Tag:Jon Major
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:47 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Colorado

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Colorado.

Spring Practice Starts: March 10

Spring Game: April 14

Returning starters: 6 offensive, 6 defensive, 2 specialists

Three Things To Look For:

1. Can the Buffs find a quarterback? After four years as an off-and-on starter, Tyler Hansen has (finally?) graduated and left Jon Embree with the first quarterbacking decision of his young Colorado tenure. The job was expected to be a spring battle -- and possibly a fall one -- between sophomores Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman, but after offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot, Hirschman amazingly broke the same bone in his right foot last weekend and will miss all of spring drills. As the only quarterback on the Buff roster to have taken a collegiate snap, Hirschman might have been the slight favorite, but now that honor falls to Wood as he duels redshirt freshmen John Shrock and Stevie Joe Dorman. From Wood's perspective, spring camp will be a key opportunity to put some distance between himself and Hirschman before the latter returns for fall camp. But for Embree, who winds up winning hte job will be less important than that someone does--and that process starts this weekend.

2. Are there any playmakers out there? If Embree's going to improve on 2011's 92nd-ranked offense, he's going to have to do it the hard way--in addition to Hansen, the Buffs have also lost leading rusher Rodney Stewart and four of their top five receivers, including starting tight end Ryan Deehan. The cupboard isn't bare -- rising junior receiver Paul Richardson and one-time highly regarded tight end recruit Nick Kasa both look poised for breakout seasons -- but it remains to be seen if any of the candidates at running back or any others at receiver or tight end are ready to become serious Pac-12 contributors. Given that whoever wins the quarterback job is going to experience some growing pains along the way, any help Embree can find for his future QB (or QBs) is going to be something valuable indeed.

3. Front seven: same question? The good news for the Colorado defense is that things can't get a lot worse than last year's 114th-place finish in yards per-play allowed (or the 102nd-place finish in total D) no matter what personnel they do or don't return. The bad news is that improvement will nonetheless have to come without their best defensive player in 2011, linebacker Josh Hartigan, who led the team in both sacks and tackles-for-loss on his way to Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors. (No Buff defender made either the league's first or second teams.) As with the offense, there's several promising pieces for Embree to work with: senior nose tackle Will Pericak, junior defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe, and linebacker Jon Major should all be capable of spearheading a step forward. But for the Buffs just to reach respectability in the rushing defense department -- a year after giving up the nation's 112th-worst mark per-carry -- someone (or several someones) will have to be more than "promising," and more like Hartigan.

To check in on the rest of the Pac-12 and other BCS conferences, check out the Spring Practice Schedule

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Injuries killing Colorado

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Dan Hawkins' grip on the head coaching job at Colorado is tenuous at best considering the lack of success he's had running the program, and he sure isn't getting any help on the injury front these days.  Earlier this season the Buffaloes lost their leading tackler, Anthony Perkins, to a torn ACL in a loss against Missouri.   It's the type of injury that certainly doesn't help you win games, but it is one that could be overcome.

The injuries that the Buffs suffered this weekend, however, may not be.  During it loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Colorado lost quarterback Tyler Hansen for the rest of the season when he had to be hospitalized following the game thanks to a ruptured spleen.   Hansen will be replaced by former starter Cody Hawkins, who happens to be Dan Hawkins' son.

So, in other words, the fate of Dan Hawkins is on the shoulder of his son.  No pressure, kid!  You throw that interception and daddy will be fired, and there will be nothing under the Christmas tree for you this year.

Making matters worse, it looks like the Buffaloes may have lost their new leading tackler for the rest of the season as well.  Linebacker Jon Major suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the fourth quarter on Saturday.  While it's possible he may return before the season is over, it's just as likely that he won't.

"I`m not really sure on the big decisions on it right now," Major said. "Probably do that next week. So just icing it right now."

Hey, it could be worse.  You could have ruptured your spleen.  Or you could be Dan Hawkins.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:31 pm
 

It's getting morbid in Athens

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This has been a nightmare season for the Georgia Bulldogs.  The team is 1-4 -- with a lone victory against Louisiana-Lafayette -- on the season, and 0-3 in SEC play, leading many to wonder if Mark Richt is going to survive after the season is over.  Still, things were supposed to get better last weekend.

Wide receiver A.J. Green was returning following a four-game suspension, and he was going to help the Bulldogs offense get over the hump.  And he did.  Green was fantastic in his first game back, making seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns -- including a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter.

Still, even Green's return couldn't heal a team that just seems snakebit in 2010.  The Bulldogs were on the verge of beating Colorado on Saturday night, but fate can be extremely cruel.  Trailing 29-27 in the closing minutes the Bulldogs were driving down the field and on the verge of kicking a field goal that would have given them the lead, and in all likelihood, a victory that may have helped turn the tide of their season.

The Bulldogs were already within field goal range when Aaron Murray took a snap and turned to hand the ball off to Caleb King, but Colorado linebacker B.J. Beatty met them both at the exchange and knocked the ball loose, holding King back while Jon Major jumped on the ball.

That was it.  Game over, but to Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, it felt like something much worse.

“I thought it was a shoo-in; that’s how comfortable I was [about winning the game]. I put my helmet down. I was ready to run on the field and celebrate. But it didn’t happen that way. We made a fatal mistake, and that type of stuff needs to be corrected. We cannot turn the ball over at the end of the game. It felt like death to me. We have to keep grinding and support each other.”

And there are still seven games -- or funerals -- left to go.
 
 
 
 
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