Jordon Dizon was dinged up Tuesday morning, and it's unclear whether Jeremy Bloom will follow through on a final appeal to the NCAA."> Jordon Dizon was dinged up Tuesday morning, and it's unclear whether Jeremy Bloom will follow through on a final appeal to the NCAA.">

Practice Report: August 17

Cool weather moved in and Colorado practiced under overcast skies in the afternoon session, the second of two practices Tuesday. Coach Gary Barnett said it was a good practice, but concern about working under less than adverse conditions lingers. Also, freshman linebacker <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid= 31365"><b>Jordon Dizon</b></a> was dinged up Tuesday morning, and it's unclear whether <b>Jeremy Bloom</b> will follow through on a final appeal to the NCAA.

CU is scheduled to conduct just three two-a-days this August, the fewest number in recent memory. The cut down in numbers is partly due to NCAA-wide mandates, and partly because of the way CU's fall class schedule laid out.

Tuesday, Barnett said the weather was "a little cool" for his liking. The hotter the temperature, the more adversity a team feels, the tougher they get prior to the season.

Barnett is old school when it comes to fall camp. At Northwestern, he made news by taking his players to a remote locale for preseason training, where the players went through three practices a day for a stretch. The coach looked into the possibility of moving August camp off-site when he first came to Colorado in 1999, but it wasn't feasible.

Still, CU conducted three-a-days during Barnett's first two years in Boulder. In 2001, CU went to two-a-days, and conducted six.

"We only have three (two-a-days), I think CSU's getting five. It's just the way if fell for us," he said. "It's amazing. These guys are as tired after two of them as our kids were three years ago after six. It's the mind. Whatever the mind tells you is the way it is.

But Barnett seemed to take some solace in the fact that all NCAA Division I teams are under similar restrictions, and even commented that the weather across the country has been unusually cool this August.

"This works fine, as long as (all teams) are doing the same thing," he said.

In part to make up for fewer two-a-days, the team scheduled 12 straight days of practice before getting its first day off (Sunday).

The good news so far is that there have been a minimal amount of major injuries. PK J.T. Eberly and DT Nick Clement were both scheduled for season-ending surgery Tuesday. But other than that, injuries have been minor. Still, there have been a sizable amount of players who are missing practice each day with small or nagging injuries. And the training staff and coaches are in a conservative mode this camp with players who have had offseason surgery, such as Derek Stemrich, Brandon Dabdoub and Jesse Wallace.

Wallace had knee surgery over the summer and missed practice Monday. But Tuesday he was back in pads, and caught at least two passes during an afternoon 11-on-11 scrimmage situation. Fellow tight ends Joe Klopfenstein (hamstring) and Quinn Sypniewski (toe) have also missed time with ailments during the past week.

Tight ends coach John Wristen said Tuesday he's not too concerned about the missed time yet. And it's given sophomore walk-on Daniel Goettsch a lot of reps in practice. Wristen said the 6-5, 235-pounders' play "has been a nice surprise."

In Tuesday afternoon's 11-on-11 situations, which were not full-tackle, the CU defense once again got the best of the offense. The defense was expecially effective at clogging up the running plays.

Dizon Dinged Up
Freshman Jordon Dizon has been the talk of preseason camp among players and coaches. But Dizon suffered a slight shoulder injury Tuesday morning when a lineman fell on him awkwardly, and he sat out the afternoon session with his arm in a sling. He said he expects to be back in a couple days.

Dizon moved to linebacker Saturday and impressed coaches immediately. Dizon, from Hawaii, said he's been impressed with his teammates' willingness to help him out so far. He said J.J. Billingsley took him under his wing last week when Dizon was working with the defensive backs, and that several linebackers are showing him the ropes the past few days.

"The players are in competition with me, but they help me out so much," he said. "That's what I love about this team — they're more into the team concept than themselves. They help me out as much as they can."

It remains to be seen if Dizon can really crack the depth chart and get onto the field as a true freshman.

Asked if he wanted to play this year, Dizon said, "It would be nice to play. But I will do whatever is in the best interest of the team. If they want to redshirt me, no problem. If they want to play me, no problem."

Orange Report
Here's a rundown of players wearing orange jerseys and not participating in practice Tuesday afternoon: Brian Iwuh, McKenzie Tilmon (neck), J.J. Billingsley (knee), Quinn Sypniewski (toe), Terrence Wheatley, Derek Stemrich, Vance Washington, Chris Hollis, Jordon Dizon and Daniel Sanders.

Bloom Final Appeal Up in the Air?
Jeremy Bloom's father, Larry, told a national radio audience Tuesday that his son had instructed him to stop CU's final appeal to the NCAA asking to grant Bloom eligibility.

Late Monday, the NCAA denied CU's request for a waiver that would have allowed the two-sport athlete to play at CU for his junior year this fall, as long as he discontinued taking endorsement money for his skiing exploits. CU put in motion what CU officials called the final appeal in the case Tuesday morning.

But Larry Bloom told Tim Brando on Sporting News Radio later in the day that he received a text message from Jeremy (who is training with the U.S. Ski Team in Chile) that instructed his father "to inform the (CU) compliance people to halt that appeal process because we feel it is a sham.

"We harvest no hope. We believe Jeremy Bloom has played his last college football game."

Barnett, when asked about Jeremy's apparent intent to halt the final appeal after Tuesday's afternoon practice said he had heard about it, and planned to try and persuade Jeremy to let CU try on more appeal when he spoke with him Wednesday.

"Sometimes you say those things and you take 24 hours and rethink them a little bit," Barnett said. "That's what I'm going to talk to him about. But we'll do whatever he wants to do."

The CU compliance office had requested Jeremy become eligible this season, citing a case in which Tim Dwight was allowed to run track at Iowa after taking endorsements as a pro football player.

Larry Bloom reiterated that on Sporting News radio: "I want to be very clear about something, because I think that the AP story that went around the country is in some kind of error. Jeremy had agreed, like Tim Dwight had agreed a number of years ago, to cease and desist from collecting any endorsements or revenues during the remainder of his college football eligibility. That was part of our proposal. At the last minute we got a decision that was quite shocking to us in view of what had happened for the previous couple weeks."

Texas Stares
Junior offensive lineman Clint O'Neal went back home to Weatherford, Texas, in May, and again for the July 4 holiday. He wore his Buffaloes gear in the football-crazy state and drew stares.

"I'm proud to be here — this is my family away from home — so I wore the Colorado stuff with pride (in Texas)," O'Neal said. "Everybody was giving me dirty looks and people I didn't even know were asking me, ‘What's going on up there?' And I said, ‘You know what? We're not going to worry about it. We're just going to play football.'"


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