CU's quarterback battle remains in flux after Hansen's injury

April, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Cody Hawkins will be the only player at quarterback for Colorado the next several weeks after Tyler Hansen suffered a thumb injury that will require surgery.

Hansen will be out until June recovering from his surgery, although it might not throw him back as far as might be expected.

If Hansen was going to have the surgery, this might be the ideal time considering it comes at the end of spring practice. He had a chance to run the offense through 15 practices and nearly three quarters of the spring game before the injury occurred.

And the entire quarterback situation will be in flux until a determination is made on offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich's place of employment for the 2009 season. Helfrich will interview at Oregon this week and some Colorado reports make it sound like he'll take the job if he's offered additional security with a multiyear contract with the Ducks -- something that doesn't happen for Colorado assistant coaches.

That means that Colorado coach Dan Hawkins might be scrambling for a new coordinator in the next several days. And it would mean the quarterbacks would have a new way of learning things.

At this point, Helfrich told reporters after the Colorado spring game that the quarterback position is far from being decided. He's right, both from his situation and the way the battle with Hansen and Cody Hawkins played out.

If Helfrich leaves, another coordinator with a different way of looking at things will be the one making that call as his starting quarterback. Or in a pinch, Dan Hawkins might be the one calling plays all the time.

So there was no separation in the quarterback battle this spring. And the battle between Cody Hawkins and Hansen will likely play out until shortly before the Buffaloes' Sept. 5 opener against Colorado State.

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