BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s that time year when optimism is at an all-time high. Just about every college football program thinks this could be the year, and the University of Colorado is no different.

The 2012 Buffs will look a lot different than last year’s squad. Gone are quarterback Tyler Hansen, leading rusher Rodney Stewart, and leading receiver Toney Clemons. That’s just three of the 28 players head coach Jon Embree will be looking to replace.

There will be plenty of new and young faces playing key roles this season.

“I feel good about the direction we’re headed. It’s going to be young talent,” Embree said. “We’ve upgraded our athleticism and our team speed, it’s just whether or not it will it go in the right direction. But I like the kids that we’ve brought in and the leadership with the kids that are coming back.”

The proof will be on the field. Last year CU finished last in the PAC-12 South, and this year their picked to finish in the cellar once again.

Nobody is expecting the Buffs to make waves in the second season in the PAC-12. Well, almost nobody.

“We’re shooting for the top … everyone wants to win the PAC-12, so right now we’re aiming for the top dogs,” offensive lineman David Bahkteri said. “At end of day I see every team as a rival and if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

For me, looking at it, you look to best team and you want to play that team, you want to make that team your rival,” defensive back Ray Polk said. “We look to the best and you expect the best out of your players.”

That’s something Embree has been doing since he was hired as head coach.

Watch more of the video with Jon Embree in the Xfinity Monday Live section.


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