That was the case Saturday, in Colorado's first full-contact scrimmage of the season. The defensive line dominated and showed they could be the strongest part of Colorado Buffaloes 2003.
With several questions lingering, Buffs Insider tries to answer some of them after the scrimmage Saturday.
QB SITUATION: Joel Klatt was basically be given the keys to the CU offense and as long as he doesn't wreck the car, he could be the Buffs starting quarterback against CSU. He did nothing to make the coaches second guess their decision. Klatt finished the day going 7-10 for 166 yards and 1 TD. The touchdown came on a 47-yard pass to FB Lawrence Vickers.
KICKING: Nothing has been more disappointing than CU's kicking game the past few seasons, and that is why Gary Barnett and company recruited two kickers. Both Kevin Eberhart and Mason Crosby nailed field goal attempts from 40 yards out. 40 yards? Who would have thought a Buff kicker could do that?
OFFENSIVE LINE: With four new starters getting their first action, it was what you'd expect from a group that hasn't had much time to gel. It was pretty sloppy. The defensive line looked like NFL players going against college players. But give the o-line a break, they need time to get comfortable with each other. The defensive line did admit that it was not the o-line's best day.
DEFENSIVE LINE: This could be the deepest part of CU's team this season. With a second unit almost as strong as the first unit, these guys are going to be good. Gary Barnett said he may need to sit DE Marques Harris for the pre-season so the offense can actually get some work in.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: With CB Phil Jackson still out with an injury, Marcus Moore and Sammy Joseph have made the most of their time on the field. Both DBs made some big plays and looked comfortable for inexperienced players.
THE GOOD: Isaiah Crawford: The bus 2? The decision to move Crawford from the secondary to tailback looked like the right thing to do. Crawford is a north-south runner who is used to being the one making the hits. He looked very comfortable in the backfield and made the defenders trying to tackle him very uncomfortable.
THE BAD: It's hard to actually tell how well quarterbacks Klatt and James Cox played because the defense was in their face all day. Barnett may need to sit the entire d-line so these guys can get some much needed reps.
THE UGLY: Yes, it was a good thing both kickers hit their firld goals from 40 plus yards. But until these guys can do it in a game situation, I am still not convinced.