Monday marked the first day of two-a-day practices, Buffplaybook.com had the chance to go one on one with senior offensive tackle and captain, Jack Harris to see what he had to say about how the first week of camp has gone so far.
Buffplaybook.com Question: Jack, can you take a second to compare the pace of this year's camp with camp in 2012?
Jack Harris answer: The pace of camp has been a lot faster, getting a lot more plays, you know we're doing two fields. It's just been reps, reps, reps and getting the chance to improve by looking at film. The pace has just been huge.
BPB: Before the departures of David Bakhtiari (who left CU for the NFL after his junior season) and Alex Lewis (transferred to Nebraska), the Buffs were considered to have one of the top O-lines in the PAC12. What can the Buffs do to help fill those holes? And has anyone noticeably shown improvement since last season?
JH: Yeah, I think we all have stepped up since last season. Marc Mustoe (sophomore OT) is really starting to play hard and he clearly took this off-season very seriously, he clearly got stronger and faster and is getting more in the mix. Stephane Nembot (sophomore OT) worked on his technique all off-season and looks really good, and we're just gelling as a team.
BPB: Health will definitely play a pivotal role for the O-line in 2013 after losing some depth. Are you completely injury-free right now, though only a week into camp?
JH: Yeah, I am good besides the normal camp stuff. Besides the normal bumps and bruises of practice everyday, yeah I am good.
BPB: What have you worked on physically to become a better football player in 2013? It looks as if you've slimmed down a bit.
JH: Yeah, in a couple of ways. I was heavier last year, I think I was about 310 lbs, and this camp I'm around 295 lbs. But I feel leaner, I look leaner, and it feels good. I can get out there on days like today and get involved in as many plays as I can. You know, now I can get into about 40 plays in a practice and last year I couldn't do that.
BPB:What are you personally looking to achieve in this upcoming season?
JH: I just want to lead the offensive line, be an example for them, and hold them to a high standard, as well as hold myself to a high standard. I want to make sure that we all achieve our own goals, and I think I kind of need to help everyone do that.
BPB: Would you say that there is an overall team goal for 2013? I know it's a hard question only a week into practice, but what is being emphasized for this year?
JH: We have this idea of caring, this idea of being committed. And a lot of guys are, but there still are guys that, you know, we kind of think need to improve a little bit on that. And that will be a good team goal throughout this camp and for the first two weeks, and if we all do that (stay determined) we'll be ok.
As previously noted, today began the first day of two-a-days leading up to the Rocky Mountain Showdown versus Colorado State University on September 1st. The Buffs are currently a 2.5-point underdog to the CSU Rams, but the team and fans alike are expecting a win. Stay tuned for more coverage of Fall 2013 camp on Buffplaybook.com and definitely check out our nightly radio show at 9:30 PM MT that will break down each day of camp for you.