One of the biggest story lines headed into Colorado's 2013 Fall Football camp under Coach Mike MacIntyre has to be the quarterback situation.
Will Connor Wood have the breakout season that many thought he was capable of when he was highly recruited to the University of Texas?
Wood appears to be the definite front runner in the quarterback derby, one that has seen several other competitors leave the race before it even gets started next week.
Coach MacIntyre confirmed that Wood is the quarterback to beat out going into his first fall camp as the Buffs New Head Football Coach.
"Connor is definitely the front runner," MacIntyre said at last week's Pac 12 Media Day. "He showed a lot of promise in the spring and he appears to be gaining confidence in himself and his accuracy has definitely improved."
Wood, in an earlier interview this summer with BuffPlayBook.com, commented on feeling a lot more confident in the new offensive system that MacIntyre and his staff has installed.
"This offense was very easy to pick up, especially compared to the other offense we had last year," Wood said. "This offense has less verb-age, so you are playing faster. It makes me think less and play more to my abilities."
During the spring and even the summer the quarterback position depth chart has been hit hard by transfers and players leaving to concentrate on other things.
Most recently Shane Dillion transferred to play basketball at San Diego, John Schrock is giving up football to concentrate on going to med school and Nick Hirschman who graduated early and is now playing at Akron.
Colorado will enter fall camp with four quarterbacks on its roster, including Wood, Stevie Joe Dorman, Jordan Gehrke and incoming freshman Sefo Liufau. One other signal caller on the roster is dealing with a knee injury and off the field issues, Jordan Webb. It's uncertain if Webb will be available this fall.
During the interview with Wood, he demonstrated a lot of confidence in himself, his teammates and his new coaching staff.
"The chemistry on this team is so much better than it was last year," Wood said. "Everyone is having fun again and this is a great opportunity for me to show what I'm capable of."
The return of standout wide out Paul Richardson from a season ending injury last fall is enough to make Wood smile.
"Having Paul back is going to be huge," Wood said. "All of our wide receivers have worked extremely hard. We are very hungry as a group and as a team. We want to prove to ourselves and to BuffNation that we are much better football team than we showed last season."
Does the lack of numbers at the quarterback position bother MacIntyre?
"No not at all," MacIntyre. "Of course we would like to have more, but we want young men who are committed to being here, that have truly bought in to what we are doing and the fact that hearts are completely in it. We only had three and four quarterbacks at San Jose State. We just have to find the right ones that will make this team better."
Colorado Football players report back to Camp on Monday August 5th and will take to the practice field for the first time on the 6th. All practices are open to the Colorado Fan Base.