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Buffs Won't Go To Denver Wearing Generic Helmets

Aug 17, 2010

BOULDER - Fall camp continues with the Colorado Buffaloes sporting generic gold helmets. But coach Dan Hawkins said Tuesday that by the end of camp, deserving players will be wearing helmets featuring traditional CU logos.

He didn't specify what it might take to "earn their Buffs," as he put it shortly after camp began, but noted, "We'll take a look at that at the end there . . . it'll be a staff consensus deal."

However, Hawkins also said that the entire squad's helmets will feature the Buffs logo for the Sept. 4 opener against Colorado State in Denver's Invesco Field.

Hawkins indicated a preference for staying with helmets that don't have logos for practice: "We didn't have them on our helmets at Boise (State) until we got to the games . . . part of me kind of likes that practice look (no logos) anyway."

IN FOR THE SHORT HAUL: Junior tailback Rodney "Speedy" Stewart spent Tuesday morning's practice on wheelbarrow duty - normally a rehabilitative chore, but on occasion a punitive one as well.

Asked if Stewart was "banged up," Hawkins answered, "His alarm clock's banged up . . . we have taken the scholarship away from his alarm clock and sent his alarm clock home."

Being tardy for Tuesday morning's meetings was one of Stewart's few - maybe the only - camp miscues. He's been practicing well, Hawkins said: "He's been good . . . very explosive."

SETTING THE STARTERS (OR NOT): The Buffs will have a game-condition scrimmage on Thursday. It will be their next-to-last major scrimmage before the Sept. 4 opener against Colorado State.

Hawkins was asked if he would like to have most starting personnel set coming out of that scrimmage. His answer: "Yeah, but again . . . you know we kind of do things. I'm a guy who's looking at contributors. So it's more of what's the role we can get this guy to play and kind of find the spot he does things well.

"I'm just not in the mind-set of we've got 11 spots and everybody lines up behind those 11 letters, because it depends on what the down and distance is and the personnel and all those kinds of things . . . . I just love to see who's going to be a contributor."

BUFF BITS: Players will vote on the 2010 captains on Sunday. Last season's captains were seniors Marcus Burton and Jeff Smart, both linebackers, and tight end Riar Geer . . . . The kicking game is "making strides," Hawkins said. "If you make nine out of 10, I'm wondering how you can get the tenth. We just have to keep moving in that direction." He said punter Zach Grossnickle is "doing a nice job. Again, sometimes it's a consistency thing, but he'd doing better. His overall hang-time and get-offs have been strong." Competing with senior Aric Goodman for the placement job are freshmen Justin Castor and Dillan Freiberg and junior Marcus Kirkwood. Walk-on Sean Minett is scheduled to begin practicing when fall classes start on Monday . . . . With receiver being a position that underwent a considerable upgrade this month, keep an eye on Kyle Cefalo, a 2009 transfer (Oregon State, Wenatchee CC) who continues to show well in camp. Hawkins called him "crafty, quick-footed and a lot faster than people think . . . a smart guy and a baller. He's a guy who can turn a four-yard hitch into an eight-yard play. He's going to turn and get up the field. He's tough, too." . . . . Hawkins calls defensive tackles Will Pericak and Curtis Cunningham, both returning starters, "models of consistency." . . . . Offensive left tackle Jack Harris, a redshirt freshman from Parker (Chaparral), suffered a shoulder sprain on Monday.