The posse approach

An eight-man rotation is generally something discussed in basketball season, but the Colorado defense has it going with the defensive line this fall. It's a group coach Dan Hawkins referred to as a posse this week. Get inside for more.

Eight different defensive linemen have played at least 25 plays for the Colorado defense through the first three games this season, and it appears to paying off with the Buffs ranked No. 7 in the nation in rushing defense.

Fifth-year senior Marquez Herrod is easily the most experienced player in the group, but he has played the seventh most snaps. Only true freshman Chidera Uzo-Diribe has played fewer snaps (28) than Herrod (41).

"He's rolling in there," coach Dan Hawkins said. "It's just that those other guys have been productive. But he is very steady and you know what he is going to do, and he's going to be very consistent that way."

Starters Will Pericak and Curtis Cunningham are the most used defensive linemen so far. Pericak has played 108 snaps, Cunning has played 102. Pericak is the only defensive lineman with more than four total tackles. He has 11.

The Buffs have made eight sacks and two of them have come for the least used defensive linemen. Eugene Goree has one sack to his credit despite playing only five snaps from scrimmage and Tony Poremba has one sack in four snaps.

Sophomore Nick Kass just missed an opportunity for a sack against Hawaii. Forrest West has one sack and Uzo-Diribe has one.

"I think there is a nice posse of eight or so guys that can really roll in there," Hawkins said. "(Defensive line coach Romeo Bandison) hasn't tried to stamp them so much as use them in the right situations. So a lot of those outside guys can play inside. He's done a nice job of mixing that up."


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