Team preview: Colorado

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

Colorado took a huge step back in Dan Hawkins' first year, but year two showed plenty of progress in some key areas -- most notably, getting the regular-season record back to .500 and returning to a bowl game. But Hawkins isn't resting on any laurels that piled up in the last 12 months.

"There is a real danger in assuming you won two [game]), then six and that means you will win eight, nine or 10 this year," Hawkins said. "We have to go back to Part A and figure things out all over again. We will be emphasizing all of the little things that make teams great. We have to go back to the basics and all of the tangible and intangible things. We always have to keep evolving and reinventing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve."

Last year, the Buffaloes simply reinvented themselves as a competent team after losing home games to Baylor, Arizona State and Montana State the year before. The first sign that things were going to be different last season came in the season opener against in-state rival Colorado State. The Buffaloes fell behind 28-17 early in the third quarter, but the defense clamped down and blanked the Rams the rest of the way, and the offense rallied to score the final 14 points, including a game-tying field goal by Kevin Eberhart, who then kicked the game-winner from 35 yards out in overtime.