Colorado has gotten off to a slow start under new head coach Jon Embree, who was a one-time All-Big 8 tight end for the Buffaloes. The Buffaloes are on a six-game losing streak, including a 48-14 loss to Arizona State on Saturday -- their 22nd straight road loss dating back to 2007 -- and they still are seeking their initial Pac-12 victory. CU is ranked fairly low nationally in total offense (No. 98 at 335.1 yards per game, No. 11 in Pac-12), averaging just 90.0 yards on the ground, and in total defense (No. 100 at 434.6, No. 11 in Pac-12), allowing 38.3 points a game.
Senior QB Tyler Hansen (160-of-282, 56.7%, 2,029 yds, 14 TD, 5 int in 2011) directs the Colorado offense. He is in the school’s all-time Top 10 charts in passing yards (3,851), pass completions (434), passing TDs (29) and total offense (4,836).
Colorado’s top all-purpose player -- senior TB Rodney Stewart (113 carries, 473 yds, 4.2 avg, 1 TD plus 28 rec, 435 yds, 15.5 avg and 11 kick returns for 239 yds, 21.7 avg and five punt returns, 22 yds, 4.6 avg) -- has been out recently with a knee injury, as has its top receiver in sophomore WR Paul Richardson (29 rec, 474 yds, 16.3 avg, 5 TD). Stewart, who is ninth nationally in all-purpose yards (167.0, third in Pac-12), is second on the CU career lists in rushing yards (3,217) and all-purpose yards (4,311).
The top tackler on defense is senior safety Anthony Perkins (63 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass defensed in 2011), while LB junior ILB Douglas Rippy (62 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks in 2011) is out with a knee injury.
True freshman punter Darragh O’Neill (42.9 avg in 2011) can kick with both feet.
- Information courtesy USC Sports Information