Buffs report for camp

Colorado football players are putting summertime behind them as they report for fall camp today with the first practice scheduled for Thursday evening. The Buffs will soon begin their efforts in turning around a program now under the new leadership of first-year coach Jon Embree.

The first 18 practices of camp are open to the public, which should provide plenty of opportunity to get to know a slew of new players added to the program in the offseason.

Camp opens Thursday evening with a three-hour session planned from 5:30 to 8:30 on the lower practice fields the Buffs have called home for decades.

While there are plenty of questions at the outset of camp such as who the starting cornerbacks, center and punter will be, the question traditionally on the minds of fans at this time of year already has been settled. Who will be the starting quarterback in Boulder this season? Tyler Hansen won the job with a strong showing in the spring.

In the coming days and weeks, fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at true freshmen such as 6-foot-8 defensive lineman Stephane Nembot and fellow defensive end Juda Parker. Linebackers Will Harlos, KT Tuumalo, Brady Daigh and Woodson Greer debut.

Colorado landed an impressive pair of offensive linemen in the 2011 recruiting cycle. Can Marc Mustoe or Paulay Asiata push for immediate playing time somewhere?

Several freshmen will compete at running back and could emerge as a contender for playing time behind seniors Rodney Stewart and Brian Lockridge and Tony Jones.

Malcolm Creer is the favorite but don't count out the speedy D.D. Goodson, who has been impressive at times in summer7-on-7 workouts.

Football is back Buffs fans. Talk about all the developments throughout camp and this season with other fans on our message boards.