December 18, 2007

Bowl berth breeds more optimism

BOULDER, Colo. - Trailing Nebraska 35-24 at halftime back on November 23rd, it looked like a long off-season might be in store for the Buffaloes. Instead, Colorado outscored the Huskers, 41-16, in the second half to win their sixth game, putting them in a position to earn an Independence Bowl berth.

The team's practices and workouts since that win over Nebraska have been high spirited.

"Everybody has a spring in their step now because of the fact that we got into this bowl game," expressed defensive backs coach Greg Brown. "It is a reward for the fact that we made progress this season.

"It is something to build on for the future."

"There is a buzz, there is an excitement in this program right now," added offensive technical intern Brad Bedell. "We're on the right track and we're going to stay excited.

"And the fact that guys like Jordon Dizon, Tyler Polumbus and Edwin Harrison get to play in another game here as a Buff is great. They helped put this program on the right track for the future."

Following their 2-10 season a year ago, the Buffaloes underwent a rigorous off-season conditioning program. It was too difficult for some players, who decided to transfer.

"It definitely seems like the entire morale of the team from last year to this year is sky rocketing," said offensive lineman Ryan Miller. "That starts with Coach Hawk. He has a belief in this program and everyone around here, the players, the staff, everybody loves each other and we're going up."

Being able to show recruits that they are making process in terms of wins and losses has also paid dividends. Since beating the Huskers and gaining bowl eligibility, the Buffaloes have landed four four-star prospects. And there are a number of other top recruits giving CU strong consideration.

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