Buffs Put On The Pads For First Time

After several two-a-day practices in shoulder pads only, the Colorado Buffaloes finally got to hit each other on Wednesday afternoon.

In what Head Coach Gary Barnett called a very "enthusiastic practice", the Colorado Buffaloes practiced in full pads for the first time in 2002.

That's a good thing because the Buffs open up the season is just over two weeks.

The Buffs did not scrimmage but did allow the offensive and defensive lines go at it in several drills. During his media day press conference, Barnett said that there will be several players trying to replace Andre Gurode and Victor Rodgers on the offensive line.

While there was no dominant side in practice so far, Barnett said the first day in pads "gives the team a baseline for where we need to go."

There are several interesting position battles taking place and the BuffsInsider will keep you posted on them all. These include the tight end position where Sr. Beau Williams and Quinn Sypniewski are battling it out with freshman Joe Klopfenstein having an outside chance of seeing playing time. Klopfenstein earned Prepstar All-America honors his senior year and has gained the attention of the coaches.

The wide receiver position should also be an interesting battle. Three to four players have a shot at starting, including transfer D. J. Hackett, Blake Mackey and John Donahoe. They will be fighting it out with Jr. Derek McCoy who became a favorite target of QB Craig Ochs and Bobby Pesavento last season.

Barnett also said that there are around 11 freshman that could see playing time this season.

The Buffs will practice twice on Friday and then have there first scrimmage on Saturday.

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