The Tight end position might be considered a big question mark heading into the 2013 season, with all current TE's on the roster combining for only 22 career catches.
But that in no way means that tight end coach Klayton Adams assumes that Buffs TE's cannot have a huge influence on CU's new fast-paced offense.
Junior tight end Kyle Slavin, sat down with Buffplaybook.com to discuss the gains that have been made so far in 2013 camp, regarding his position group and team progress in general.
Buffplaybook.com Question: Kyle, can you take a second to characterize 2012 Fall camp and this year's camp, though only less than a week in?
Kyle Slavin Answer: The biggest difference would have to be a lot more plays, and has been a lot more physical. We get around 100 plays per team with both groups, and that was not the case with last year's offense. And also, the team physicality has risen a lot.
BPB: Regarding the newly formed coaching staff, with Coach MacIntyre bringing in a lot of his guys from San Jose State, what would you say are some of the differences in how Coach MacIntyre runs camp in 2013 and how former coach Jon Embree did in 2012?
Slavin: Coach Mac is a lot more detail oriented (than Jon Embree) was. MacIntyre looks at college football as a business, so we are taking more notes in meetings, and in general camp has been run much more like a business.
BPB: After the departure of Nick Kasa, it appears as if the tight end position might need a little fine-tuning. Who would you say has emerged from 2012 to 2013 regarding your position group?
Slavin: I think Sean Irwin has made a lot of improvements from last year, he redshirted last year, and I think he will get play for us this year. I also think myself, (Nelson) Spruce, and (Alex) Woodson have been good and consistent throughout camp so far.
BPB: We know that you were also a basketball player in high school, is there any chance of you being a two-sport athlete here at CU?
Slavin: No, not really. I am all about football right now. I always loved basketball, but football has really always been my main priority.
BPB: Talk a little bit about how you have personally got yourself ready for the physicality that you will most definitely see in the powerhouse that is PAC12 football?
Slavin:Oh yeah, definitely yes. You know we do the body fat testing and everything, and I have leaned down in body fat and gained muscle. (Dave) Forman (Buffs strength and conditioning coach) is really good about running technique and everything, so yeah, I am definitely bigger, faster, and stronger than I was heading into camp in 2012.
BPB: Are you in camp 100% healthy?
Slavin: Yes, definitely. Of course there will be those bumps and bruises from the daily grind, but I am 100% healthy.
BPB: Going into the 2013 season, would you say you have any personal goals?
Slavin: Improve off of last year. I had about 14 catches and some good run blocks and good impact blocks, and I want to double or triple those numbers in 2013.
BPB: What about the team's goal for the 2013 season?
Slavin: People and the team in general want to prove that we are not the team we put on the field last year.
Stay tuned for more 2013 Buff's football camp coverage, as well as our nightly radio show at 9:30PM Mountain Time that goes over each and every day at Fall camp.
Christian Koppenhaver contributed to this report.