Buffs finish two-a-days

Colorado will open the 2009 season two weeks from today at home against Colorado State. The Buffs completed the training camp portion of their preseason practice schedule Saturday with the final two-a-day practice day. Plenty of decisions remain for coaches. Get inside for more.

The last time coach Dan Hawkins went this deep into fall camp without knowing who his starting quarterback would be was 2006. That season started with three options and ended with just one.

This year Hawkins and offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau will have two solid options in Tyler Hansen and Cody Hawkins and the players appear to be making the decision a tough one to make. Dan Hawkins said this week it's possible he won't reveal his starter until game day.

"Cody and I are good friends and we'll support anything that goes on within the team because we're both team guys, both coaches sons," Hansen said. "So we're going to support the team before individuals. Whatever pans out no matter how this thing goes, Cody is going to be there for me and I'm going to be there for him."

Cody Hawkins believes the program is better prepared to succeed this season regardless of who is at quarterback. The Buffs have emphasized building a stout running game since spring practices and a big offensive line, experienced tight ends and a talented foursome of tailbacks figure to take some of the pressure off the player under center.

"If you're going to stop our running game, then you're going to need to put dudes in the box, and if you're going to put dudes in the box, that's going to make it a lot easier to throw down field," Cody Hawkins said.

Decisions remain elsewhere as well. Who starts at tailback will likely depend each week on the first play call of the day. But coaches still must establish first team defensive linemen, linebackers and secondary as well as who will start the season at left guard and kick returners.

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