April 3, 2007

Buffaloes add new element to 7-on-7 drills

Boulder, Colo. -- During some of their 7-on-7 work this week, the Buffaloes have introduced a new element. They have added ladders to the equation, in an attempt to simulate some of the distractions that linemen cause.

"When I went to Florida, they had ladders that were 7-feet tall," head coach Dan Hawkins explained. "I said, 'Yeah, that is a pretty good idea, I like it'.

"7-on-7s are great for working on routes, but anybody can dominate 7-on-7s. You guys know that from the media day [last fall] when you guys dominated 7-on-7s. But I like it (the added element of the ladders) because it is more kind of how football really is."

Cody Hawkins and Nick Nelson continue to complete a good percentage of their passes during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, while Bernard Jackson spends more time at wide receiver. The offensive production continues to be light years ahead of last spring and preseason camp last August.

T-Wheat playing it safe this spring

As has been reported on BuffStampede.com a number of times this spring, Terrence Wheatley is wearing a blue, no contact jersey. The senior cornerback underwent a fourth surgery on his wrist a day after the Buffaloes' final game last November.

"He is a guy that has been around, he's kind of proven," Hawkins said of Wheatley after Tuesday's practice. "It doesn't mean he doesn't need reps, which he is getting in 7-on-7s. But that guy with his wrist, he doesn't need to go full speed and bang people with his situation.

"They are playing around with a different type of brace for him and he had it on for a while. It isn't quite what they want at this point. But we are just trying to be smart with him this spring."

Wheatley was named first-team all-Big 12 as selected by the conference's coaches last season. He recorded 57 tackles, racked up a team-best five interceptions and broke up 11 passes.

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