With his season opening debut as the new Head Football Coach at the University of Colorado less than 10 days away, Coach Mike MacIntyre is leaving no detail or stone unturned.
His Buffaloes completed it's fifth two-a-day practices yesterday and followed it up with a spirited practice this morning as the Buffs continue its prep for their season opener on September 1, 2013 against in-state rival Colorado State.
"Our timing is getting better," MacIntyre said. "Defensively we are working on tackling and getting our gap fits right, over and over."
MacIntyre's first fall camp at Colorado has been grueling with the Buffs completing practice No. 22 today.
"I'm very pleased with the efforts of my team," MacIntyre said. "They have gone through this grind in pads everyday with the exception of the first two days. They have really pushed through it hard. They have been very physical and have approached each practice with a great attitude."
While MacIntyre knows there is a lot of work to complete before his team's first battle, he is excited about this upcoming season.
"I feel we are progressing some each day," MacIntyre said. "This isn't a big game against Colorado State, it's a huge game."
MacIntyre announced today that sophomore Nelson Spruce will be returning punts for the Buffs this fall and it appears that the kickoff return specialists are still up for grabs.
"We may take the committee approach at kickoff return," MacIntyre said. "Right now no one has emerged as the guy just yet."
According to MacIntyre, his football team has began working some on already on the Colorado State game.
"We have worked a little on our game plan for that game, but we are still working on fundamentals of the games and things that we can do better," MacIntyre said. "We have had a solid fall camp of work."
The Buffs will return to the practice field Friday and then do a walk through type session Saturday before ending camp with a day off Sunday. The team will return Monday and with their regular week during the season work.
MacIntyre noted that any athlete that was coming off a knee or serious injury, only worked one practice instead of 2 during 2 a day practices.
"I'm really proud that none of those guys have had setbacks during camp," MacIntyre said. "I'm very pleased about that." ?