BOULDER - Tyler Hansen did all he could to impress the University of Colorado coaches.
It was enough to land him the starting quarterback job.
CU released its first depth chart of the fall on Saturday and Hansen, who has worked with the No. 1 offense throughout camp, topped Cody Hawkins at quarterback.
"It feels really nice and I'm looking forward to it," said Hansen, who was informed of the decision on Friday. "It's a challenge."
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior took over for Hawkins as the starting quarterback for the final seven games of 2009. Hansen also came out of spring ball atop the depth chart.
CU made it an open competition for the fall, however, because Hawkins has 28 starts under his belt. This is the first time since 2006 that Hawkins will not be the starter at the beginning of the season.
Following the team's scrimmage on Thursday, both quarterback, head coach Dan Hawkins and offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau expressed how well both players had performed throughout camp.
Dan Hawkins reiterated that on Saturday.
"I think their numbers are way above what we've done before," coach Hawkins said. "That's due to a lot of factors, but we're getting pretty efficient play out of our quarterbacks and you've got to have that."
The coach also commended both players for how they've handled the quarterback battle.
"We have two really good ones, you know, and we're very fortunate that way," coach Hawkins said. "They both have not been in an enviable position, but they've both handled it great, the whole time. We'll need both of them. Cody's got to be ready."
Hansen, who has nine career starts, is eager to go into the season as the starter. The Buffs play Colorado State on Sept. 4.
"It feels really good," he said. "Two weeks is a lot of time and you can do a lot of thinking and get your mind right for the game."
Perhaps the biggest surprise from Saturday's depth chart was at outside linebacker. Junior Tyler Ahles is listed as the starter ahead of senior B.J. Beatty, who started 10 games in 2009.
Coach Hawkins said that was a neck-and-neck battle, but said he's been impressed with Ahles.