Colorado plays first spring game under Hawkins
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Dan Hawkins era at Colorado began with a trick play -- a 12-yard reverse run to wide receiver Stephone Robinson. It was one of the most successful plays run Saturday at the 80-play spring football game, the first under Hawkins.
"I'm used to scoring a lot of points," the first-year coach said. "So, when you don't see the ball in the end zone, I start to ticking a little bit."
Touchdowns from the offense were at a premium. Both came in the final 15 plays of the spring game, with Robinson running it in from six yards out and Bernard Jackson throwing a 5-yard TD pass to fullback Samson Jagoras.
"I never expect to get shut out," Hawkins said. "You're also happy that the defense is playing good defense. So it's not a question of being happy or disappointed."
The only other time the team got into the end zone is when Robinson returned a punt 59 yards for a score. Robinson also had a 32-yard run on another reverse play.
"He does a great job with the ball in his hands and we need to be able to manufacture ways we can get it to him," Hawkins said of Robinson. "Whether it is quick screen, reverse, punt team."
Robinson had three carries for 50 yards to go with 76 yards on three punt returns and 25 yards on a kickoff return.
As for the quarterbacks, Hawkins said he was not ready to name a starter between Brian White and Jackson. White was 10-for-24 passing for 102 yards while Jackson completed 4-of-8 for 28 yards and was the game's leading rusher with 60 yards.
When asked about a starter for the fall, he said: "We really haven't gotten into that mode. I think we're going to let this thing play out through the summer and get into camp and see we're at coming down the stretch."
The players will report back Aug. 6 with fall camp opening on Aug. 7.
The busiest Buffalo was place-kicker Mason Crosby. Crosby was 7-for-16 on field goal attempts with a long of 56 yards. He attempted and missed field goals of 62, 69 and 70 yards.
"It was for the fans because you have to get something going for them," Hawkins said. "When you can't get the ball in the end zone you've got to give the fans something."
Hawkins got out of the game without any injuries and with a positive outlook for the fall.
"Fundamentally we did some good things this spring," Hawkins said. "Now we have stuff to build on."
Colorado opens its 2006 season at home on Sept. 2 against Montana State.