Big 12: Corey Nabors

Rodney Stewart shared carries with former blue-chip recruit turned CU transfer Darrell Scott and Demetrius Sumler last season. After Scott denied rumors last month of a return to Boulder and Sumler left the program, Stewart’s spring could determine how many carries he gets in the fall after tallying 198 last season. Brian Lockridge and Corey Nabors are the only other two running backs scheduled to take part in spring practices, but Lockridge carried the ball just 12 times as a sophomore and Nabors is a former walk-on whose experience is mostly on special teams.

Junior quarterback Tyler Hansen showed flashes of greatness last season, throwing for more than 250 yards in three of the Buffaloes final four games, including 269 against Big 12 North champ Nebraska. This year, he’ll get to throw to Toney Clemons, a Michigan transfer who coach Dan Hawkins has lauded since Clemons’ arrival.

The chemistry between the two that begins this spring could determine how much damage Colorado can do in a Big 12 that should be stocked with solid defenses again in 2010.

An added bonus: All spring practices will be open, beginning with Saturday’s two-hour practice at 10 a.m. Just don’t get caught with a cell phone, pet or a camera, unless you’re also a fan of Hawkins’ bad side.

Darrell Scott denies report he's planning to return to Colorado

February, 10, 2010
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Former Colorado running back Darrell Scott has refuted a report by a Denver television station that he has met with Colorado coach Dan Hawkins and is interested in returning to the Buffaloes' team.

Scott told the Boulder Camera he has no plans to return to the Colorado team he left last season after playing five games while struggling with injuries.

"Nope, not at all," Scott told the Camera when asked if there was any truth to an anonymous report that was given by Denver station KCNC. "It is a lie. I don't plan on coming back."

Scott has been the most-heralded recruit signed during Hawkins' tenure, but struggled through two injury-plagued seasons with the Buffaloes. He rushed for only 95 yards last season, rushing for most of those yards against Toledo. He injured his knee in that game and underwent minor surgery before leaving the team in November.

The Camera also reported that senior running back Demetrius Sumler has appealed the decision where his Colorado scholarship was revoked by Hawkins for the spring semester. Sumler announced last month that he planned to graduate from Colorado this spring and then transfer to another program for his senior season next fall, utilizing an NCAA rule that allows graduates with remaining eligibility to make a move. Kansas State quarterback Grant Gregory utilized the rule to transfer to the Wildcats from South Florida for his senior season last fall.

The departure of Sumler and Scott's rebuff of the Buffaloes' program has placed a huge priority heading into spring camp for running backs. Hawkins added four running backs among his Class of 2010 who could arrive when fall camp begins in August. But in the spring, the Buffaloes will have three scholarship running backs on their roster -- projected starter Rodney "Speedy" Stewart, Brian Lockridge and Corey Nabors.

Buffaloes staging their own version of March Madness

March, 19, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Who needs the NCAA tournament?

Members of the Colorado football team are in the process of staging their own basketball competition. The off-the-field event is the invention of Colorado coach Dan Hawkins as a way to foster team unity and keep members of the team out of trouble during the offseason.

The competition has taken place throughout the offseason, with the semifinals and finals taking place Wednesday night -- only a day before the "real" men's tournament begins.

The Buffaloes have some talented basketball players on the roster. Backup quarterback Matt Ballenger was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Idaho in high school.

But the winner of the tournament was directed by quarterback Cody Hawkins, wide receiver Jason Espinoza and running back Rodney Stewart, who is in the process of recovering from a broken leg.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that Hawkins' team claimed the championship Wednesday night, cruising to victory on the 3-point shooting of Hawkins and Espinoza over a team led by Demetrius Sumler, Shaun Mohler, Jonathan Hawkins and Corey Nabors in the final.

Dan Hawkins has his team competing in academics, classroom attendance and improvement in the weight room in addition to baskeball.

He only hopes it carries over once the Buffaloes start spring practice on March 31.

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