Posted by Chip Patterson
Colorado head coach Jon Embree wasted absolutely no time making his intentions for the 2011 Buffaloes clear in Colorado's first Pac-12 media day appearance. His will to run the ball became clear from the moment he stepped into the position and hired former Colorado All-American Eric Bienemy as the running backs coach. Embree elaborated on his major goals for the team on Tuesday.
"I want to improve the identity of our program," Embree explained. "I want when people see us play, I want them to understand we're a physical program, physical team. Being able to run the football. I don't think we've run the football like we should.
"When Colorado's been successful in its past, we've been a good running team. And that's what we need to do. I think to be an effective team running the ball, you have to have a physical kind of mindset."
Here are some other highlights from Colorado's time with the media on Tueday:
- Quarterback Tyler Hansen was on hand and expressed his excitement to play in an offensive system closer to the one he ran in high school. The new scheme moves Hansen back under center, rather than mostly working from a shotgun formation. He mentioned having a better opportunity to utilize Colorado's playmakers on the outside.
- Embree is taking Colorado's road issues head-on. it has been 18 contests since the Buffs have won a game on the road, and the new head coach seems determined to resolve that issue as soon as possible. He mentioned changing the preparation and the mindset, for starters.
- When Embree was asked if his staff would be at a disadvantage coming into the conference, he calmly responded: "Well they haven't seen us either." And it's true.