Strausser Looking For New Challenge

New Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins continues to fill the spots in his coaching staff. Current Boise State assistants Romeo Bandison, Kent Riddle and Chris Strausser (pictured) will join current Arizona State quarterbacks/passing game coach Mark Helfrich at Colorado. Strausser, who has coached five first-team all-WAC offensive linemen at BSU, is looking forward to a new challenge in Boulder.

"It's a done deal," confirmed Strausser on Tuesday about taking an assistant job at CU. Strausser is in Boise where he is coaching the Broncos as they prepare for the team's Dec. 28 bowl game.

Strausser holds the title of offensive line coach and assistant head coach in Boise, where he's coached since 2001. He said Tuesday he will coach the offensive line at Colorado. Asked if he would also hold the duty of assistant head coach, Strausser said, "We actually haven't had that conversation. I'm assuming I'm going over there in the same role, but I just haven't had a chance to get down to some of those details yet (with Dan Hawkins)."

Bandison has coached the Boise State defensive line since 2001, and will do the same at Colorado. Riddle, too, is completing his fifth year at Boise State, where he's coached running backs and special teams, a mantle he will likely have in Boulder, as well. Helfrich will be the Buffs' offensive coordinator.

Strausser said he's following Hawkins to Boulder, in part, because of the challenge of coaching in a new situation, and because the married father of two likes what he's heard about Boulder.

"I just feel like I need to try something new, get a new bounce in my step again," he said. ‘There's a lot of places where opportunities (to coach) have arisen over the past two years that are not intriguing to me because it's very important for me to be able to bring my family to a good place. Boulder's one of those places that over the years I've heard everybody say good things about."

Five offensive linemen in the past five years have earned first-team All-WAC honors under Strausser, including offensive tackle Daryn Colledge this season. While Boise State has a reputation for a strong passing game, the Broncos led the WAC in rushing in 2005, and have been among the WAC leaders in rushing under Hawkins.

Strausser said at Colorado he may go after players who are in "a little higher echelon" athletically than what he's recruited to Boise State. But the proto-type will remain the same.

"We're looking for guys that are athletic," Strausser said. "Size is not a huge issue. I want guys that are passionate about football, guys that are smart football players. Guys that care about doing the right thing so I'm not going to have to chase around every day to class. And I want guys that are into the team thing."

Strausser also gave some insight into Hawkins, a man he's coached for the past five seasons.

"He's as good as advertised," Strausser said. "Outside of Chris Peterson (BSU's offensive coordinator, who will take the head coaching job after the bowl game), I can't imagine working for another guy in the country. Hawk's deal is, first and foremost he's trying to look out for the players. I'm not convinced everybody across the country views everything that way.

"Secondly, he's trying to take care of his guys, which is his staff. Whatever it takes to make things right for us.

"Thirdly, he's got great vision, he's a great motivator. He's very, very competitive, but at the same time, he cares about people.

"(But) I kind of laugh from hearing all this talk about all the (Hawk) Love, and spreading the love. That's certainly a part of his deal, but he's a tough-nosed, grind-it-out football coach. It's not a big love-fest where everybody's sittin' around holding hands. It's physical football."

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