December 23, 2007

Bedell enjoying second stint in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. - Behind the scenes, there are a number of staffers and assistants that help the University of Colorado football program run. One of them is Brad Bedell, whose title is Offensive Technical Intern.

"I have a set of things that I do," explained Bedell, who lettered at CU as an offensive guard in 1989 and 1999. "We break down the opponent on film by formation on the computer system. I also watch practice, but I'd say most of my responsibilities are with computer work.

"By NCAA rule, I can't physically coach a whole lot. Around practice I am just an observer. I talk with [offensive line] Coach [Jeff Grimes] about some things pertaining to the game plan and I'm in the meetings handing out things and things like that, but I don't do any real extensive work as far as coaching on a personal level."

Bedell knew he had coaching aspirations back when he was a player at CU.

"My offensive line coach here was Tom Cable and we had a real good relationship," he recalled. "I just kind of knew back then that this is what I wanted get involved in. I love this game. I am passionate about this game so I do really want to coach."

Has Bedell's second stint in Boulder been an enjoyable one?

"It has been great," he expressed. "I couldn't be happier to be back. I think we're heading in the right direction. I am so excited for this program. I loved it when I played here and I can't thank the school, the coaching staff and the academic people enough to put me back on track to graduate."

Additional Notes:

*** As a senior at CU in 1999, Bedell was named a first-team all-American by the Football Writer's Association of American and second-team all-American by the Associated Press.

What are some of Bedell's most memorable moments thinking back to his college career? "Well, we had a very good offensive line my senior year, all five of us had a chance to go on to the NFL," he said. "Just the relationships that I had with those guys stands out. Beating Boston College by so many points [in the 1999 Bowl) stands out. We put up 295 yards rushing and 615 yards of total offense in that game. And then a sad memory, I'll never forget the Nebraska kick, the wide right, the 23 yards to go. I am definitely proud of what I have been able to accomplish here."

*** Bedell saw action in 40 NFL games, including four starts. He spent time playing for the Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins, the Green Bay Packers and the Houston Texans. Bedell wrapped up his professional career in 2006 and joined the Buffaloes' staff this past spring.

*** Bedell is currently working to earn his degree in Sociology at CU.

What are his future aspirations? "I am just going to keep working towards graduating, continuing my role here on the staff and then once I graduate I'll cross that road," Bedell said. "Just one thing at a time. Graduating and us beating Alabama [in the Independence Bowl] are my main priorities right now. I hope to graduate late summer, that all depends on how classes fall into place."

*** Bedell said he agrees "100 percent" that quarterback and offensive line are the two hardest positions to play as a true freshman. Given that fact, has Bedell been impressed with the play of Kai Maiava and Ryan Miller this fall? Both have played in nine games as true freshmen this season.

"I am impressed, especially with Kai," said Bedell. "He is not your prototypical offensive lineman. But he is extremely tough. He is very smart. I would say he picked up the offense the quickest. Ryan has all the tools but he was a little limited in what they ran at Columbine in high school. Ryan had an a big adjustment in learning how to pass block effectively, an area he has come light years ahead in. They came in and took it head on and they are both coming along real well for us."

*** The Buffaloes have been preparing for the bowl game in their new indoor bubble. How much does Bedell wish they had a similar indoor practice facility back when he was a player at CU?

"That would have been nice," Bedell said with a laugh. "A couple of those practices were rough when they were plowing the field and stuff. This is what we needed and we got it. We also got the new locker room and that is a start. It's nowhere where it needs to be but we're extremely grateful for what we've gotten so far and this is just a starting point. This is another example of where this University and this program is headed."

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