Days one and two of the 2014 Colorado Buffaloes fall camp is in the books and thoughts, photos, and videos are starting to trickle in. I most likely won't be able to get to any of the practices, but I will try and do these roundups as often as I can. If any of you are going to camp and want to share your impressions please don't hesitate to shoot me an email.
"I think the terminology of the offense is obviously different because we do a different style of football than they did at Auburn," Bernardi said. "But if you sit in the (film) room long enough and you hear things then there is carry over from the technique or the verbiage, because a lot of time the verbiage individually is very similar and he is a smart guy and has played at this level so he understands what is going on."
I'm starting to think Colorado coaches might have found another overlooked playmaker in running back Kyle Evans based on what I've seen in the first four practices of fall camp.
Now don't get too excited here CU fans. Four practices is a pretty small sample size to be judging a true freshman especially when none of those sessions has been in full pads. He is also joining a pretty crowded backfield. So I'd be surprised if he played this year. Why not redshirt him? I'm just saying I like the way Evans runs and I think he has the athleticism to be successful at this level.
Whether or not Callahan will be a member of Colorado's starting offensive line when the season kicks off remains to be seen. But at least the Buffs now know that he can play. The NCAA granted the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Callahan a waiver on Monday afternoon, because of his dad's medical situation, allowing him to play immediately instead of having to sit out a year due to transfer rules.
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Rippy ought to help the Buffs this year, at the very least, on special teams and maybe even on defense. Right now he's playing behind senior Woodson Greer at outside linebacker but he has the opportunity to move up. He could also play inside linebacker if needed. He played there in a different defense at Pitt.
Rippy is one of those guys whom fans expect to immediately take a spot in the starting lineup just because he was once a four-star recruit. I see no reason why he can't eventually become a starter, but right now I think he still has work to do to get there. Rippy and Greer also play a position that isn't on the field as often as the other two linebacker positions are because of all the spread teams on the schedule and the need to play nickel defense.
"I thought they competed well and got after it," MacIntyre said. "We did a lot more aggressive team work, so it taxed them a little bit more. But I was pleased with the way they competed in the 2-minute period which I thought was good . . . we’re getting a lot of special teams individual work done, too, which helps us. "I’m seeing a lot of aggressiveness on the field and a lot of competition," added MacIntyre. "Of course when you get in and watch film you’ll see a lot more things, but I liked the competition and attitude."
Citadel and longtime Colorado athletic administrator Jim Senter have agreed on a deal for him to become the Bulldogs next athletic director, said a person with knowledge of the deal. The person said Senter is expected to be introduced on campus Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced.
Colorado returns four starters along the line from last season but none of them stood out with their play. Callahan could replace left tackle Stephane Nembot after the latter struggled in pass protection last year. Callahan also could be the answer at right tackle. Having his status cleared up going into camp is huge and should allow the coaching staff to pencil him in somewhere to provide an offensive boost.
Excitement aside, don't immediately assume that Shane is an anointed starter. 4-stars or no, he's still got to earn his spot. Offensive terminology will be a hurdle, and anything can happen in the heat of fall camp; position battles are fickle bitches, after all. But it's hard not to get excited when an in-state recruiting miss comes home.
In the annual season-opening Colorado-Colorado State game played on the same turf, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Richardson caught 10 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in what was his first game back after missing the 2012 season with an ACL tear.