Fall Camp Recap: Colorado

With the season opening week of college football upon us, Devils Digest queried the publishers of some of ASU's 2013 opponents to get an assessment of how their respective teams have fared in the preseason. Next up is a fall camp recap of Colorado by BuffPlayBook.com Publisher, James Bryant.

Coming out of fall camp how would you assess the team's offense?

Bryant: Going into fall everyone realize that our running attack with several of our top guys returning should be much improved this season. While we can't report on specific things we have seen from practices, it's obvious the running attack is going to be fine. With Christian Powell and Tony Jones and some younger talent, this group will definitely be a team strength.

The return of wide out Paul Richardson from injury last fall will definitely help new No. 1 quarterback Connor Wood. Wood, a former University of Texas QB and a four star athlete coming out of high school has done a good job taking command of the position, from a playing standpoint as well as a leadership one.

Coming out of fall camp how would you assess the team's defense?

Bryant: That's probably one of the biggest question marks for Colorado fans. We now have a veteran PAC 12 Defensive Coordinator in Kent Baer, he is an old school guy that stresses consistency in all phases of the defense. The Buffs are definitely going to be more fundamentally sound than the last two years.

Now it will be interesting to see how that relates to win.

Depth will definitely have to be an area of concern for Colorado fans, I expect the young secondary to play much better than in years past.

For Colorado to be very good defensively this fall, this team must stay healthy.

With the 2013 season about to begin, what do you think is the team's biggest strength and what is its biggest concern?

To me this team's biggest strength is the positivity that the new coaching staff has brought to this team.

Bryant: Coach Mike MacIntyre and his coaching staff are all about rebuilding this team's confidence, which is badly needed after a 1 win season last fall. This staff has made it's mantra about teaching and building confidence instead of screaming, yelling etc. How this team performs in the new offensive system will be key to its success. If Connor Wood has a good season, look for this offense to put up good numbers, how many wins that will relate to, no one is for sure at this point.

Biggest concern has to be the lack of depth and playing in a tough high powered offensive PAC 12 Conference. It will definitely be interesting to see if the Buffs defense is much improved.

Which players were some of the bigger surprises on both sides of the ball?

Bryant: This one's easy, for Sefo Liufau, a true freshman to be the No. 2 quarterback is impressive. He has been solid during fall camp and could see action this fall. Other newcomers that will see action is defensive back Chidobe Awuzie, he is a true freshman that will see some playing time at the nickel back position.

Others expected to compete is Jimmie Gilbert and Addison Gillam.

With the current status of the team what in your opinion is a realistic prediction in terms of W-L record?

Bryant: It all depends on the first two ball games, if Colorado fails to win against Colorado State in Sunday's opener it could be a long season again. This is a young team that has confidence issues after a 1 win season last year. Early success is critical for this ball club. I think if they win their first two they have a chance to win 4 or 5 for the year, if for some reason Colorado could win 6 and be bowl eligible, MacIntyre will be the PAC 12 Coach of the Year.

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