Spring Football got underway this morning at the University of Colorado, inside the "Bubble" Practice Facility due to rain and snow.
Coach Mike MacIntyre was pleased with the overall effort of his team this morning and admitted that the Buffs were much farther ahead than they were when he first took over the team last spring.
"We are much farther ahead, we knew the snap count," MacIntyre said. "We knew what we were doing and knew where they were going, it was much smoother."
MacIntyre also spoke about it being a process of working hard to get better each and everyday.
According to MacIntyre his team has really responded well to the off-season workouts, which will continue throughout spring practices.
"We only can practice three times a week, so we will continue lifting throughout the spring so we don't miss a lot," MacIntyre said. "This way we can keep lifting, Dave Foreman and all of our strength coaches have done a great job. We are stronger and bigger in the lower body, we are in a lot better shape, getting through practice a lot smoother."
NO QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY IN BOULDER
Sefo Liufau ended the season last fall as the Buffs starting quarterback as a true freshman. With a full off-season under his belt, Coach MacIntyre feels that the talented thrower is much stronger and throwing the ball better than ever.
"He threw the ball better today than he did at anytime last fall," MacIntyre said. "He worked on somethings in the off-season, he has a lot of confidence out there throwing the football and you can tell he did a lot of work in the off-season to improve his game."
There are only three quarterbacks listed on the spring roster, Liufau, junior college transfer Jordan Gehrke that was on the team last fall and the newcomer Trent Sessions. Sessions was an equipment manager for the Buffs last fall and is currently walking on for CU. Colorado signed California signal caller Cade Apsay on national signing day and have two potential walk-on quarterbacks also coming to try their hand at the position from the state of California.
THERE IS A NEED FOR SPEED
Another true freshman that was thrown into the PAC 12 frying pan last year was running back Michael Adkins.
It was obvious Friday morning that a full off-season under his belt has definitely helped improve his game. While only in shorts and jerseys, Adkins appeared to display a little more speed on several break away runs.
OFFENSIVE LINE EXPECTATIONS
Veteran offensive line Coach Gary Bernardi told BuffPlayBook.com after Friday's practice that he has seen improvement within his group the last few months.
"They are working hard, getting bigger and stronger," Bernardi said. "We still have a long ways to go, but I like our work ethic and the desire of the young men to get better."
While there wasn't a depth chart given out for Friday's practice, we observed Alex Kelley at the center position, Daniel Munyer and Kaiwi Crabb at the guard positions with the No. 1 team along with Stephane Nembot and redshirt freshman Sam Kronshage seeing some work with the ones. MISSING IN ACTION The following players were listed as either injured or suspended: Timothy Coleman, Josh Ford, George Frazier, Jeffery Hall, Jeromy Irwin, Samson Kafovalu, Christian Power, Justin Solis and Tyler McCulloch.