August 3, 2007

Top question marks heading into camp

The players will report to camp on Sunday and begin preparation for the 2007 season on the practice fields Monday. We take a look at the biggest question marks for CU entering preseason camp.

Who will start at quarterback?

Similar to last year, the most watched and talked about topic during preseason camp will be the battle for the starting quarterback job.

While redshirt freshman Cody Hawkins is thought to have the inside track after a strong spring, junior Nick Nelson will have every opportunity to prove he should be the starter behind center when the Buffaloes kick off the season against Colorado State.

"We're going to push from practice one, from meeting one to find a starting quarterback much like we did last year," head coach Dan Hawkins said during his press conference at Big 12 Media Day. "And I don't think we can afford to wait for first scrimmage, second scrimmage, third scrimmage. It needs to be a race, and whoever gets out and gets going will be the guy. Either way it goes, I think we're going to be fine."

Depth issues on the offensive line

The Buffaloes ran through spring drills with just six healthy offensive linemen. Even though eight true freshmen and junior Erick Faatagi will join the mix next week, depth on the offensive line is a major concern for CU.

Aside from the three returning starters (Tyler Polumbus, Edwin Harrison and Daniel Sanders) only one other offensive lineman on the roster (Devin Head) has any experience at the college level.

If the Buffaloes can stay healthy on the offensive line and get good play from Wes Palazzi and/or Keenan Stevens, it has a chance to be a very productive unit.

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