Hawk talk

The Buffs host the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Folsom Field at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. Colorado coach Dan Hawkins met with media members today to talk about his team and the game.

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins was asked if he had the out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire feeling this week after a tough nonconference schedule and the start of league games against No. 5 Texas.

"I had that feeling the day I crossed the Colorado border," Hawkins said.

The Buffs are coming off a tough loss at Florida State. Quarterback Cody Hawkins had a tough game by all accounts and threw his fourth interception of the season. Coach Hawkins said he spoke with his quarterback, but he's keeping things in perspective.

"You know, one game does not a career make," he said. "He's not going to be the last quarterback to have a tough day."

>Hawkins covered a wide variety of issues. Here are some of the highlights.

...Hawkins said Darrell Scott's name never came up during multiple occasions this spring and summer in which he was around Texas coach Mack Brown.

CU and Texas sparred over Scott in recruiting last year with the Buffs winning out, and some on the periphery of the Texas program charging that the Buffs cheated. Hawkins said he and Brown have a good relationship.

...Hawkins said he thinks Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is much more assertive this year and is playing with more confidence. He said he also believes McCoy is healthier than last season.

...Hawkins said suspended redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ethan Adkins is close to completing the necessary steps to complete his suspension, following his arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month.

"We're trying to get him back in the mix, but I need to get the final OK from everybody else, too," Hawkins said.

...Hawkins said walk-on punt return man Jason Espinoza will be back at practice in non-contact work this week, but he won't play against Texas. Espinoza will probably be back for Kansas.

...Hawkins said Scott has not been practicing at punter since training camp because he needed time to let a strained groin heal properly. Hawkins said Scott continues to wear a knee brace as a precaution after suffering a bruised knee three weeks ago against Eastern Washington. Hawkins said he believes Scott is close to 100 percent healthy.

...Hawkins said he thought redshirt freshman offensive lineman Matt Bahr played well when called on to replace injured lineman Ryan Miller against FSU. Bahr played 30 snaps and graded out at 71 percent in his first offensive action. Bahr had four knockdown blocks.


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