE. You'll see that really reduced moving forward (at least until the next offseason), but certainly CU wanted to get his name out there and get CU out there.Hey Brian, my friend and i were discussing how Coach Tucker is hammering down, i'm sure the athletic departments PR as well, on making his presence known in the community and surrounding areas i.e alumni events, appearances at Broncos camp, Nuggets games, etc. is that something they focused on when changing the culture of CU Football in boulder and statewide? We love seeing thatPossibly. Less of a chance than Viska, of course. I think the top player on D to worry about leaving early is Mustafa JohnsonIt seems clear that, barring injury, this will be Viska's last year in Boulder. What about Landman? Is there a chance he goes after this year too?That is very true. Buffs need a few OLBs and DL to step up and get that done. I'm excited to see Carson Wells a year older, though.To that end, nothing makes the back end of the D look better than pressure from the frontYou can't get him if you don't offer!Good article (can’t remember where) on Colorado having a ton of offers outEvidently the SEC strategy is if you like a player then offerEx sEC coaches Cristobal and Tucker have over 560 offers out for 2020! Wowser!No doubt. If that group doesn't play well, imagine how excited Mike Leach will be to see the Buffs come to Pullman!Going to be pretty tempting for teams to have 4-5 receivers spread out against us and just wear us down throwing slangs and quick outsMy kingdom for some db’s!I think it would have been an interesting situation had he come here. Curious to see how his past would gone over with the players here at CU. But, I don't mind CU giving a guy another chance. You're right, though, it's a shame he blew it before he ever really got the change. At this point forget football; just get life together and be a good citizen.Shame that Santino Marchiol can't get his life together. He's blown a number of opportunities now. I admire the staff for giving him (another) chance. Hopefully he gets help to deal with whatever it is he's going through.In part, yes, With that early signing period, players are wanting to lock up sports early. I would guess they wind up signing around 20 players by the time the class is done.I believe there are 14 scholarship seniors on the team and we already have 15 commits. I don't recall having this many commits so early, is this due to the early signing period?There are so many to choose from - RBs, OL, DL, DBs. But, I think DB is possibly the most important group to watch. I don't worry too much about the RBs and OL. Starting DL I think is pretty good. But, the DBs, there are so many question marks. I like the potential at CB with Abrams, Miller and Blackmon, but it's potential right now. Same with Maddox and Perry and Onu at safety. Those groups COULD wind up being pretty good, but we just don't know right now.What position or group are you most interested in seeing/monitoring once camp opens and why?It's hard to really know for sure until they get established, but my guess is that this is really just a gap filler at this point. There were a lot of gaps to fill and the easiest way to do it is with experienced players. I think Tucker will always utilize transfers, but maybe not so much as time goes on. By year 3, I would think the number will be down.There seem to be quite a bit of incoming transfers under this new staff so far. Is that just a matter of filling the gaps until they can establish relationships with high schools/coaches or is this going to be the standard going forward?I get your point. I don't mind players doing that. They've got a very small window to play - possibly for the last time in their lives. If they love the game and want to play and don't see the opportunity at their current school, I don't blame them at all. As for Thomas, I have never talked to him, so I don't know if there is more to it than that. Either way, it's an intriguing addition to the 2020 class.