Practice Report -- April 7

Colorado conducted a 100-plus play scrimmage Wednesday that ended with the offense scoring three touchdowns, while the defense came up with two interceptions. Four players who participated in the practice were in Broomfield earlier in the day testifying before the Independent Investigative Panel. The Buffalo Sports News has interim head coach Brian Cabral's thoughts on the scrimmage and the panel, plus some information on a couple of positions, center and defensive back.

"We got a lot of work done today. But we've got to make some big strides between this scrimmage and the next scrimmage," Cabral said.

Junior quarterback Joel Klatt completed 7-of-13 passes for 79 yards. He threw one pick and one touchdown. Junior buff linebacker Brian Iwuh had a stellar afternoon, collecting 11 tackles, including two for loss. He also had a third-down stop and broke up a pass.

Cabral, who played linebacker and coached that position exclusively until taking over for head coach Gary Barnett, who was placed on administrative leave in February, admitted that he had to force himself to watch the offense during the scrimmage, and found himself in an unusual position.

"I found myself saying, ‘Offense, you've got to get a first down. OK, defense, stop ‘em.' I'm not sure how to do that. I don't think I can ever remember myself encouraging the offense," he quipped.

As for who stood out on the offense, Cabral said, "There's definitely a difference when Klatt's in there. And Brian Calhoun stood out."

He was pleased with the defense, which didn't give up any big plays.

"There weren't any major busts," he said. "They missed a couple tackles, but there weren't any major busts."

He also said players are "grasping the defense," the new 4-3 scheme, which coaches are slowly implementing.

"It was just a typical first scrimmage, and we've got to learn from it," Cabral said.

PANEL TALK

Klatt, Daniel Jolly, Dusty Sprague and Sam Wilder joined Cabral in front of the IIC, a panel that is investigating whether or not CU used sex and alcohol as part of its recruiting practices, an allegation coaches and CU officials in the athletic department have steadfastly denied.

Klatt said, "We felt like it went very well. We weren't trying to prove anything; we weren't trying to discredit any sources. We just went as an information source for the panel to gain knowledge of what it's like to be a student-athlete and to be a Colorado Buffalo."

Bernard Jackson and Vance Washington had originally planned to be part of the contingent of football players testifying in front of the panel, but they had class conflicts. The players volunteered for the appearance after CU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Ron Stump met with the members of the football team recently to get a read on what the student-athletes have been experiencing on campus in wake of the so-called scandal that became a media firestorm back in February and March.

Cabral said that, for the most part, the panel was fair with the players. And he praised the players for how they handled themselves.

"I told those guys on the way back, ‘This is a once in a lifetime experience. What we're going through is a once in a lifetime experience,' he said. "I commended them because they were really good. They didn't back down. They expressed themselves. If you're a fan of Colorado, you've got to sit there and say, ‘These are some pretty exceptional guys.'"

Battle at Center

Finding who will handle the ball every play on offense is an important task for the Buffs after the graduation of Marwan Hage. The battle between sophomore Mark Fenton and junior John Guydon is heating up. Currently, Guydon, who switched to offensive line from defensive line this spring, is running with the No. 1 unit, while Fenton is playing with the twos.

"It's a good feeling that I have the trust of my coaches, my teammates," Guydon said. "I'm just working real hard on my skills and getting to the level that I need to get to help my team."

Coaches approached Guydon, who transferred from Fullerton (Calif.) Community College prior to last season, about switching positions at the end of last year. He said he's finding there are differences in technique and attitude on opposite sides of the ball.

"On offense you're kind of sitting back on pass plays," said the 6-2, 290-pounder. "I've been playing defensive line so long that I'm used to going after guys. Sometimes on the offensive line, there's a lot more thinking, a lot more strategizing going on."

Washington Running No. 1 at CB

With Terrence Wheatley missing the rest of spring with a dislocated wrist, junior Vance Washington has moved from his No. 2 position behind Sammy Joseph on the weakside to No. 1 on the other side. Gerett Burl has moved to second string behind Joseph, while Lorenzo Sims is running No. 2 behind Washington. Darian Hagan, who has been working with the cornerbacks in the absence of assistant coach Vance Joseph this spring, said the corners are slowly adjusting to an emphasis on zone coverage from the man coverage they used much of last season, especially early on.

Tidbits

One offensive lineman said that defensive end James Garee "has really improved and he's firing off the ball." ...Two sport athlete Jeremy Bloom had a hearing before the NCAA at the CU Law School Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Gary Barnett attended the hearing. Link to AP story on the hearing:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=1777821

Barnett also observed practice later in the day, and John DiBiaggio, who was hired as a special liaison between the athletic department and the CU administration was also on hand watching the scrimmage Wednesday.

STATS

Rushing leaders

Daniel Jolly 11-45-2TD (long-13)
Isaiah Crawford 9-37-1TD (15)
Brian Calhoun 8-47 (17)
Brandon Caesar 8-27 (12)
Bernard Jackson 3-18


Passing

Joel Klatt 7-13-79-1TD-1INT
James Cox 5-8-33
Brian White 4-7-45
Erik Greenberg 0-1-1INT
Bernard Jackson 4-8-27
Ryan Walters DNP


Recieving

Joe Klopfenstein 3-37
Mike Duren 3-25
Marcus Gonzales 3-33
Monteilh 1-32
Blake Mackey 1-16-1TD
Dusty Sprague 2-11

Defense

Iwuh 11 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 3rd down stops, 1 PBU
Hollis 9
Garee 6, 1TFL, 1 INT
Dawn 5, 1 sack, 1 INT

Miscellaneous

11 kicks (a combination of field goals and PATs by Mason Crosby, Kevin Eberhart and J.T. Eberly were all good)
five sacks by the defense
49 rushes, 37 passes

Scoring Summary

1. Drive 5—Crosby 34 FG
Drive 8 —Eberly 30 FG
Drive 9—Mackey 16 pass from Klatt (Crosby kick)
Drive 11—Crosby 32 FG
Drive 12—Eberhart 31 FG
Drive 13—Crawford 5 run (Eberly kick)
Drive 16—Crosby 30 FG
Drive 17—Schaub 1 run (Eberhart kick)
Drive 19—Crosby 35 FG
Drive 20—Eberly 23 FG
Drive 21—Jolly 6 run (no PAT try)
Drive 22—Jolly 4 run (no PAT try)
Drive 23—Crosby 26 FG
Time—1:25


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