SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (Aug. 12, 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 (Aug. 12, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: August 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm | UPDATED: August 12, 2019 at 3:05 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about Colorado Buffaloes sports today at 2 p.m. MT. that will do it for this week everybody. We'll do this again next Monday. Have a great week!If there was a season-ending injury, we might hear about it. I know they've had a few minor injuries and Tucker hasn't mentioned those. Jeremiah Doss was in a walking boot last week. We saw Janaz Jordan and Akil Jones go off the field during the open practice on Aug. 3. Tucker, like a lot of coaches, isn't going to offer up much info on injuries.If anyone has suffered an injury, would you expect to hear about it from coaches or players? Have there been any significant new injuries this camp?I don't know numbers; just know that ticket sales were going well a week ago!Season tickets sold? Any indications of tickets sold for RMShowdown?Certainly that underachievement is what got him fired. No question, MacIntyre should have done more. They should have been in bowls the last two years, in my opinion. But, he did get the program going back in the right direction. I think he could get another HC shot. Not sure it would be Power 5, but FCS or Group of 5.I personally believe that MacIntyre gets more credit than he deserves. I understand the state of the program when he came to Boulder, yet he only had one good season and multiple disappointing seasons where the teams underachieved after they had apparently “arrived” in 2016. Do you think MacIntyre gets another opportunity as a HC? If so, at what level (FCS, Group of 5, Power 5)?Right now, I think the OL (left to right) is Hambright, Kutsch, Pursell, Lynott and Sherman. KOs and Punts ... not sure on that one, but I think we'll see Dimitri Stanley back there. We could see Laviska returning punts.I know depth charts aren't out but who do you project as a starter on the O LINE? Second question- who returns punts and KOsProbably a good move for him. He wasn't going to get any playing time on offense this year - and there's enough young guys in front of him, maybe not next year, either. So, this gives them another veteran guy at a position of need.Hi Brian, what do you make of the JC OL guy that switched to DL? I was wondering why we hadn't heard his name at all so far...When a new coaching staff is starting out, especially, going to any bowl is big because it shows your recruits, your donors, your fan base that you're trending up. It's also a boost for a roster filled with guys who haven't experienced it but would be coming back next year. I don't care if it's the Vegas Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl or whatever. You want a bowl game.I want to go to a bowl as much as the next guy, but what does going 6-6 or 7-5 and playing in the Jake Jabs Bowl in Roosterpoop, Arkansas in front of 15,000 people really do for us. Seems a little anticlimactic to me. Just a “building block” thing??? I remember being at a Barnett Booster lunch years ago and he almost apologized for playing in the Alamo Bowl the year before. That seems like a big time bowl for us now. Sigh...I totally agree with you. I've said a lot this offseason that CU doesn't lose that Oregon State game if Tucker is head coach. And, if you win that game, you likely win at least another. So, yeah, I think Tucker's approach is worth a win or two a year.Call me old (school) but I think leadership starts at the top and I like what I perceive to be HVMT man’s man approach & attitude. I think he truly is an “expert to win” not a “hope to win” guy. I think that might be worth a win or two. As well all know winning is 90% mental half the time !I like Tucker, as well. Certainly different from Mac! At TE, I don't expect much from Poplawski this year. He's been injured so much, I think he's got a ways to go. I think Harris, Russell and Jones are the top 3. They really like Bisharat's hands, but he's got to settle into the position.Really impressed by Tucker’s post practice comments! A night and day difference regarding the level of insight and the amount he is willing to share. Tucker appears to not only have a high level of knowledge, but also a quiet confidence that is very likeable.I thought it was interesting when he was asked about the TE’s today and he indicated they have 3-4 guys he sounded confident playing. Do you think that means that Poplowski and Bisharat likely won’t get much playing time at the TE position this year?I think if he has the same type of year this year, they'll have to come up with some money for him. I think Phillip could definitely be a coach someday. He's great with kids and coaching runs in his family. His uncle, father, sister have all been coaches.When can Phillip Lindsay get the big payday he deserves? If he's having another stellar seasion this year do you think Elway shows him the money and gives him a longer deal to keep him happy and reward him? Hope that guy makes the money he deserves as you only have so long in the league.Is Lindsay a future coach someday?Sounds like they are getting in the mix a bit. Quinn Perry had appendicitis (I think) and got a slow start, but I've heard his name mentioned a few times recently. Jash Allen, I've had a couple players mention him, too.How are the new JC lb's competingit's bigger than we've seen in the past. maybe not USC and Washington big, but these guys are getting there.Does this team pass the "pac12 team" eye test or look a bit smaller than most like we have in the not too distant past?Not a bad choicefirst play bomb to brown who will be one on oneI'm pretty confident in that game. I don't think the Rams are very good. I'd give the Buffs maybe a 75 percent chance to win that game and I think they win by 10-plus. Maybe 34-21?How confident are you about the Rocky Mountain Showdown. What percent chance to you see us winning the game? Also, what would you predict the final score being?I'm not totally sure about his recruiting history, but I know some schools wanted him as a DB. CU brought him here mostly as a WR but knew he could play DB. I haven't talked to him about it, but Tucker said he would not have made the switch if Luckett didn't want to.Was Luckett recruited as much as a db by most schools as a WR? I assume we put him at WR initially because he's a better WR than DB, and not just based on his (assumed) preference to play offense? How much potential does he have at DB versus WR? How does he feel about it?On offense, Jaren Mangham. On defense, Jalen Sami.Which player on both sides of the ball are you most excited to see play that you didn't see last year?Often, it's what you said, being out of position or just not having good leverage against veteran OL. DBs, a lot of it, I think, is finishing plays. Most of those guys can run and stick with receivers, but they can prevent the catch?What kinds of things typically trip up a young and inexperienced D-line? Getting out of position by the O-line fooling/baiting them or beaten on technique a lot? What about young DBs - play action or lack of communication in the secondary or play recognition/formations...?I think that's very generous for Nebraska. Maybe I'm just way off on my thinking about Nebraska, but I don't understand why all the magazines have them top 25 and why so many are picking them to win their division. I know they played better down the stretch last year, but two of the wins were against Bethune-Cookman and Illinois. They were 0-5 outside of Lincoln and have lost 7 road games in a row. I think Frost is the real deal and I like Martinez, but I'm not sold on them being THAT MUCH better than last year. They also had a bad defense last year. So, I think 9 points is very generous. Huskers host South Alabama before coming here.right now the cobs are a 9 point favorite. How do feel about that and who do they play before us?I highly doubt it. If there's ONE game on the schedule I label as a sure loss, it's at Oregon. We'll see what those teams look like on that day, but right now, I'd be stunned if CU won that game.Montez, 2-0 record at Eugene?Not sure, since I wasn't paying that close attention to his mini-camps. But, he was a bit fragile at CU. He had some concussion issues. I don't know if he physically wasn't up to the task or not.What do you think Worthington lacked that got him pink slipped so soon? I feel bad for the guy as I know he has a kid and a few years of paydays in the NFL could have set him up nicely.I think those grades are fair at this point. I might put the TEs at C. DL and LBs, as a whole, should maybe be Cs because there are so many unknowns. B- definitely too high for the DL group as a whole. ST, I'd maybe put as an A.Hi Brian, I wanted to see how you felt about our position group grades. Here is my breakdown: QB: B+ RB: C (potential) WR: A+ TE: D (untested) OL: C DL: B- LB: B DB: C+ ST: B. Is there anything you'd changed?That's my understanding. I believe that one decision may have cost CU a bowl game in 2017. It wasn't the ONLY thing, but I think if you change that one thing, the Buffs go to a bowl. Of course, I also think if Fields catches that wide-open deep pass at ASU, the Buffs win that game and go to a bowl.I'm still stumped that Shenault didn't play much as a freshman considering his talent. Was it MM being loyal to the seniors.I haven't seen much because we can't watch practice, but I think we're going to see both. If the line blocks it well, the RB can get a nice run in either scenario.From what you've seen, is the O going to handoff to RBs from the shotgun or under center? I hate the shotgun handoff, unless it's a QB option keeper as well, because I feel like running backs can't build up and steam or speed as opposed to off under center. I feel like that shotgun handoff already traps the RB in the backfield too often and let's the D-line have a couple of seconds to penetrate the backfield.What have you seen and which do you prefer?Hmm, good question. There are a lot of pivotal games. Biggest single game might be Oregon at Washington, but the most pivotal day might be Nov. 2 - Oregon at USC and Utah at Washington.Biggest Pac12 game of the year, Oregon at Washington?Right now, Jon Van Diest at inside and maybe Alex Tchangam at outside.After Nate L and Carson Wells, who in your opinion would be the best two options at LB.No worries!sorry about the repetition Brian. I thought the first question was deleted before it went throughI think we'll see more 2 TE sets for sure. Defensively, a lot of moving around and aggressive play.From the conversations you have had with everyone and the limited practices you have been able to watch can you say if there will be one big change on offense and defense from a scheme perspective? i.e. lots of 2 tight end sets, lots of motion, etc. On defense more zone defense, lots of blitzing press coverage?that would be great for this team. If they can get around 2,000, I think that's solid. they had 1,716 last year, so adding another 25-30 per game would get you to 2,000.how many rushing yards total ? I'm going say 2100I'm sure he will redshirt, but yes, we can ask him that. I haven't heard his name at all this camp.I was curious as to how the Austrian kid is doing (Valentin?) I know chances are he will RS but maybe you could ask at Mel's next after practice Q&A?Depends on where that play is. But, yeah, I'd think it's probably a run.What is the first play on offense the Buffs run this season? Something to make a statement that it's a new era? If so, I would guess that would be a boring run up the middle instead of trying to launch a bomb to Laviska. What's our first play of the Tucker era on O?Sounds like they are letting things play out. Gotta remember, innocent until proven guilty! I know our society often thinks differently, but ... I think Nebraska will let it play out.Is Frost going to man up and suspend their star RB or pull an FSU/Ohio State/Auburn and let things drag out until the season is over then find cause to suspend him once they milk all the on the field benefits from him?We'll see how the Tucker Buffs work out! Thank you!The schedule is brutal, but these aren't your gardening hat m-m Buffs you knew for the last seven years. These are HCMT-Buffs. Welp as the young bird cries, and the devil dies and the dog howls and the bear moans, and the rubbers melt, and the kitties wail, and the Indians fail, and the nocats crash and the geese freeze and the kornholers krap, those teams be falling into a Buffalo Trap. Now ya see em now ya don’tThe return of the Mighty Buffalo.So Brian I do like your little podcasts.Yes, I do. They want fresh legs throughout the game. I expect to see Mustafa, Sami and Lang take most of the snaps, but I think we'll see those others getting in the mix.We already know what Mustafa Johnson can do, but if Lang & Sami are as good as advertised do you think that Tucker will still want to rotate 8 or 9 guys? Just seems like a lot of players and that you want your line to get into the flow of a game.Interesting question. I've never really thought about it in those terms. But, I agree that MacIntyre had the most positive impact. All in all, I'd call Mac's tenure a success because he did get the program turned in the right direction. Overall, I'd probably rank them the same way you did. Hawkins wasn't a disaster. He did get to a bowl and his teams were competitive, but he also had plenty of faults. Embree's tenure was a disaster, but I think some of that was out of his control.I know they all did some positive things, but if you had to rank the last three CU head coaches and which set us back the most, regardless of circumstances out of their control or admin decisions (like giving Hawkins a 5th year, etc.), how would you rank them from most damaging to least: Hawkins, Embree, MacIntyre?I would rank them as Embree, Hawkins then MacIntyre with Mac having the most positive impact. Hawkins really started our huge descent but I think Embree was a total disaster on many levels and really sent us into the abyss.As I said earlier, I'm not sure it's different. Just feels different. Part of it is that this staff doesn't know team so they have to give everyone a shot. But, you're right, it does help morale.Sounds like everyone on the roster is getting a true shot and a good look. Not only good for depth but for morale throughout the ranks. This seems different than the the last 2 coaches.Thanks! Rick George recently said ticket sales are going very well. I would think Nebraska is a sell-out, but I'm guessing we'll see a good chunk of red that day. You don't like the recruit pictures! Not sure how those started, but they do seem to be the norm when guys go on visits.Hey Brian. Loving your daily recap vidoes! And HCMT sure seems like the real deal. Couple questions; how are season ticket sales? We're coming to Nebraska game, I'm thinking sell out for sure but would love it to be 99% Buff fans. Also, following recruiting, what's the deal when every recruit picture has one of our coaches pointing at him?Just one practice, though. I don't put too much stock in that. Montez has never looked great in those practices, but he typically plays well. He's not a high-INT passer. Also, it's practice, and that's the time for a QB to maybe try something new. We also don't know if what we're watching is something that was just installed.I went to the scrimmage Sat before last, and I didn't think Montez looked sharp. He seem like he tries to force the ball into coverage still.In the shotgun, it can allow you to move the ball quicker since the QB is already dropped back into position to throw. It also gives you a bit more time to throw. Under center opens up a few more things, such as play-action.Generally, what are the primary advantages/disadvantages of being under center versus in the shotgun?