"We need to score more touchdowns and kick less field goals," MacIntyre said. "We're working on some schemes for that and as we keep looking at our team, where are guys that can make plays in those areas?
"Getting the ball in the end zone more is going to be a big goal and key and I think we'll concentrate and work on it and have philosophies there to consistently do that. If you emphasize it, you get results."
The Buffaloes begin their allotted 15 spring days on Friday morning, targeting Saturday, April 12 for their annual wrap-up in Folsom Field. Friday’s first practice and those that follow before spring break ( March 22-30) "should be a lot smoother," said MacIntyre, whose first CU team finished 4-8 overall and 1-8 in the Pac-12 Conference.
Colorado: Colorado must replace Chidera Uzo-Diribe, but Juda Parker is back for his senior season, and several others have game experience. Samson Kafovalu is the likely candidate to start opposite him after making 18 tackles in seven games last year. Jimmie Gilbert was Uzo-Diribe's backup, Kirk Poston and De'Jon Wilson also played.
Mike MacIntyre knew he was signing up for a massive rebuilding project when he moved from San Jose State to Colorado before the 2013 season. Colorado struggled to a 4-8 record, but there was at least one highlight in MacIntyre's debut campaign with the Buffaloes: Richardson caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards. Richardson's production needs to be replaced, and junior Nelson Spruce should help lead the way. Spruce caught 55 passes for 650 yards and four touchdowns last year. He should also get help from senior D.D. Goodson, who is only 5-foot-6 and has been all over the field during his time in Boulder. He played defensive back and running back before moving to receiver. (Hey, versatility is trendy.) Coaches speak highly of Goodson, and he can clearly do a lot. He caught 22 passes for 306 yards last fall.
Colorado: The Buffs return both Kenneth Crawley and Greg Henderson, who topped the final depth chart of the season. Chidobe Awuzie started at nickel and the team also returns Jeffrey Hall, John Walker and Marques Mosley, all of whom appeared on the three-deep depth chart.
From ESPN … Heisman Trophy winning running backs Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and Ricky Williams of Texas are among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.
At 21-9 (10-7 Pac-12) the Buffaloes are a good bet to make the NCAA Tournament following Wednesday's victory. ESPN's Joe Lunardi, who is one of the most respected bracketologists in the country, took CU off the bubble after its 59-56 win over the Cardinal. He has the Buffs as a No. 10 seed, as of Thursday.
The Buffaloes are incredibly disciplined with their close-outs and play excellent defense by moving their feet. They rarely surrender layups or uncontested shots in the paint. As a trade-off, their emphasis on protecting the interior means that good ball movement can create open shots at the three point line.
"Wesley's block was huge," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "That's what Wesley Gordon brings to this team and that's why he's so important to us out there is the defense and the blocked shots."
Trailing 51-50 when Gordon blocked the shot, the ball went right to guard Askia Booker, who took it the length of the court for a layup. That gave CU the lead for good, at 52-51.
Colorado: The Buffaloes moved to 7-6 without Spencer Dinwiddie in the lineup, picking up a win over sputtering Stanford in Palo Alto. Their final game of the regular season is at Cal, which means that the Buffs are probably in a position to withstand a loss. They have five top 50 wins, terrific computer numbers and a win over Kansas. What’s going to determine their standing is how the committee views their performance post-Dinwiddie.
Whereas Arizona has been able to recover at least some measure of the dominance it enjoyed early in the season, Colorado merely has attempted to regain a sense of equilibrium and a position of serious contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. That the Buffaloes have managed both is a credit to coach Tad Boyle and the resiliency of the players, but there’s no doubting a team that once loomed as a serious contender for the Sweet 16 now will be pleased merely to enter and take its best shot.