Buffs Hit Film Room, Stay off Practice Field

<!--Default For Colorado is to ignore-->Colorado football players were surprised Monday when they began filtering in to the Dal Ward Center to find that Monday's practice would be limited to film work indoors. Inside, <!--Default NodeId For Bobby Purify is 1223510,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1223510]>Bobby Purify</A> talks about his physical condition, and, believe it or not, the Buffs are still within legitimate reach of contending for the Big 12 North.

Head coach Gary Barnett canceled Monday's practice, and instead opted to keep the team indoors and spend the time looking at tape of Saturday's loss to Texas, and of CU's next opponent, Kansas. It was, in part, a n extra day to recuperate both physically and mentally, Barnett said.

"For what we get done on a Monday, we can do it in the film room," Barnett said.

Still In It
Remarkable as it sounds Colorado is still in position to contend for the Big 12 North. After the hangover from Saturday's debacle at home against Texas has cleared, the scenario for CU heading into Lincoln with the North on the line is not all that far fetched.

For that to happen, Nebraska would have to lose at either Iowa State (Nov. 6) or Oklahoma (Nov.13); Iowa State would have to lose one of its three remaining games; Missouri would have to lose at home to either Kansas or Kansas State; and Colorado would have to win its remaining games, at Kansas, vs. Kansas State, and at Nebraska.

It's conceivable that Colorado could play Nebraska on Nov. 26 for the right to represent the Big 12 North in the conference championship game.

Strange that CU is still in it, despite sitting at 1-4 in conference, 4-4 overall? Yes, even for some of the players.

"That is a little hard to believe, but I guess that's just the way the Big 12 North is going right now," senior offensive lineman Sam Wilder said. "It's just a mediocre conference right now."

Purify Hurting
Though he continued to downplay the discomfort his ailments are causing him, senior running back Bobby Purify is now carrying two separated shoulders. He's shown his toughness playing with one bad shoulder the past month. Saturday against Texas, Purify suffered a separation on the other shoulder when he tried to take on a tackler with it.

Monday, Purify said he still wants to play on Saturdays as Colorado preps for its stretch run. He said the new shoulder injury is not as severe as the first one. But head coach Gary Barnett said Monday it was still up in the air how effective Purify can be in his condition.

"That's a concern," Barnett said. "I don't know if we can play him as much as we did last week."

Purify, one of four captains on the team, was asked about the team morale after the loss. He said he didn't know yet, as the team hadn't gathered together yet since the Texas game.

As for how to fix an ailing offense, one which gained just three rushing yards vs. Texas, Purify said, "We need to be more sound fundamentally. I just think we made some wrong calls and some wrong reads (against Texas). I'll take as much of the blame as anyone else. I can't blame it on my offensive line."

No TV for CU-KSU Game
The Colorado-Kansas State football game at Folsom Field Nov. 13 will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised.


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