Fall football camp in shorts and helmets are like a dress rehearsal.
It's a teaching time, it allows the coaching staff to make sure that their players have retained what they learned during spring football and that they have stayed in physical shape during summer voluntary workouts.
BuffPlayBook.com visited with Coach Mike MacIntyre and defensive coordinator Kent Baer about the Buffs progress after two days of work.
When asked if he was impressed with any of the newcomers after watching the first day of film, MacIntyre explained his philosophy during fall camps.
"It's a little early yet I call it run around in pajamas," MacIntyre said. "I try not to say anything about anybody for a full week after we go through it and learn it. We will see how they react when the leather starts popping."
New defensive coordinator Kent Baer agreed with MacIntyre.
"It's hard to say in only two days" Baer said. "Everyone is still fresh, we are running around in shorts and helmets teaching them new things. We will know much more once they get in pads."
Baer admitted that he has been impressed with the team's effort.
"I see a lot of effort," Baer said. "Our practices are hard, they go through a lot of reps in one practice. They have to work through it."
Baer has a major goal for the Buffs defense this fall.
"I want to see consistency," Baer said. "I want to build consistency, in the past I don't think they have been a consistent defense. In the spring we weren't as consistent that I wanted us to be. I thought we made stride but it's critical that we consistent in getting the calls, playing in the right scheme, getting lined up right, tackling well and leveraging the football."
MacIntrye was also impressed with the team's effort and energy.
"We missed a few snaps today, but we were working with a couple of freshmen," MacIntyre said. "Overall I thought we did well, we worked hard and got a lot accomplished. We put more of our offense and defense in and they handled that well."
MacIntyre was asked about how much offense would the Buffs would have in for the Colorado State game.
"I wouldn't say that we could put all of it in by the CSU game," MacIntyre said. "It depends on how well we keep grasping it. We aren't behind, we came back with a lot, that was good and has allowed us to go ahead and add some more. We will look at it tonight and see what we are executing the best and if we can add some more we will."
MacIntyre made it clear that coaches have to be careful on installing a new system.
"I'm a true believer that knowledge equals confidence equals playing fast," MacIntyre said. "I think you can overload them and that they slow down. It's very important, its a fine line to make sure we don't do that."
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