Scouting the Big 12: Colorado

CU is a program many thought should've been playing for the national title last season after running the table last season following a few early losses. A ton of talent graduated and it may be difficult for Gary Barnett to keep the momentum going after a few years of struggle. They lost their best offensive player, several dominant linemen and the middle of the defense. That said there are still several top prospects that will wear Buffalo uniforms next season.

Colorado Buffaloes

Like last season the strength of this offense may be up front as they will offer another pair of solid prospects. Justin Bates is a heady, strong-side tackle that plays with solid fundamentals, intelligence and displays power at the point of attack. He is best blocking for the run, in confined quarters, which makes a move to guard possible. Right now he's a later round choice. Pivot man Wayne Lucier is explosive and heady, a good combination at center. He effectively fights with his hands and uses good blocking angles to open holes in the middle of the field. Presently Luicier is not very big but does have size potential and will get a lot of looks during the drafts second day in '03.

They have a trio of prospects at running back. Chris Brown is a powerful interior runner that made a big splash last season after transferring from junior college. He sees the field and if he cannot avoid defenders will run over them picking up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Brown is not fast, almost to the point where you'd consider him slow, a factor that could push him deep into the draft when he enters. Bobby Purify is another solid ball carrier between the tackles and offers a little more speed than Brown. Physically, Marcus Houston is the most gifted of all three but cannot stay on the field and his inability to stay healthy is already sending up red flags though he's only been in college two seasons.

Blocking for this dynamic ground game is Brandon Drumm, a hard working, grind-it-out fullback that loves physical contact and always does the dirty work. Drumm is powerful at the point while also showing himself to be a competent safety valve out of the backfield on passing downs. He is a bit limited athletically lacking overall quickness, speed and ability to make plays in anything other than a straight line, which will push him deep into the draft next April.

Junior Derek McCoy is a nice sized wide out developing into the position and is definitely someone to keep an eye on.




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