As Fall Camp nears, the Buff's football team continues to grind in voluntary summer practices, anxiously waiting for new Head Coach Mike MacIntyre to take over in August. With a new system and set of coaches, Coach MacIntyre's players are currently focusing on their fitness.
Starting Sophomore Defensive Tackle, Tyler Henington, feels as though the football team with the addition of new strength and conditioning coaches are getting in much better shape than last year.
"A whole year in college, that's a lot," said Henington. "A lot happens between freshman and sophomore year, physically. Especially with this new coaching staff, and new strength coaches, we feel like we are getting a lot stronger and faster."
Tyler Henington believes he and his fellow Defensive Line are going to put on a good show in the Pac-12 this upcoming season, especially 6'3, 250 lb, Senior Defensive End Chidera Uzo-Diribe.
"The D line is looking good," Henington explained. "Chiddy looks fast, and real strong, I'm excited to see him play. Then we got three others; myself, Josh Tupou and Samson Kafovalu, were looking good. I am excited to see how we are going to compare in the Pac 12."
The Colorado Buffaloes' football program expects to be more competitive this year in the Pac-12 under new football Coach MacIntrye. The only question being: how good? After a disappointing season and one conference win in 2012, Tyler and the rest of his teammates are hungry for more.
"I think we are going to do real well. A lot better than last year," Henington believes. "I think we have improved as a whole team, we are really starting to click. And with the new coaching staff I think we are going to have a good shot. We are going to play really well."
For the Buff's to be competitive in the Pac-12 this year, the defense has to be solid up front and create momentum. While getting bigger the Buff's are also getting quicker, making sure the defense is well versed. After finishing last in team interceptions and second to last in sacks in 2012, a more polished defensive line offers better opportunities for the secondary and linebackers to make big plays.