What's The Status Of Tailback U?

Let's just say Chris Brown goes to the NFL and Marcus Houston decides to transfer, what will the Buffs be left with? Buffs Insider knows and you will too.

We at Buffs Insider try to shine a postive light on everything effecting the Univeristy of Colorado's football program, but we are also realists.

So what happends if both Chris Brown and Marcus Houston bail from CU? Well, the Buffs will go to the West Coast offense and throw the ball more than Marshall does!

With out a proven QB returning to Colorado, maybe not. Fear not Buff fans, CU still has some great tailbacks.

If Brown and Houston leave, the Buffs will have senior Bobby Purify and sophomore Brian Calhoun returning. Purify is recovering from an ankle injury that limited his play the last month of the season but before that had been putting up some nice numbers backing up Brown.

Calhoun showed some flashes of what made him Wisconsin's Gatorade player of the year. His break out game came against the hated Huskers in Lincoln, when he rushed for __ yards and 2 touchdowns. Also returning is Lawrence Vickers, a fullback who also can play tailback. Vickers was a true freshman last season from Houston, Texas. The 6-2", 200 pound Vickers attended Forest Brook High School.

For its Class of 2003, the only CU commitment is from fullback Daniel Jolly, but no tailbacks. Jolly, from San Antonio, Texas, is 6-1", 220 pounds and runs a 4.6. He rushed for 1,300 yards his Jr. season. Besides him, the Buffs had not been recruiting at the tailback position due to the stable of horses they already have.

The Buffs have been recruiting California standout RB Maurice Drew from De La Salle High School in Concord. Before Bieniemy's and John Embree's departure, CU believed they were among Drew's top choices.

Since then, things have changed quite a bit for Drew on the recruiting front. He has already visited Colorado but he said CU is hanging on by a thread right now.

"I like Coach Barnett a lot but the main reasons why I was favoring Colorado was because of Coach Embree and Coach Bieniemy," Drew said. "They're still in it right now, but I don't know who the running back coach will be or what kind of system they'll be running.

Right now it sounds if UCLA is leading the recruiting battle, with CU, OU, Oregon and USC still in the running.

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