Good News/Bad News Spring Game

An announced crowd of 6,400 fans witnessed CU's spring game. Most, however, had left by the time the Buffs' offense gave them something to get excited about. Of course, that meant the Colorado defense was doing something right Saturday afternoon.

Saturday's spring game had the quintessential good news/bad news outcome whenever teams conduct intrasquad scrimmages. The bad news: This wide-open, high-octane offense — the one that's a combination of Boise State, Arizona State and California's — is still a long ways from showing its face. Saturday, the Colorado defense kept the Colorado offense out of the end zone until the "O" finally scored twice on its two final series, each of which started in the red zone.

The good news: The Colorado defense kept its counterparts out of the end zone until…(of course, keep in mind this is essentially the same personnel on defense that gave up 70 points to Texas four months ago).

More good news: Colorado receivers were open much of the scrimmage.

Bernard Jackson (BSN)

Bad news: The quarterbacks struggled getting them the ball. There were precious few accurately thrown deep balls. Brian White, working solely with the first team, was just 10 of 24 for 102 yards. He was sacked four times. Bernard Jackson, who worked mostly with the twos, but also saw some time with the first team, was 4 of 8 for 28 yards, including a touchdown to fullback Samson Jagoras. Jackson also ran 10 times for 60 yards.

Good news: The defensive front seven was very active. Linemen and linebackers combined for 16 tackles for loss. Walter Boye-Doe showed evidence for why coaches promoted him to the first string this spring, leading all with seven stops and five TFL.

Bad news: Any kind of running game between the tackles was MIA.

Good news: The CU offense committed no turnovers, and very few penalties.

Bad news: The CU defense created no take-aways (though Gardner McKay was in position for a pick, but couldn't hang on to the ball.)

Good news: Offensive linemen Tyler Polumbus and Jack Tipton are expected to be full strength by June. The health of the offensive line will be the key to the offense's success early this fall.

Bad news: Missing those two veterans may have slowed the quarterbacks' progress this spring because often they were running for their lives in scrimmage situations.

Good news: Coaches know they have a couple of playmakers in Charles and Stephone Robinson and are working on ways to get them the ball "in space." Robinson was effective on three reverses (3 for 50 yards and a score). There was no room to run between the tackles, but Charles found some space outside at times. Charles also hit White on a half-back pass.

Good news: Mason Crosby can boom punts even though he doesn't have much technique. He averaged 50.3 yards per punt, most of which were knuckle balls.

Mason Crosby. (BSN)

Bad news: It's still unclear whether or not Crosby will be in the running for punter in the fall. He said after the game he doesn't want to punt if it negatively affects his placekicking. He thought it did Saturday. Crosby struggled a bit on his kick, hitting just 7 of 16. Granted several of the misses were from 60 yards or further and the wind was swirling.

NOTES
• Sophomore safety Ryan Walters had the biggest hit of the day when he laid out running back Hugh Charles near the sidelines after Charles had found the corner. Walters' hit sent Charles sprawling all the way to the side wall of the field.

Dan Hawkins had thought the team would go for 80 plays, but they went closer to 100, not including a couple dozen punt and field goal plays.

• Robinson took one punt 59 yards for a score, which finally drew a cheer out of the crowd. Reggie Foster blocked a punt and Jordon Dizon recovered in the end zone.

• Players report to fall camp Aug. 6 and first practice is scheduled for Aug. 7.

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