Bandison Talks D-Line

Defensive line coach Romeo Bandison spoke with BSN after Thursday afternoon's practice about the state of his unit. Inside, Bandison notes junior Maurice Lucas is having a good camp, and gives an update on some of the newcomers, too.

Practice ended for the Colorado Buffaloes around 6:30 p.m. tonight. While the rest of the team made their way up to the Dal Ward Center for dinner, most of the defensive linemen stayed behind with coach Romeo Bandison for some extra work, hitting a blocking sled.

Bandison spoke with BSN after the extra session.

BSN: Giving them a little extra work?
Romeo Bandison
: We need it. Everybody (partcipating, except for Brandon Nicolas and Taj Kaynor) have never played in a college football game. They're all freshmen or redshirt freshmen. So, we kept them out here to do a little extra stuff. They want to get better, too.

BSN: How are the young guys doing? How much are you going to be able to rely on those three true freshmen? (Lagrone Shields, Eugene Goree and Conrad Obi)
: We've been here two weeks. It's hard to rely on a guy who's still learning the defense. Right now, the whole d-line is still in the mix. We just don't have the experience. The first four guys have played a bunch (Nicolas, George Hypolite, Alonzo Barrett and Maurice Lucas). After that, those guys have played sparingly or haven't played at all.

We've just got to get them ready. Get them at least to know what to do. And just be technically sound. If we can get that, then all those guys can go in there; I can trust them, and have them spell somebody else.

BSN: How about the four guys, Brandon, George, Alonzo, Maurice — how have their camps been?
: Maurice is probably the most improved out of all of those guys. He knows the defense better, plays faster, reacts faster. I'm very excited to see that he has made some major improvements from last year.

Alonzo is solid. Very smart guy. One of those guys that's going to make a tackle 30 or 40 yards down the field. And then George and Brandon, those guys are full time starters from last year. So they are right where I expect them to be.

BSN: Last year, a lot of the times you could rush four and get pressure on the quarterback. Is it going to be that way again? You don't have an Abe Wright.
: We don't have an Abe Wright. How do you replace a guy that had 12 sacks? But, you know, I feel good. When we go against the o-line, I think we're consistent in getting some stuff done there. It's always easier in practice. You've got to make that translation from practice into games. That's what we're working on right now: Getting those things that we do well in the one-on-ones in practice and translating them over.

In the games, we're going to try to do the same things. I feel good about these guys' abilities. But, hey, practice is a little easier than the games.

BSN: What about Chris Perri? He seems like a guy who can be pretty active sometimes in the one-on-one drills.
: He's very active. I look forward to seeing what he can do. But, again, he's been in this defense for 10 days. He's still in the process of learning the defense.

BSN: Is he an inside or outside guy?
: He's done both. Right now, we're just kind of keeping him inside. We'll see how it works out. It's kind of hard to say right now. We'll have to wait until we start to game plan and see where he's going to fit.

I think he has the ability to do both. But I think it's easier to start inside and then move outside.

BSN: Do you have a number of guys that you'll use, or is that just going to kind of emerge?
: I'd like to have the luxury of having eight guys. That's what we're trying to get to. I don't know that we'll get there this year — we'll see how those young guys progress. But ultimately I'd like to have eight guys that you can just throw in there and there's no drop off, or you don't worry about guys doing their assignments.

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