When Colorado has the ball: Stevie Dorman will take over the reigns of the Colorado Buffalo offense this year. He has a decent arm, not elite, but can get the job done. Look for a lot less option offense, and more of a pro-style as Stevie doesn’t have the legs of Hirschman, and he does not have a very solid backup. Nick Herron, the former five star halfback, will look to take over for Kenny Bassette, the all purpose back who ran for over 1000 yards last year. After trying to transfer last year, Herron will have around 25 carries each game, and will likely be hurting the next day. Malcolm Greer, the starter from 2 years back, will back Herron up, and will likely be a 3rd down back, bringing in terrific speed. Greer will excel in the return game this year. Reggie Gardner, the 4th year starter, and Isaiah Goins will be the two split ends, with 3rd year starter Nelson Spruce playing a lot of slot. Look for us to get Gardner the ball as much as possible in space, because he can make guys miss and can make plays. Isaiah is Mr. Reliable and will get the ball a lot on 3rd down. This group will have to play well if we want to get back to the Pac-12 Championship game. The offensive line is so-so. The tackles will be the leaders of the line, and the Center, Sr. Alex Kelley will anchor the line. Expect the Buffaloes to try to pound the ball between the tackles, and let Herron try to make a move at the 2nd level. The depth is not good on the line, so if one goes down, the whole group is going to suffer. When Colorado is on defense: Sr. Alex Thompson will anchor the defensive line. Being one of only two seniors on the entire starting defensive side of the ball, this squad will look to him for leadership. Converted DE to DT, Jon Hart will play beside him. Hart started last year, so he has some experience, but he was not very productive. We are hoping he picks it up this year. Starting at the ends are sophomore Jeremy Bell and the other senior, Brady Deigh. Expect Deigh to get almost double digit sacks this year, as he is extremely fast off the edge. Overall, this group is going to be the rock ofthe whole defensive unit. Ballhawking Sophomore William Larson will lead the linebackers. He had an outstanding 1st year, and was almost the Alumni Nation Freshman of the Year. He will be accompanied by true Freshman Dallas Alvarez and Junior Jeremy Lawrence. This group will have to step up and wrap up, because if the ball gets behind these guys on a run, the chances of the Buffalo secondary making a tackle are slim to none. The secondary is our youngest group of them all. Jason Redd, Nate Myers, and John Hall will be making the starts at CB this year. All of them are Sophomores, and all of them are not very good. If a team would like to beat the Buffaloes this year, they need not look any farther than attacking this secondary. These cornerbacks will have to grow up fast. Jr. LaRon Ford will start at FS and true freshman Matt Harvey will start at SS for the Buffaloes. Season Prediction: Although we would like to do better, this team will be a lot like last years'. They will struggle mightily against the throwing teams, but hopefully can pull out a couple upsets along the way. The way our out of conference schedule looks, I will be extremely happy with a 9-3 regular season, but will likely go around 7-5 again, and hopefully at least another Holiday Bowl victory.