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Will the D-line be in shape? MacIntyre told six linemen to lose a combined 100 pounds. They're about 80 percent there with four weeks left before the Sept. 1 season opener. Sophomore tackle Josh Tupou has gone from 340 pounds in January to 312. Senior Nate Bonsu, listed as Tupou's backup, has lost 10 pounds and is down to 285. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, an end, is the defense's best player.
“One of the great things Bill Parcells taught me personally is he’s a phenomenal coach and every coach has his own personality,’’ said MacIntyre. “He pulled me aside one day he said, ‘Mike, learn from me and see the things that I do, but be your own personality.’ The players you’re coaching read that.
1. Mike MacIntyre (Colorado). You can't put into words how great a job MacIntyre did at San Jose State. They were talking about shutting the program down less than a decade ago. MacIntyre got there and pulled a mini miracle. He takes over a Colorado program that is rich in tradition but woefully inept after the tenures of Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree. If MacIntyre can't make Colorado relevant again, maybe it's time to invest more resources into the ski team.
Yes, he said. In the spring he was very impressed with sophomore Christian Powell, the converted high school fullback who appeared to be a stopgap last year when Jon Embree threw him out there as a true freshman. “If he hadn’t gotten hurt,” MacIntyre said, “he probably would’ve gained more than 800 yards.”
The Buffs’ pre-camp roster has been shaken nearly as vigorously as that of the athletic department, which will be under new leadership (Rick George replaces Mike Bohn) for MacIntyre’s debut against Colorado State in Denver on Sept. 1. The fallout on the football side: After possibly having eight quarterbacks to open Tuesday’s first practice, MacIntyre is down to half that number, with attrition also felt at other positions. It’s been an anything but dull January-July span for MacIntyre, but he conceded the other day with a grin, “That’s part of the fun, right? I wouldn’t say it’s all been a shock to the system. I just know that in college athletics or any business really, there are things that come up and you have to be able to adapt to change.
Colorado: The Buffaloes lose Ray Polk, but there's no lack of returning experience here among Josh Moten, Terrel Smith, Parker Orms, Marques Mosley and Jered Bell. But, as we noted with the corners, when you rank last in the nation in pass efficiency defense, it's difficult not to rank a "we'll see."
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"If he is like the next guy and there is a big separation, I'm going to have to have him ready to play," MacIntyre said. "If I feel like another guy can be the second teamer or whatever and I feel like there is not a big separation, then it would be smart on my side to redshirt him. We don't know that yet, but I have thought about that exact question.
Colorado: The Buffaloes welcome back essentially their entire 2012 depth chart at corner, including intriguing young talents Kenneth Crawley, Greg Henderson and Yuri Wright. But the Buffs ranked last in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2012 -- just three interceptions -- which must be accounted for here.
"I think the difference will be we have guys back from injury," Richardson said. "We have better leaders. We have better captains. We have people that know how to lead now. We had people that could have potentially been good leaders, but they didn't really know how to lead.
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To this point, Bakhtiari has been working at left tackle with the No. 2 offensive line behind Bryan Bulaga, and working with the No. 3 offensive line at right tackle behind Marshall Newhouse and Don Barclay. Although Newhouse has taken most of the snaps with the starters for most of camp, Barclay, who is also working as a backup center, was at right tackle for the final no-huddle 11-on-11 period of practice Wednesday. Now, it appears Bakhtiari has injected himself into the competition, much like Josh Sitton did at right guard as a fourth-round pick in 2008. After a strong start in his first camp, Sitton was starting by the third preseason game, and had he not suffered a knee injury, he likely would have been the team’s opening day starter this year.
Each year the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas A&M University evaluates every school in the Football Bowl Subdivision to see which athletic departments are winning the most conference and national titles and spending the least amount of money to do so. Basically, the study says no other major athletic department in the nation did more with less than CU in the past year.