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BOULDER — Mustafa Johnson works out at the CU athletic facilities every morning at 9 a.m. with his group of 10-15 teammates. 

When he arrives at the facilities, his temperature is taken and he's asked if he has any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. When he's cleared, he's allowed to enter the building. A strength coach is waiting for him and his teammates with a workout plan of calisthenics and lifts.

The entire CU roster is broken into these small groups and each group has its own window of time to use the facilities. While the groups stay the same, the strength coaches rotate the groups that they work with every day.

In the afternoons, small groups of players link up to practice sections of the playbook.

"I really haven't skipped a beat," Johnson, a senior defensive lineman, told reporters Wednesday. "I've been running, doing all my training even with all of this COVID going on."

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BOULDER — In a sit-down meeting with former Colorado offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic last summer, William Sherman learned that he would be moving to right tackle for the 2019 season. Sherman, who played left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2018, had been replaced by Oklahoma State transfer Arlington Hambright.

Now, Hambright is playing for the Chicago Bears and Sherman is moving back to the left side of the line.

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BOULDER — Plenty of questions surround the Colorado Buffaloes as they head into the 2020 season, ranging from “How will the new coaching staff handle a shortened offseason?” to “Will there even be a season?” But only one question has existed for years: “Who will be Colorado’s opening day starting quarterback in 2020?” Steven Montez broke out with a 333-yard performance…...

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BOULDER — A pair of University of Colorado football players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report. The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala tweeted Thursday that two CU football players have tested positive since the Buffs began testing last week. The Pac-12 allowed athletic facilities to re-open amid the pandemic on July 15. CU implemented procedures for the reopening that…...

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BOULDER — Back at UCLA, Karl Dorrell ran a West Coast offense that often featured heavy personnel. The Bruins' offense bullied opponents up front with fullbacks and multiple tight ends.

Now Dorrell is the head coach of the Buffs but his new offensive coordinator, Darrin Chiaverini, doesn't expect to see the same heavy sets from the Buffs this season.

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BOULDER — During a typical college football camp, whether it’s the fall version or the spring version, coaches and players talk to reporters after practice.

In these conversations, players and coaches often mention who stood out to them in practice. Over the course of a six-week camp, some names are brought up over and over again, while others fade away. These trends oftentimes go a long way toward predicting who is ready to take a big step forward.

Back in 2018, for example, the guy that nobody could stop talking about was then-unknown wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.

With no spring camp in 2020, reporters haven’t been able to piece together themes from these dozens of conversations. But, after talking to head coach Karl Dorrell, both coordinators and six assistant coaches last week, one name just kept popping up: Chris Miller.

BOULDER — Colorado's defense went through a rough patch: For 14-consecutive games, from October 2018 through November 2019, the Colorado defense allowed at least 30 points to its opponent.

Tyson Summers took over as defensive coordinator prior to the 2019 season, which means he oversaw nine of those games.

"One of the biggest things that jumped out to me watching film as the season progressed, we really tried to continue to never lose our focus or fundamentals," Summers told reporters last week. "We had a lot of moving parts, I would say that. A lot of that came because we had a lot of moving parts within our roster, particularly in the secondary. At the end of the season, we were playing the majority of our downs with three true freshmen and that can have its set of challenges."

But then, in early November, Summers' defense held Stanford to 13 points, the fewest points allowed by Colorado since the Buffs played Texas St. in September 2017. Then, the next week, the Buffs held Washington to 14.

So what changed?

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BOULDER — Taylor Embree was in a position that young football coaches dream of. He was working under Kyle Shanahan, one of the brightest offensive minds in the sport. As a quality control assistant, he was working closely with George Kittle, the best tight end in the NFL. He had just coached in a Super Bowl as a 31-year-old. Oh,…...

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BOULDER — If you look at Chris Wilson's resume, four years stick out.

Wilson, 51, is a veteran coach. His career started in 1993 with Indiana State and he's worked at Northern Illinois, Illinois State, Army, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Georgia, USC and now — for the second time — Colorado.

But from 2014-19, Wilson didn't coach college football.

What did Wilson do instead?

An outsider would probably point to the Super Bowl ring he earned as a defensive line coach, or bring up the handful of Pro Bowlers he worked closely, including Fletcher Cox who was a first-team All-Pro under Wilson.

Wilson describes those years differently.

"I got a Ph.D. in football," he told reporters Thursday. "That's what I did for the last four years."

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes released their first depth chart of 2020 last week.

Typically, the first depth chart is released after spring camp, when the coaches have a sense of what their team is going to look like for the season. This year, there was no spring camp, so the caveats with the "pencil" depth chart CU released are numerous.

But, with that in mind, here's a look at the depth chart.

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BOULDER — Colorado's football program will have a new look this season.

Karl Dorrell is replacing Mel Tucker as head coach, he's implementing a new offensive scheme and there will be a new quarterback running the offense. 

To make matters tougher, Colorado's entire spring football season was canceled.

It'd be safe to assume that the Buffs are behind their expected pace, right?

“I would say I don't think I am behind at all," Dorrell told the media Monday afternoon.

That sounds crazy considering the circumstances but give the coach a minute or two to explain himself and maybe he'll convince you as he convinced me.

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It's been a weird, long offseason.

To recap incredibly quickly:

Mel Tucker
Steve Sarkisian
Karl Dorrell
COVID-19
Antonio Alfano
A Buffs-led protest
etc.
With so many things happening, and none of them involving actual on-the-gridiron football, we haven't heard much from new head coach Karl Dorrell about what he thinks about his team, football-wise.

Well, that just changed. Monday afternoon, in a conference call with local media, Dorrell explained what he saw when he turned on his team's 2019 tape and what needs to change.

“There are a lot of good things, particularly towards the end of the season," Dorrell said. "I felt like the last four games of the year offensively, we were playing smarter. I think our defense really started to find themselves a little bit toward the end of the season where they played pretty well. There has been some good individual play along the way."

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes hosted a march through Boulder Friday morning. Participants gathered at the intersection of College Avenue and 13th Street just before 9 this morning to protest the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by police officers last week. Just after 9, Buffs head coach Karl Dorrell made the following remarks: Wide receiver…...

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes are organizing a march through Boulder Friday morning. The Buffs extended an open invitation on social media Thursday, and are asking that marchers arrive at the intersection of College Avenue and 13th Street by 8:45 a.m. Masks are required. Marches and protests have been organized across the United States over the last nine days following…

BOULDER — The odds of a full college football season are growing by the day but there are still plenty of question marks. “I am more optimistic today than I was last time we talked about having sports in the fall,” University of Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a call with the media last week. Now, more people…...

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BOULDER — The day finally came: Antonio Alfano is no longer a Colorado Buffalo.

BuffZone.com's Brian Howell reported Friday morning that Alfano is no longer enrolled at CU and is no longer a part of the Buffs' football program. Alfano first joined the Buffs in January as a transfer from Alabama and was suspended indefinitely in early March for violating team rules.

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6/15

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The Pac-12 is allowing member programs to begin in-person, voluntary athletic workouts on June 15, according to a conference press release Tuesday afternoon. Schools will still be required to follow state and local regulations regarding in-person gatherings.

Student-athletes at Pac-12 member universities, including Colorado, will be allowed to do strength and conditioning work at team facilities. Student-athletes can work in small groups in the weight room or using other team facilities but larger groups will still be required to work online.

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The University of Colorado’s Boulder campus will be open this fall, according to a letter from school chancellor Phil DiStefano. DiStefano emailed the letter to all of the school’s faculty, staff and students Tuesday morning. Among the key points are: Classes will begin on-campus on Aug. 24 and last until Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, students will remain at home to finish the…

BOULDER — There’s a new reason for college sports fans to feel hopeful. The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift its moratorium on voluntary workouts for three sports. Football players, as well as men’s and women’s basketball players, will no longer be violating NCAA policy if they work out at team facilities, starting June 1. The council will…...

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