Wednesday Post-Practice Report

Inside, notes from following Wednesday's football practice, including a development at quarterback.

• Senior backup quarterback James Cox went to California Wednesday to be with his father, who is ill. Dan Hawkins said he didn't know how long Cox would be away from the team taking care of family matters.

• If Cox were to miss Saturday's game in Georgia, freshman Cody Hawkins would be the backup behind starter Bernard Jackson. Patrick Devenny took some reps Wednesday at quarterback, and will serve as the team's emergency signal caller, Hawkins said. Devenny was recruited to CU as a QB, but moved to tight end prior to fall camp.

• Hawkins said the team had "one of the best practices we've had in the last two weeks" on Wednesday. He also said Hugh Charles had his best practice of the fall Tuesday, and also practiced well Wednesday.

• Nothing To Lose…Not Some in Georgia are trotting out the traditional wisdom that CU could be a dangerous team because at 0-3, they've got nothing to lose. Commenting on the nothing to lose mentality (not the dangerous team part), Hawkins said "I don't like that stuff at all. We've got to go down there and show off our game, make more improvements and play better against a really, really good team. We're going down there to win a football game. We're not going down there saying, ‘Hey, we've got nothing to lose. We're supposed to lose anyway.' I'm never going to take that approach."

• Big Dawgs On Saturday, the Buffs will play one of the bigger offensive lines they'll face this season. Their starting offensive line averages 316.8 pounds per man. Asked about it, Hawkins said, "All their guys are huge. They're massive. Greg Blue is not there anymore (he played vs. Hawkins' Boise State team in 2005, and is now with the Minnesota Vikings). Greg Blue could play the o-line for most teams in college football, but he was their free safety. They're huge everywhere; they're a big, fast, physical team."

• Humidity Factor Asked if he was doing anything to help his players combat what are sure to be humid conditions in Saturday's game, Hawkins laughed and said, "There's only so many guys we can fit in the sauna. We can't scrimmage in there." On a serious note, Hawkins said there's not a lot you can do, but he said the heat bothered Georgia players as much as BSU players in last year's matchup in Athens. Last year, the Broncos actually experimented with the old wife's tale that says pickle juice will help you keep from cramping up in hot and humid conditions. Hawkins said it didn't work and they won't ask CU players to drain the brine Friday night. However, the coach said they will stress extra (regular, non-pickle variety) hydration.

• The injury List TE Paul Creighton, hip/quad, day to day; OT Edwin Harrison, concussion, day to day; CB Gardner McKay, ankle, probable; WR Stephone Robinson, shoulder, probable.

• In the Classroom A quick look at the senior class and their academic progress. Seniors already graduated: Ben Carpenter, Nick Holz, Marcus Jones. On track for December graduation: Jason Ackermann, James Cox, Paul Creighton, Chad Cusworth, Mark Fenton, Alex Ligon, Blake Mackey, Jack Tipton, Abraham Wright. May graduation: J.J. Billingsley, Walter Boye-Doe, Mason Crosby, Brian Daniels, Dan Goettsch, Mell Holliday, Lorenzo Sims, Terry Washington, Thaddaeus Washington, Vance Washington.

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