Defense shines as Buffs resume practices

The Colorado football team resumed spring practices Monday in an icy cold breeze following 10 days off for spring break. Get inside for coach Jon Embree's impressions of the first session back and other notes.

"It was a really good practice by the defense, a real good practice," Colorado coach Jon Embree said. "I was very encouraged to see them come out and respond and they got some turnovers. They were really sharp."

The Buffs practiced for about 21/2 hours today with the final hour becoming a torture test of cold and wind, especially considering the team was in shorts.

Embree said everyone made it back to campus from spring break with no problems or issues.

During the break, Embree reviewed video of the first scrimmage and came away feeling like the offense has to get better throwing the ball.

"It's the little things," he said. "It's nothing that's a scheme thing. It's just guys understanding how to do some things, attacking coverages. I was happy with the quarterbacks, how they took care of the football and got us in and out of the huddle. They did a good job of really running the offense."

On the defensive side of the ball, Embree singled out defensive tackle Conrad Obi for praise. Embree said Obi has moved into the starting lineup. That fact should get CU fans excited because if there is one player on the defensive side of the football who definitely looks the part, it's Obi. Kid is a beast.

Embree also mentioned Doug Rippy as a defender who played well.

* Embree said that center Shawn Daniels and defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe practiced for the first time this spring on Monday. Defensive lineman Nick Kasa also returned to practice.

"He looked really good, too," Embree said of Uzo-Diribe. "It was good to have him out here. I know Kanavis will sleep better tonight."

* If ever there was a day to make use of the practice bubble for the first time this spring, it was Monday. The temperature dropped dramatically during the last hour of practice and the wind had players jumping around on the sidelines trying to stay warm. Even Embree had his sleeves on his sweatshirt pulled down over his hands.

"I thought I was going to be OK," he said. "I forgot what it's like when that sun hits the mountain. I got to get reacquainted with that."

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