Buffs wrap up spring ball

Quarterback Connor Wood threw two touchdown passes and the CU offense scored five touchdowns during the shortest spring game in recent memory at Colorado. With many of the starters on defense being held out of action because of injuries, coaches scaled back this year's game dramatically, but it still served its purpose.

If Nothing else was accomplished Saturday, fans and media members were able to see Connor Wood in action for the first time and also were able to judge just how badly depleted the roster is at this point.

Let's not sugarcoat it. If the Buffs had to go into the 2012 season with the roster of available players Saturday, they might go winless. Fortunately, coaches still don't have to finalize a game plan for 41/2 months and in the intervening time they will welcome back a slew of injured players along with a class of nearly 30 freshmen.

Those additions will help immensely, but it still figures to be another season filled with growing pains in 2012.

Coach Jon Embree left the field after his second spring game as head coach feeling good about what he saw from Wood, aside from a few mistakes and overthrown passes.

"I thought he did a good job with his decision making," Embree said of Wood. "That's always the No. 1 thing with the quarterback is his decision making, and I thought he was better with his accuracy on the shorter passes."

Wood completed seven of 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yard connection with wide receiver Jarrod Darden that was probably the play of the day.

"After 15 practices, I think I've done well, but there is still room to improve every day," Wood said.

Embree stopped short of saying Wood had put himself in position to start fall camp in August at the top of the depth chart. Coaches are eager to get sophomore Nick Hirschman back from foot surgery and see what he has to offer. Remember last August coaches said Hirschman was just a notch below senior Tyler Hansen. Hirschman suffered his first foot injury midway through camp and hasn't been fully healthy since.

Running back Josh Ford rushed for 141 yards, giving him two consecutive 100-yard spring games. But Ford did all of his damage against a severely depleted defense and some of his runs came against third and fourth-string players. Ford is a hard runner and guy who gives great effort each day, but considering he wasn't able to build on his big spring game last year, it's probably not worth fans getting too excited over what they saw from him Saturday.

Embree said although the Buffs will be young and must rely on a lot of freshman in the fall, he still believes the program can have a successful season.

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