Ok, so nothing could be further from the truth, but for one day, Dan Hawkins made me sound like a genius. One day after proclaiming that the Buffs needed to name a starter at quarterback, the CU head coach took the first step in heeding my advice by admitting that his son Cody has a slight lead over Nick Nelson, as Tom Kensler reports http://www.denverpost.com/ci_6630301.
While a starter will not be determined until after next Saturday’s scrimmage, and that leaves plenty of time for Nelson to win the job or Hawkins to lose the job (the latter obviously not the preferred way to go for Buff fans), it looks like the job will go to Hawkins.
Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo elaborates on why he believes that Hawkins is the man for the job. http://www.buffzone.com/blogs/buffzone-sports/2007/aug/15/hawk/
Regardless of the selection, the coaches are doing what is needed. While game-planning occurs on a week-to-week basis, offensive continuity and comfort is established by endless repetition. The sooner the coaches choose a starter, the sooner the Buffs will find a grove on the offensive side of the ball. Whether it was Hawkins or Nelson, the first-team offense needs to start getting more repetitions with the same man under center. An offense is a synergistic unit—all of the pieces need to work well together for the machine to run smoothly. Baring a complete collapse, look for Hawkins to be under center on September 1.
And while it’s impossible to determine how Hawkins will play, it’s hard to imagine a better leader for the team. Anyone who has seen Hawkins interact with his teammates knows that he has a special personality. Call it infectious; call it unexplainable…but Hawkins best attribute as a quarterback may be his personality. And as CU tries to reestablish itself as a winner, it’s hard to imagine a better individual to lead the way in 2007.