Spring Depth Chart Reveals Position Moves

With spring practices just days away, the Colorado football depth chart reveals some position changes, the creation of a new position and some different terminology. After using a 4-2-5 as its base defense the past two seasons, CU will now play a 4-3 base under new defensive coordinator <b>Mike Hankwitz</b>. The new linebacker position will be called the "Buff Linebacker."

Junior Brian Iwuh will enter spring No. 1 at the new linebacker spot after playing safety the past two seasons. Also, CU's front four will feature two defensive ends, one defensive tackle, and one nose tackle.

"We're running a 4-3 so we can play more four-deep secondary, give us more disguise, more flexibility in our coverage and the ability to zone-pressure, man-pressure with the same look," Hankwitz said.

Close followers of the Buffs will notice some position changes that impact the defense. Notably, former walk-on quarterback Ben Carpenter will play the buff linebacker. Also, Chris Russell and Dominique Brooks are slotted at strong safety, while J.J. Billingsley moves to free safety.

"We're going to see if we have everyone in what we think is the best position for them and can do what we ask them to do. We believe that they can — we've worked hard to find the right people for the right spot — but we still have to see it on the field and have them embrace it," Hankwitz said. "Our goal is to get our personnel in the best position to make them the most effective and collectively make us more effective on defense."

On offense, Paul Creighton moves to fullback from tight end.

OFFENSE
(multiple)
(z)WR - - - 4 Ron Monteilh, 6-1, 190, Sr.**
6 Stephone Robinson, 5-9, 175, Fr.-RS
23 Tyler Littlehales, 6-4, 200, Soph.
48 Nick Holz, 5-11, 185, Soph.
(15 Jeremy Bloom, 5-9, 175, Jr.**—skiing)

(x) WR - - - 9 Blake Mackey, 6-3, 195, Soph.
82 Evan Judge, 6-2, 205, Jr.**
81 Mike Duren, 5-9, 190, Sr.
83 Dusty Sprague, 6-4, 180, Fr.-RS
47 Marcus Gonzales, 6-4, 185, Jr.

ST - - - 74 Sam Wilder, 6-5, 285, Sr.***
78 Tyler Polumbus, 6-8, 275, Fr.-RS

SG - - - 66 Brian Daniels, 6-5, 300, Soph.*
63 Jack Tipton, 6-4, 285, Soph.
65 Del Scales, 6-6, 295, Soph.

C - - - - 58 Mark Fenton, 6-4, 295, Soph.*
--- John Guydon, 6-2, 290, Jr.

TG - - - 79 Gary Moore, 6-7, 340, Jr.**
78 Terrance Barreau, 6-3, 320, Sr.
75 Fredrick Staugh, 6-5, 295, Soph.
(52 Derek Stemrich, 6-6, 285, Sr.**—injured)

61 Edwin Harrison, 6-5, 300, Fr.-RS

TE - - - 89 Joe Klopfenstein, 6-5, 240, Jr.**
45 Quinn Sypniewski, 6-7, 255, Sr.***
86 Jesse Wallace, 6-3, 245, Sr.**
84 Joe Sanders, 6-4, 210, Fr.-RS
46 Dan Goettsch, 6-5, 225, Soph.

QB - - - 14 Joel Klatt, 6-1, 200, Jr.**
13 Erik Greenberg, 6-2, 200, Jr.*
10 James Cox, 6-3, 215, Soph.
7 Bernard Jackson, 6-2, 190, Fr.-RS
12 Brian White, 6-5, 220, Fr.-RS
--- Ryan Walters, 6-0, 190, Fr.

TB - - - 2 Brian Calhoun, 5-10, 185, Jr.**
42 Bobby Purify, 6-0, 215, Sr.****
21 Brandon Caesar, 6-2, 210, Soph.
31 Isaiah Crawford, 5-10, 190, Fr.-RS
29 Ryan Enright, 5-10, 200, Fr.-RS

FB - - - 34 Lawrence Vickers, 6-2, 230, Jr.** (also TB)
8 Daniel Jolly, 6-0, 220, Soph.* (also TB)
87 Paul Creighton, 6-5, 245, Soph.*
43 Brendan Schaub, 6-4, 240, Jr.

DEFENSE
(4-3)

DE - - - 51 Alex Ligon, 6-4, 240, Soph.*
--- Abraham Wright, 6-3, 235, Soph.
--- Alonzo Barrett, 6-3, 240, Fr.
(30 Marques Harris, 6-2, 235, Sr.****—injured)

NT - - - 98 Brandon Dabdoub, 6-1, 290, Sr.***
93 Vaka Manupuna, 6-1, 275, Jr.**
95 Nick Clement, 6-2, 265, Jr.

DT - - - 60 Matt McChesney, 6-4, 285, Sr.***
99 McKenzie Tilmon, 6-4, 305, Sr.*
96 Marcus Jones, 6-5, 290, Soph.

DE - - - 82 James Garee, 6-5, 255, Jr.**
95 Chad Evans, 6-4, 265, Fr.-RS

MLB - - 49 Thaddaeus Washington, 6-0, 235, Soph.*
50 Chris Hollis, 6-1, 240, Jr.**
56 John Martin, 6-4, 235, Fr.-RS

WLB - - 12 Akarika Dawn, 6-2, 230, Jr.**
33 Walter Boye-Doe, 6-2, 230, Soph.*
55 Jason Ackermann, 6-2, 215, Soph.
28 Kyle Griffith, 6-2, 200, Jr.**

BLB - - 27 Brian Iwuh, 6-1, 220, Jr.**
19 Ben Carpenter, 6-4, 210, Soph.

FS - - - 5 J.J. Billingsley, 5-11, 185, Jr.**
16 Tom Hubbard, 6-5, 210, Jr. AND
--- Tyrone Henderson, 6-0, 180, Soph.
46 Justin Fallhowe, 6-0, 185, Jr.

SS - - - 18 Dominique Brooks, 6-2, 195, Soph.*
4 Chris Russell, 6-3, 195, Fr.-RS
25 Lionel Harris, 6-1, 195, Fr.-RS
37 Chad Cusworth, 6-0, 205, Soph.

CB - - - 1 Sammy Joseph, 6-1, 180, Soph.*
7 Vance Washington, 5-9, 180, Jr.**
21 A.J. Anderson, 6-0, 175, Jr.

CB - - - 26 Terrence Wheatley, 6-0, 165, Soph.*
22 Lorenzo Sims, 5-11, 185, Soph.* AND
--- Gerett Burl, 5-10, 160, Soph.

SPECIALISTS

P - - - - 29 John Torp, 6-2, 200, Jr.*
16 Mason Crosby, 6-2, 195, Soph.*
37 J.P. Heaton, 6-2, 200, Soph.

PK - - - 16 Mason Crosby, 6-2, 195, Soph.*
39 Kevin Eberhart, 5-10, 175, Soph.
35 J.T. Eberly, 6-1, 195, Sr.

KOR - - Pool of: J.Billingsley, S.Robinson, T.Wheatley
(15 Jeremy Bloom, 5-9, 175, Jr.**—skiing)

PR - - - Pool of: M.Duren, S.Robinson, D.Sprague
(15 Jeremy Bloom, 5-9, 175, Jr.**—skiing)
HLD - - 14 Joel Klatt, 6-1, 200, Jr.**
48 Nick Holz, 5-11, 185, Soph.

SN - - - 59 Greg Pace, 6-0, 235, Jr.**
90 Matt Hammond, 6-3, 210, Jr.

* denotes number of letters.

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