There are four freshman tailbacks on the Colorado roster this season, but don’t expect any of them to take much playing time away from Rodney ‘Speedy’ Stewart.
The junior from Westerville, Ohio, has been solid so far early in fall camp and he is coming off a season in which he received honorable mention All-Conference accolades from the league’s coaches.
Stewart has eight career 100-yard games under his belt including five in the final nine games last season when he ran for 804 yards. The only other player with more yards to his credit than Stewart’s 1,426 entering his junior season was Eric Bieniemy, the program’s all-time leading rusher.
If anyone figures to bite into Stewart’s playing time this season, it would be fellow junior Brian Lockridge, who is one of the fastest players on the team. Lockridge also returns kickoffs. He took one 98 yards for a touchdown last season at Oklahoma State.
Other tidbits from camp:
Colorado place-kickers are aiming their kicks at a skinny target. Coach Dan Hawkins is using goal posts at one end of the field that are 6-feet closer together than regulation size posts. He hopes to produce better overall accuracy from his kickers. The Buffs have made only 16 of 35 field goal attempts over the past two seasons combined.
USC transfer Travon Patterson has missed the first four days of practice while the school works with the Pac-10 Conference to clear him to play. The conference rules say that players transferring within the league must sit out a year. CU joined the conference in June but does not begin play in the Pac-12 until 2011 at the earliest.
Colorado practices in full pads for the first time Monday and has its first two-a-day practices scheduled for Tuesday.