News And Notes From Boulder

While Gary Barnett has been less than thrilled with his team's intensity, he has seen some improvement the past two practices. As the Buffs offense begins to get in gear, the injuries continue to mount.

 

"The defense practiced well, but the offense had nothing, so I'm upset. Forty-eight hours off, and we just didn't generate anything."

- Head Coach Gary Barnett.

These are things you don't want to hear from your head coach.  After a few lack luster practices on Monday and Tuesday, the coach did see some improvement on the offensive side of the ball.   

But what is really concerning Barnett and the Buffs coaching staff is the amount of injuries that are piling up. RB Chris Brown is suffering from a concussion after he was hit last week and will be out at least three to four practices.  Brown suffered the injury from a hit he sustained last week and did not tell the CU training staff.  He sat out a few practices after he announced he was suffering from headache like symptoms.

Good news at Tuesdays practice was the return of Jr. DB Phil Jackson who was suffering from a strained calf.  The other Buffaloes suffering from injuries are as follows:

Chris Brown (concussion)
Beau Williams (MCL)
Quin Sypniewski (hamstring)
Brandon Ceaser (shoulder)
Clint Werth (knee)
Will Down (shoulder)
Brandon Dabdoub (shoulder)
Karl Allis (broken toe)
Drew Shader (shoulder)
D.J. Hackett (knee)
Aaron Killion (torn pectoral)

The Buffs will hold the last of two-a-day practices on Weds. and then go down to single practices.  The team is planning on watching the CSU / Virgina game together after practice on Thursday.  The Buffs will take on the Rams on August 31st in Denver at 11 am MT.  Colorado is trying to break a streak of three consecutive opening game losses.  Finally, CU will elect captains after their scrimmage on Friday night.  Inside word has Craig Ochs and Tyler Brayton leading the way on offense and defense.