Backup QBs Hansen, Clark tell Boulder paper they plan to redshirt

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There might be a reason why Colorado coach Dan Hawkins stuck with his son, Cody, as his starter throughout the Buffaloes' loss to Colorado State last night.

Backup quarterbacks Tyler Hansen and Clark Evans both have told the Boulder Camera they plan to try to redshirt this season in order to give them an additional season of eligibility.

Hansen told the Camera that he will remain the backup and is willing to play if there is an injury.

And Evans also said he would like to redshirt with freshman Seth Lobato ready to play in any lopsided Colorado games.

Hansen's announcement is interesting considering that Dan Hawkins repeatedly maintained all summer of the close competition for the starting job. I can't believe that Cody Hawkins is that much better than him.

Hansen is a sophomore. If he doesn't play this season, he would have three more seasons left to play. And Evans is a freshman, giving him four years of eligibility left.

But Cody Hawkins was the least of the Buffaloes' troubles last night in the Colorado State loss. He wasn't responsible for the struggling offense game, or the big plays that the defense allowed. And his lack of a deep receiving target was the major reason that Colorado's offense look plodding against the Mountain West Conference opponent in their opener.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. But it sounds like Hansen and Evans both have realistic appraisals of where they stand and are making contingency plans to maximize their chances to play in the future.