Said Bobo: "The Gold team has been talking all week, calling themselves ‘the money team,’ all that stuff. So coming out with the win, letting them eat hot dogs while we get steak, yeah, it’s a good day for us." But who ate in style and who might have left the Dal Ward Athletics Center unsatisfied wasn’t foremost for MacIntyre and his staff at the conclusion of 14 spring practices.
Bobo was the big-play threat for the Black team making two catches that covered more than 40 yards each and scoring a touchdown on 67-yard pass in the first half from quarterback Jordan Gehrke. Bobo caught five passes for 132 yards, averaging 26.4 yards per catch.
Spring practices are completed for the University of Colorado. The players now have a few weeks to get ready for finals, the coaches are off to evaluate high school talent, and the Buff Nation can take a few moments to catch its breath.
How did the Buffs fare in their second set of spring practices under Mike MacIntyre?
So the question came at the end of the Buffs' final practice of spring drills Monday. Is this team more capable of winning games, particularly in the Pac-12 next season? "I sure hope so," MacIntyre said. "I see that we've improved. We got to go do it on those Saturdays, but I definitely see that we've improved and we're getting better. When we add four or five starters who aren't out here all spring into the mix and we have a few more freshmen coming in and a couple of junior college guys, I think we'll be improved."
Senior guard Daniel Munyer is a team captain as well as an appointed position leader. "The leaders have to be accountable for the team," he said, noting that the final half of Monday’s player-run practice "is what we have to have if we want to get better." Munyer said having the coaches present on at least a limited summer basis should mean a better prepared and more well-conditioned squad come August.
In the final week of spring practices, head coach Mike MacIntyre was comfortable in saying Gehrke was genuinely pushing Liufau, but maybe not quite pushing past him. On the field in the moments after Saturday's spring game ended, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Lindgren said he will go into August eager to see more from Gehrke.
"I think the emergence of Jordan Gehrke," Lindgren said when asked what he'll be looking for in August at quarterback. "We were unsure of how he would pick things up coming off of a redshirt. I've been really pleased with the way he played."
"I definitely think I've done a good job," he said. "I just try to go out and commit myself every day, day in and day out, just to really go hard and push (his teammates), as well. If they're better, we're better; if I'm better, we're all better. It's really fun, actually, just getting the chance to compete against someone that already has a spot from last year."
Furthermore, Baer believes Tyler Henington and Derek McCartney, who shared this year’s Dan Stavely spring game award for Most Improved Defensive End, are fitting well into their roles on the defensive front. Junior cornerback Kenneth Crawley also looked solid and is becoming an anchor in the secondary.
"I think they have the speed and the athleticism to be able to make plays," Mac Intyre said. "Of course, they're young. They'll have their ups and downs. But I definitely think they have the athletic ability to do it.
"We have some young guys out there working with the (starters) and they don't have a lot of game experience," Munyer said. "There's only so much you can practice. Once we get those live game reps, we're going to see improvement. I know that. "If you look at our film from the first day of practice to the 12th or 13th practice, I think we've improved tremendously."
Video: Colorado's Bryce Bobo rumbles, stumbles in impressive spring game | Pac-12 - Colorado redshirt freshman wide receiver Bryce Bobo hauled in an impressive pair of catches in Saturday's Black & Gold game.
MacIntyre's squad would be helped by the addition of 4-star dual-threat quarterback Sheriron Jones. Although the 6'2", 180-pounder is still a bit raw, his natural athleticism and ability to improvise would provide a spark to the Buffaloes' offense.