SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Nov. 18, 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 (Nov. 18, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: November 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm | UPDATED: November 18, 2019 at 3:03 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports. That will do it for this week everybody! Thanks for the great comments and questions. Sorry for the hiccup in the middle! We'll do this again next Monday and I think Pat Rooney will have a hoops chat later on this week!Thanks! No, I'm not because usually talent follows talent. Get a big name and usually a few other good ones will follow. There's still a month to go before signing day, though, so a lot could happenthanks for the chats and stuff, B! Are you surprised that this recruit class is gaining so much momentum?There could be, but there's really not a lot of wet weather games they play. They do practice outside some in the elements, so it's not like they haven't done it.Do you think there is a downside to holding practices in the IPF when the weather is cold and/or wet outside? Just seems like players may not be as mentally tough when forced to play in conditions like they faced against WSU.Not a major one, at least right now. I think he's still getting his game legs under him. But, I like Pursell and I think it'll make a difference having him healthy all of 2020.did you detect a difference in Oline with Pursell in the game?Coates was in Eugene this past weekend, so it's definitely possible he flipsAhhhhh Snap Tucker is flipping people!!! 4 star Gonzlaez is BUFF BOUND!!! I keep seeing Coates might flip to Oregon?I don't think so. Maybe an extra practice here and there, but not many.Do you think it is likely that Tucker may decide to grant more access to watching Spring practices to the media? I’m okay with limiting fan access (Especially in the Fall...too many variables), but I’d really like to see CU permit media to attend.I do. Or, I at least think they SHOULD make the CFP. Oregon will have a better shot because it played Auburn. But, I think the SEC isn't done beating each other up a bit and I see only one team from there making it, along with Clemson and Ohio State. If the Pac-12 champ is 12-1, I'd put them in there, as well.DO you think the Pac12 champ will make the CFP?I've said all along that I think Oregon is the most complete team, so I'll stick with that. But, Utah looks really, really, really good right now. I think it'll be a great game.Whose your favorite when Oregon and Utah play for the Pac12 championship?I actually set the wrong time for it to end. Sorry!What happened to the chat? It went dead. Did you knock your coffee onto your keyboard or did your cat walk across it or something?Not sure the back story on that, but I would imagine Clayton committing had something to do with it. Going into the fall, I was under the impression CU wasn't going to take any RBs, so when they had two I was surprised. CU might have decided to go with Clayton over Sneed and stick to one.Just saw RB Sneed decommitted. Would you assume that's related to Clayton committing or did CU give him the wink wink and really stop wooing him because they knew Clayton was coming aboard? Too bad either way he had a lot of impressive offers.I think a lot of CU people would be in favor of that.Re: the night games, try living on the east coast! haha Seriously, though, they should consider the morning slot, at least for the mountain teams. I remember several of the CU-NU games starting at 10 AM local.Not just Oregon, but there's a LOT of money at Alabama, A&M, Texas, Michigan and other schools. That's why it's hard to know for sure what it's going to look like because there has to be some regulation to it. ... and yes, good point on attendance. It's been pretty solid most of the yearA couple of notes on prior comments. Attendance has been really good this year. 101% capacity is about as good as it gets. I think the new energy and attitude helps as well as the quality of the opponents. Also I am fearful of the image/likeness thing. How can any school compete with Nike university? No car dealer is going to appeal to a HS kid like the local business in Eugene. If not well regulated HS kids will be free agents for the highest bidder, and that bidder will be Oregon.They have until Jan. 24When do players with remaining eligibility need to declare their intention to enter the NFL draft?On that play, it appears it was deflected and someone involved with the team told me it was deflected. Because KD stopped in that spot to catch the ball, he didn't have time to recover and get it. I don't think he really did anything wrong on that play - even though it looked weird. I don't know if he's lost focus. Just a couple games ago, he caught two TD passes. i think he's been up and down this yearBrian, thanks for these chats.about the goal line pass intended for KD: it was deflected, right?, but was it also within KD's reach? it was hard to see from my seat or the replays. KD seems to have lost some focus lately, is that fair?Yes, he's play in six games this year.Haven't heard much about Doss, has he played in too many games to red-shirtI don't know exactly because I'm not sure how the Buffs are going to work the numbers. There's so many rules involved with that, but I would imagine they'll wind up with close to the 25With 20 scholarship offers accepted, how many open spots remain?I think a lot of it is hand placement, and if you're a lineman, keeping your hands inside the shoulders of the opponent. Once those hands get outside of the shoulders, it's harder to block and leads to a lot of holding penalties.I imagine offensive lineman grab jerseys on every play but get called for holding infrequently. What do coaches teach the lineman to avoid holding calls?Sorry everybody - a technical difficult, but you should be able to post some questions againI'll be there, as well! (but not adding to the crowd noise)Dear Buffs fans complaining about the 8PM start time- just go to the game! We have 6 home games per year. If you're a fan, go support the seniors. Crowd noise motivates the team. I'll be there!A lot of factors are going to hurt attendance for this game, including the time. CU's record doesn't help. Neither does the fact that it's the start of the Thanksgiving holiday. Student section will be light (although those tickets are already sold, the atmosphere won't be the same without them) and I imagine some families that might have come to the game will be heading out of town. It'll be over 40K, but I would guess it's less than 45K and winds up being the lowest attended game of the yearHow bad will the 8:00pm. Wash. game hurt attendance? Will we get 35K? Over/UnderHe has not played, but I think he could be a factor next year if he can stay healthy and keep improving.Has Jared Poplawski (sp?) played at all this year? I know he had been injured, but looking at the depth chart next year we will have Brady Russel and then a Rs Fr in Stilwell, and true Freshman in Fauria. Just wondering if Poplawski will be a factor in the future or if he is a transfer candidate.I was there, and it was a good time just getting a chance to relax and enjoy a meal with him and the other writers. It was a small group and we just chatted football, life and hunting over some pasta!Did you attend the media luncheon with Tucker last week? Really impressed by the working partnership he is proactively building and respect he shows the media. Just another example of Tucker “getting it” in many more ways than MacIntyre. I realize that lunch was off the record, but are there any high level takeaways you can share without getting into specifics?I like the traditional look. I also like the black helmets, gray jerseys, black pantsYou have a favorite uniform combo? I'm glad the grey uni's are going the way of the dinosaur. White helmets should too.I think it's possible, but I also think that's one of the factors that needs to be sorted out before the new legislation is implemented.How do you think the court ruling that athletes can benefit from their likeness affect the game? Do you think we'll soon see schools offer top recruits support for marketing themselves or local businesses will be able to dangle endorsement deals to help get recruits to commit to a school in their area? For example, could we see the day where a local car dealership would offer a Laviska Shenault type or an Antonio Alfano money for a TV commercial as incentive to come to CU or things like this?I agree with you. They've hit a few in the past and the best play of the year was a deep ball to KD, but in general, I'd much rather see the deep passes going to Viska, Brown, Arias or even StanleyWhy do we continue to throw deep balls to KD? Love KD but this doesn't seem to work very well in our offenseThank you! Next one will be posted later today!Your Monday rewinds have been excellent. Insightful and well thought out.I didn't watch the full game, but I've seen them play and they are really, really good. It's too early for me to predict the score of the next week's game, but I don't think it'll be close.Utah looked fantastic and like a very complete team against UCLA. Did you watch that game? I don't think we have a prayer against them unless they happen to turn the ball over to us a ton. What do you think the score of that game is?I agree. it's not a great Washington team, and I could see them overlooking this game with the Apple Cup six days later.Washington is an interesting team. To me they are kind of like USC. Lots of individual talent, but not putting it all together. And maybe a little bit of USC style entitlement. I think a good game plan could result in a win. Last year was close. I think this year UW loses it more than CU wins it.I get that, but he's also one of their best players on special teams and they value that a lot, too. So, I don't think they view it as wasting a year. He still has two years to make a big impact as a receiver.I wasn't suggesting Arias should be playing over the other guys you mentioned, just that if he's not going to play a lot you might as well preserve the year for a guy who seems to have a ton of potential.It's actually the 7th night game overall - but yes, third at home. I get the frustration, but money is the main influence. I think it's something that has been talked about and they'll work on it, but I do think night games are here to stayI know the scheduling of the Washington game is beyond CU’s control but for someone like myself who has two young kids who love going to day games in Boulder, it’s really frustrating. Counting CSU, this is the third night game of the season. When negotiating their deal with ESPN, I wish the Pac 12 had placed a limit on the # of home night games teams could play each season. Do you think anything will change when the new tv contract is negotiated?I'd give this season a passing grade, but not a great grade. I think expectations internally were to get to a bowl game and that's not likely to happen - and it's not likely to happen because they blew three games at home. That's disappointing.I told myself going in that if CU beat CSU and Nebraska this season would be a success. I still feel it is a success with a first year coach and the progress that Tucker appears to be making, but would you deem this year a success for Tucker?By the way, fans, Christian Gonzalez just committedI would bet it's a very low priority for them. Matchups is the main considerationDo you know if the TV networks take weather into consideration at all for November games when determining time slots? Obviously can impact the fan experience scheduling an 8pm November game in Colorado versus in CA or AZ. I doubt they do, but lots of fans complaining about the game time on Saturday! And, I’ll definitely be there in my seats cheering on the Buffs!Depends on who the transfer is and what skill-set he has. Lewis is a dual threat, but more of a pass-first QB. I think Tucker will always want the identity be to run the ball.Does the offensive identity on this team change next year if someone like Lewis is at the helm? If we get a transfer or stick with Lytle does it look the same as it did this year?No question. they need to get better there over last year.Re: basketall, Maddox Daniels has looked good early. He's hitting some threes. It would be great if he turns into a dangerous perimeter shooterI've got a 50/50 shot of being right. The options are 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. My guess is that ABC takes the Stanford vs. Notre Dame game for the 5:30 slot, which leaves CU-Utah at 2 p.m.What's your prediction on game time vs. Utah?CAN? Sure. Anything CAN happen. I think there's a much better shot at beating Washington. Right now, looking at everything as it stands, I think CU has about as much of a chance at Utah as UCLA did last week.Can we beat Washington and Utah? Will we?I'm not sure the timeline on an announcement for his 2020 status. He won't officially be a Buff until he enrolls in January.How soon until we'll hear about Alfano's status for next season? When does he have to officially "commit"Arias has played in every game, so no, he can't redshirt. Difference between Arias this year and Shenault in 2016 is that it was pretty obvious to a lot of people that Shenault was something special and should have been on the field. I love Arias' talent and ability, but I don't think he deserves to be playing over Shenault or Tony Brown or even KD Nixon at times.Has Arias played in four games or is there any chance they can redshirt him this year still? They might as well given how little they've used him. Feels like the lost year of 2016 for Laviska for Arias.