Orms eager to get rolling in 2011

Colorado's Parker Orms tore his ACL during the first quarter of the first game in 2010. Healthy again, he's hoping to be a key part of the CU defense.

BOULDER - As the Colorado football team prepared for its 2010 opener, one of its reasons for optimism was the play of then-freshman safety Parker Orms.

Orms had a great spring in 2010 and followed that up with a great fall camp, earning the starting job at nickel back.

Then, during the first quarter of the first game, Orms tore his ACL on punt coverage. His season was done.

One year later, Orms is ready to start over again.

"I haven't been that happy in a long time," he said of getting back on the practice field this fall.

On Saturday, Orms and the Buffs will play at Hawaii in their opener. No longer a safety and no longer a starter, Orms is still eager to produce.

"I'm expecting to make a big impression on people - coaches, and the whole nation, really," he said. "I just want to play well and help our team win."

Other than the first quarter of the 2010 opener, the sophomore from Wheat Ridge, Colo., hasn't played a live game since 2008, when he was a senior in high school. He redshirted in 2009 and then suffered his injury last year.

He said it feels like forever since he played a game, but added, "It's like riding a bike. Right when you get on, it's the same feelings you get."

For Orms to produce, he'll have to do it from a different position. Instead of playing safety, Orms is listed as the top backup to Greg Henderson at right cornerback.

"It's definitely a different position, but playing nickel last year, I definitely got a lot of practice playing one-on-one situations and stuff like that," he said. "I kind of miss going in there like a safety and making tackles, but I've got to do what the coaches need and that's my best position right now."

Orms, who rushed for more than 2,800 yards as a senior in high school, believes he's got the speed and agility to be a quality cornerback. He also believes his love for tackling stands out.

Orms is also thankful to playing for new secondary coach and defensive coordinator Greg Brown.

"He's the best coach out there," Orms said. "Learning from him every day, he's the smartest coach I know."

Regardless of whether he's a starter or not, Orms knows one thing he'd like to avoid this year.

"I can't get hurt," he said. "It's not even in my mind.

"I hate watching."

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