Positional battle of note: Quarterback Sefo Liufau finished out the 2013 campaign as a green quarterback with a lot of promise, but the Colorado coaching staff isn't giving him any hints that the job is his in 2014. Sophomore Jordan Gehrke adds a little more mobility at the quarterback position and is breathing down Liufau's neck.
"The second half of spring he has looked really good," MacIntyre said. "He's looked like old Addison. He's flying. He's running. That conditioning factor and cutting, it shows you how big a deal conditioning makes. He's really looked good the last half of spring. He's taken another step."
Senior receiver Tyler McCulloch’s spring participation has been curtailed by a foot arch problem and what MacIntyre termed a "pinkie turf toe . . . I’ve never seen the injury before." He said the 6-5, 210-pound McCulloch’s only path to healing is through rest: "We decided that it was better to make it now and let him start working in the summer. He’s been biking and doing all that . . . he’s played a lot of football and is a good player, so we wanted to get him 100 percent (for August camp)."
Who's stepped up as a leader? Baer: It's more by example, the way we practice. Chidobe [Awuzie] has done a great job for us in the secondary. I think he's emerged as a leader. Addison Gillam, Kenneth Olugbode at linebacker, Juda Parker on the defensive line. Josh Tupou on the defensive line. They've all shared a role in that. All had some playing time last year. We'll continue to push that as we move forward.
The highlight of Wednesday's practice was wide receiver's coach Troy Walters donning full pads and a helmet and catching a pass against Greg Henderson. Walters won the Biletnikoff Award as a senior wide receiver at Stanford in 1999 before an NFL career.
T104. Colorado (4-8) 2013 explosion plays: 43 (36 pass, 7 run) TDs: 14 pass, 3 run Returning in 2014: 24 (17 pass, 7 run) Lost: WR Paul Richardson (19) Returning: WR Nelson Spruce (7); RB Michael Adkins (6)
A fifth-year senior, Bell figures to have one safety spot locked up. But the competition around him includes Thompson, redshirt freshman Ryan Moeller, true junior Marques Mosley and fifth-year senior Terrel Smith, who missed last season with a shoulder injury. Incoming freshman Evan White, from Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, could be in the mix when he arrives, too.
"When you’ve got a couple of good fullbacks – which I think we do – you’re going to put those guys on the field more often. Some of it has to do with who we’re playing, some of it has to do with who you have. I think we have a couple of guys who can be pretty good at that spot."
The Pac-12 is moving toward a reduction in night football games next season. That’s the good news for fans, teams and officials at the 12 campuses. But the reduction could very well come at a cost: More regional telecasts on the Pac-12 Networks, which potentially could limit availability to viewers throughout the league.
In October, former University of Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan learned that he would be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class. The induction ceremony is April 17. To celebrate, Pasta Jay's is holding a reception in Hagan's honor on Sunday at 3 p.m. CU fans are welcome to stop by at 1001 Pearl Street to congratulate Hagan and enjoy passable appetizers and pizza, "Pasta Jay" Elowsky said Thursday.
While the notion that this year’s draft is packed with talent is a valid point, there is an important note to make when it comes to evaluating Spencer’s position within this pool: Unlike much of the talent in this year’s class, Spencer isn’t a freshman. Dinwiddie is a proven three-year talent and has developed from a role player to a team leader and star.
9. Colorado Assuming 6-6 senior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie recovers fully from his ACL injury, the Buffaloes will have a veteran lineup that will also include rising star Josh Scott, a 6-10 junior forward.
Early 2014-15 Polls ranking Villanova in top 15 - VU Hoops - A great look at a bunch of early Top 25's and where Colorado falls.
Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN - Colorado listed as a ten-seed in Pittsburgh taking on Dayton. Guessing this is assuming Spencer leaves.
Colorado could jump back into the top 15 if point guard Spencer Dinwiddie decides to return for his senior season and fully recovers from his ACL injury. All other key pieces will be back in Boulder next season, but the Buffs were not the same without their dynamic 6'7 leader, and there are varying reports on what his plans are.