Spring top 12: Doug Rippy

Colorado football fans have been very excited about the potential of linebacker Doug Rippy once before. It happened back in 2008 when he signed with the Buffs as a highly rated three-star linebacker from Ohio. No one knew three full years would go by before Rippy would solidify a spot at the top of the depth chart. Rippy is No. 3 on our list of the top Buffs of spring ball.

Doug Rippy led the Buffs in tackles this spring making 24 total stops in the three main spring scrimmages combined. Eighteen of those tackles were unassisted.

Rippy also made three tackles for losses and broke up a pass.

College football history is filled with players who produced great numbers in the spring and didn't seem to have a pulse in the fall with the lights turned on and all the best players on the field. But there is every indication to believe Rippy is going to carry things over to the fall.

He has fell in love with football once again after some rough spots earlier in his career. He also has settled in at middle linebacker, a position he really enjoys because it demands a lot of him.

Rippy's versatility might end up being a huge asset in 2011. He has played every linebacker position ( a total of four) that CU has used in its defenses during his time in Boulder and says he has a good feel for what each of the three linebackers in the Buffs' 4-3 defense is supposed to do on each play against different looks.

Colorado coaches from Jon Embree to Brian Cabral to Greg Brown have raved about Rippy's improvement and even teammate Jon Major said following the spring game that there was a "huge difference on and off the field" in Rippy.

So go ahead Buffs fans. Get excited about the linebacker you fell in love with three years ago. He has emerged from a long learning process and looks like a big playmaker ready to be unleashed.

Want to read past editions of the Spring top 12?

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