The Buffs will hold their annual August conditioning tests Aug. 9. The entire squad has been in Boulder this summer working out in the weight room, going through conditioning drills and taking part in player-led 7 on 7 drills. Each player is expected to be able to pass the conditioning tests conducted on Aug. 9. …The team also holds conditioning tests in the spring. Those tests revealed in part why coaches speak so highly of tight end Joe Klopfenstein. Listed at 6-5, 240 pounds, the junior was among the team leaders in weight-lifting and owns a 36.5 vertical jump. He won the team "explosion" award, given out to the top conditioned player among the tight ends, fullbacks and linebackers. Here are some other spring numbers.
Bench: Brandon Dabdoub, 428 pounds; Jack Tipton, 420; Derek Stemrich, 411; Joe Klopfenstein, 409.
40-yard dash: Terrence Wheatley, 4.38; Blake Mackey, 4.39; Vance Washington, 4.47
Power clean: James Garee, 335; Akarika Dawn, 330, Joe Klopfenstein, 325
Vertical jump: Vance Washington, 41.25; Blake Mackey, 39; Terrence Wheatley, 38; Joe Klopfenstein, 36.5.
The team is relatively healthy heading into August. Only two players are expected to be on the sidelines recovering from ailments at the beginning of camp. DT Nick Clement suffered a torn pectoral muscle over the summer, and will be out of August camp. LB Chris Hollis is doubtful for at least the beginning of camp while he recovers from foot surgery. He reinjured the foot in July as well. Hollis, listed No. 2 on the depth chart at middle linebacker, was scheduled to miss the season opener for disciplinary reasons.
Former Buff Marques Harris has transferred to Southern Utah, and will play linebacker for the Thunderbirds. Harris recovered from a devastating leg break, suffered in a game last September, well enough to compete in spring drills in Boulder. But he was suspended from the Buffs squad in April for undisclosed reasons. He will not have to sit out a transfer year at Southern Utah, since it's a Division IAA school. Southern Utah coach Wes Meier expects Harris to make an impact right away for the school in the Great West Conference. "I hate to put too much emphasis on a guy who hasn't ever played a down for us," Meier said, "but Marques Harris should step right in and be a force. I don't know of many I-AA programs who couldn't use an all-Big-12 player."
The Buffs expect anywhere from six to 11 walk-ons to join the team in August. Two incoming transfer walk-ons include DB Charlie Aweida, a former Fairview player who was at Adams State last season. OL Carl Zoellner prepped with current Buff Mason Crosby, and is transferring from Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Two former walk-on players have been awarded scholarships: Senior OL Terrance Barreau, and junior long snapper Greg Pace.