Colorado coaches like to give all their young players an opportunity to work with the first teamers in practices. Most prove they're not quite ready and end up with the second or third team on the depth chart.
Then there are freshmen like Kenneth Crawley. The product of Woodson High School in Washington D.C. is quickly proving he's the man to beat for the other starting cornerback job opposite Greg Henderson.
"The way Crawley has been playing and his competitiveness, you know, Kenneth has a chance to do some real good things here. He really does," Embree said after Monday's two-a-day practices.
Crawley, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com rankings in the 2012 class, has made a habit of making plays so far in camp. Embree said he and fellow freshman Yuri Wright always seem to be around the football.
Colorado is preparing for its first scrimmage of fall practices on Saturday. If Crawley shows up well there, he could be tough to beat out with just two weeks to go until game day from that point.
Crawley, who chose jersey No. 2 for his freshman season, is also in the mix to return punts. He has plenty of competition for that job, but he is smooth when it comes to catching and handling the ball.