"We had a better day today than we had yesterday, and I thought yesterday was a pretty good first day," head coach Gary Barnett said. "Especially the younger guys."
Newcomer Washington getting a look at kick returner
Terry Washington reportedly clocked a 4.35 40-yard dash when he was at Garden City Community College. That speed has been evident the first two days of football practice at Colorado.
Barnett said it's too early to tell who will be the team's primary kick returner this fall, but put Washington at the top of the "maybe" list for now. Also, a running back vying for the starting position is in the mix.
"Right now we're just throwing it up and seeing who's catching the ball best," Barnett said. "Terry Washington is really impressive with his speed right now. But I'm not sure who it's going to be. Hugh Charles is going to get a look, that's for sure."
As for Washington at cornerback, Barnett made no bones about high expectations surrounding the Juco transfer.
"He's extremely talented. And with (Terrence) Wheatley hurt, we need him to bring that talent along." Barnett said. "He's a guy who we're counting on, and he knows we're counting on him. He's just got to learn the system and every day get better and not get bogged down — paralysis by analysis. He's got to be ready by Sept. 3. Some guys want to be ready today. But we've got a lot of time."
Brooks undergoes surgery
Junior safety Dominique Brooks, who is battling for a starting position and was fourth on the team in tackles in 2004 (72), underwent surgery today to repair a fractured finger. He suffered the injury in Thursday's practice jamming a receiver during a drill. He is expected to miss seven to 10 days.
CSU prep can wait
Barnett said Friday the team hadn't yet begun preparing specifically for the Colorado State Rams, the Buffs' opening opponent (Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m., Folsom Field). But the Rams are definitely on the radar.
"There's some carryover (from year to year), similarities in what they do and what we do," Barnett said. "We always point that out when we're seeing a defense that might be similar to what they do. But we don't have anything right now designed for CSU on either side."
Leomiti enjoying new role
Donell Leomiti lettered at strong safety for the Buffs from 1993-95. Leomiti, from American Samoa, spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Boulder High School. He landed a job as a defensive technical intern at CU this year.
"I'm lovin' it, just the opportunity to be back with the program," Leomiti said.
Leomiti, 32, said he wants to keep moving up the college coaching ladder if he can.
Position steady, for now
Barnett said he didn't see any more position moves coming down the pike. However, he said Thursday's moves of safeties Reggie Foster (to tailback)_ and Charlie Sherman (to receiver) will be evaluated in the next week to 10 days to make sure they're the right moves.
The Buffs will practice Saturday from 4 - 6:35 p.m. and Sunday from 4 -5:40 p.m.. Saturday's practice will be the team's first in pads. Practices are open to the public Aug. 27.
The HYPE (believe it or not)
I continue to be impressed with the play of several receivers. I haven't seen Blake Mackey drop a pass, and he looks strong and fast. Dusty Sprague, Patrick Williams, Alvin Barnett and Evan Judge are also practicing with great tempo. Jarrell Yates wore an orange jersey Friday; not sure why.
Patrick Devenny looked good in the quarterback drills, for a kid in his second day of college football. Not good as in ready to move up the depth chart, but he's moving fairly well and his throwing mechanics look solid. I'll continue to say this – the battle for No. 2 QB will be the most highly contested of the camp. My hunch is that should Klatt go down in a game, it will depend on who looked the best that week in practice, and also who the opponent is.
Kevin Moyd is on the uphill side of the learning curve. Coach Shawn Simms was having to stop a couple of drills and do some individual teaching with the youngster from Miami on a couple of occasions.Once he gets the basics down — where to line up, which way to turn on pass routes, which hole to hit on run plays — he should take hold of the No. 3 tailback spot.
If you're looking for surprises from the freshmen, George Hypolite could be a pleasant one. He looks like he's about 265-270 right now. He's playing defensive tackle. He beat offensive lineman Daniel Sanders in a one-on-one drill, drawing cheers from his defensive line mates, and jeers from the offensive linemen. Some of that friction carried over into the 11-on-11 scrimmage (without pads, no tackling) at the end of the day. A tussle broke out at one point.
These guys look really anxious to put on the pads and hit each other. They'll get that chance Saturday afternoon.