New OC talks about QB progress at CU

Learning a new offense can always be fun for the football players on the team learning and the coaches who are teaching their system to their players. We got the chance to visit with new Buff OC Brian Lindgren about the progress being made at the quarterback position.

Learning a new offense can always be fun for the football players on the team learning and the coaches who are teaching their system to their players.

From talking to some of the players and visiting with the coaches, it appears that this offensive system is much easier to learn than it was the previous two years.

The players that need to understand and know the in's and out's of the offense is of course the quarterback.

After a summer of attrition at the position, there are four men competing for the position, with another being listed as injured.

BuffPlayBook.com got a chance to visit with Colorado's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Brian Lindgren Thursday evening after the Buffs third practice of fall camp.

"I'm very pleased with the quarterbacks so far," Lindgren said. "The guys did a lot of work over the summer on their own. They have been getting a ton of reps over the past three days, you can tell that they are working hard."

Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre announced at the end of spring practice and going into the summer that former Texas Longhorn quarterback Connor Wood would enter fall camp as the leader at the position.

Wood is currently working with the Buffs First team offense and Lindgren has been pleased with work and improvement.

"Connor finished spring really well," Lindgren said. "He took some confidence from that with him throughout the summer. He came into camp and picked up where he left off from the spring."

Not only is Wood picking up the offense, he commented earlier this summer on how much easier this system was for him and the rest of the Buffs quarterbacks.

"It's so much easier to understand," Wood said. "This offense allows the quarterback not to have to think as much, we can go out and perform faster because we aren't over thinking things."

Lindgren has also been impressed on how Wood has stepped up as the team leader since the spring and into the summer.

"He has taken a leadership role with the offense," Lindgren said. "The guys are responding to him. They know hard he has worked. He has been pretty sharp for the first few days of practice so far."

Behind Wood, the only other Buff QB to return to fall camp from last year's team is sophomore Stevie Joe Dorman. It appears that Dorman is stepping up his game as well.

"He has been here on the team, Stevie has been really accurate the first couple of days of practice," Lindgren said. "He has thrown for the highest completion percentage of all the quarterbacks this fall. I'm very pleased with the progress he has made."

After Wood and Dorman there are two new faces throwing the ball for the Buffs this fall.

Junior College transfer and sophomore Jordan Gehrke and true freshman Sefo Liufau.

"The two new guys, Sefo and Jordan Are still learning the system," Lindgren said. "They are picking it up very quick. We are very pleased that we recruited them, they are everything we thought they would be. They are great, great character guys, accurate passers and it's just a matter of learning the system so they can be comfortable playing in the offense."

BuffPlayBook.com will continue taking a look at all of the positions and their progress throughout Fall Camp 2013.


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