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No timetable set on settling Colorado's QB battle

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

IRVING, Texas -- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said he has not decided when he'll choose his starting quarterback heading into the 2009 season.

Hawkins' son, Cody, is involved in a tight battle with Tyler Hansen that continued through spring practice. The two quarterbacks finished in a virtual dead heat coming out of spring practice. Hansen broke the thumb on his throwing hand during the Buffaloes' spring game and underwent surgery soon after.

Hansen has made a quick recovery and is expected to challenge for the job when the Buffaloes begin preseason practice on Aug. 7. The Buffaloes start the season Sept. 6 against Colorado State.

"We'll see how it plays out," Dan Hawkins said. "Obviously, we want to get something done before we get into the final stages of our prep for Colorado State, but it will play out like it plays out. It might be early, might be late. We'll just see."

Both Cody Hawkins and Hansen had starts for the Buffaloes last season. Colorado was 4-7 in games started by Hawkins and 1-0 in Hansen's starts. That record is deceiving because the Buffaloes won Hansen's start, 28-24 over Iowa State, only after Hawkins came off the bench to lead a comeback victory with four touchdown passes.