Buffs still fighting, believing in each other

The Buffs returned home Sunday after another tough PAC 12 road game. Mike MacIntyre and his coaching staff are staying positive with their players, working, teaching and trying to overcome the lack of wins so far this season.

When Colorado Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre spoke to local media Sunday night after his team returned home from UCLA, you wouldn't never guess that Colorado is still winless in PAC 12 play.

The Buffs are coming off two back to back heart breaking losses Pac 12 games against Arizona and UCLA, games that Colorado has showed improvement despite still losing the games by three touchdowns or more.

Colorado trailed No. 20 UCLA by just 8 points at the half on Saturday, they led the game in the first half, a definite show of improvement.

"Like I said the other night, we are playing extremely hard, we just have to keep fighting," MacIntyre said. "This team isn't in total disarray, it's one guy missing one play here and there. I think we are realize players and coaches that we are really close, we just have to be more precise on each and every play."

Veteran defensive coordinator Kent Baer agrees with MacIntyre about how the Buffs have been playing.

"We just have to find away to finish a game," Baer told BuffPlayBook.com. "We need to put four full quarters together. I can't fault our guys efforts, they are really trying. We just have to clean up a few plays here and there and we would be a much better team."

Baer and members of the Buffs defense knew going into Saturday's game that they would have to play a great game against Brett Hundley.

"He hurt us with his legs at times," Baer said. "We just have to find a way to play a full game defensively, if we do that we will win some ballgames."

When asked about the play of true freshman linebacker Addison Gillam, Baer was quick to praise the standout linebacker.

"He is such a student of the game," Baer said. "He is young and he will get a lot better as the season goes along and as he gets bigger, faster. He takes everything in, he is a very smart football player. He is a true freshman of course he will make some mistakes, but he definitely has a bright future for the Buffs."

We also got a chance to visit with Buff Offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren.

Lindgren talked about the progress of true freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau.

"He is getting better," Lindgren said. "He is a tough guy, he took several hit big shots and still got up with a fighting attitude. He is earning the respect of his teammates and he is showing major progress in each game. We just have to remember he is a freshman."

With true freshman running back Michael Adkins out with a concussion for Saturday's UCLA game, one running back stood out with one of his better performances of the season.

"I was really proud of how Christian Powell played Saturday," Lindgren said. "He really stepped up when he was needed. He ran the football with a lot of physicality and got extra yards and really played a good game."

Despite their record, this Buff coaching staff are staying positive with their players and still teaching their players.

"These kids are hurting as much as we are," Baer said. "We just have to continue to work hard, to teach them the games, and let our players know that we care, I think they know that."

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