Buffs Won't Rush Star RB Darrell Scott

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The last thing the Colorado Buffaloes want to do is rush their heralded rusher.

Freshman Darrell Scott, described by some recruiting services as the top tailback in the country last year, will get plenty of chances to make an impact.

But coach Dan Hawkins doesn't want to stunt Scott's progress by putting too much pressure on the young man.

Helping to land Scott in Boulder was sophomore wide receiver Josh Smith -- who is Scott's uncle.

Scott is going through a crash course on his footwork while trying to get acclimated to the altitude as the Buffs seek to bounce back from last year's 2-10 season.

Sophomore quarterback Cody Hawkins threw for more than 3,000 yards last season.

The coach's son has some similar physical traits to Todd Reesing of Kansas: undersized, quick feet, good on the move.

The Buffs return six starters on offense and eight on defense from a team that went 6-7 last year with three losses coming by one touchdown or less.