April 24, 2006

Breaking down the offense

Dan Hawkins opened up competition at every position this spring, making it no time for established starters to coast and giving hope to every reserve in the program. Some, like Stephone Robinson and Samson Jagoras shined, while others once again found themselves towards the bottom of the depth chart. BuffStampede.com takes a final look back at Colorado's 2006 spring practices, with a position-by-position review.

Quarterback

Analysis: The quarterback battle is no more clear after spring ball. Brian White and Bernard Jackson both played to their strengths this spring. White led the team in passing yards in each of the three scrimmages, throwing for 283 total yards and one touchdown without throwing a pick. Jackson had a team-high 134 yards on the ground during the three spring scrums. James Cox's chances of replacing Joel Klatt behind center took a serious hit this spring. The senior-to-be was sidelined for most of spring ball with an injured thumb.

Projected Starter: Brian White, junior

Running back

Analysis The continued emergence of Mell Holliday was the big story of the spring at running back. But Hugh Charles is not in danger of losing the starting nod at tailback. After tallying 1,089 yards of total offense as a sophomore, Charles is looking for even bigger things in 2006. "Hugh's abilities are really going to shine when we are really able to game plan," Hawkins expressed. "Because we can do a lot of funky stuff with him to get him the ball in a variety of situations, do different things formationally."

Projected Starter: Hugh Charles, junior

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