Tuesday Practice News And Notes

Inside, news and notes from Colorado's Tuesday spring football practice.

• The Buffs went through their second spring practice in the bubble on Tuesday. They may move their workout outside Thursday. They won't put on the pads until after they get back from spring break on April 1.

• Giving up fewer turnovers is a big emphasis for the offense this spring camp. They earned praise of coaches Tuesday when the offense didn't turn the ball over.

Kai Maiava got his first taste of pass receiving Tuesday. Lining up at the fullback/H-back position, he ran a couple of pass routes in 11-on-11 situations, but the quarterbacks didn't go his way.

• Wednesday is CU's annual Pro Timing Day, as NFL scouts will converge on CU and NFL hopefuls will take part in various drills and measurements.

• Defensive tackle Taj Kaynor has missed the first two days of spring practice attending to classwork. He is expected to be at practice Thursday.

• OLB Josh Hartigan sat out Tuesday's practice for precautionary reasons after taking a helmet to the neck Monday. He checked out OK by the doctor.

• There are four quarterbacks in camp this spring. Along with Matt Ballenger, Cody Hawkins and Nick Nelson, Kyle Black has moved from safety to signal caller.

• Developing depth at cornerback is paramount over the next month. Along with senior Gardner McKay, the Buffs have a stable of young, and mostly untested, players at corner. Head coach Dan Hawkins said, "That's a spot that you have to be good at. That's a spot that guys have to enjoy playing.

"And playing the type of (opponents) that we see, you're talking about really having four starting corners. They have to have a certain mentality. We always talk about them having a short memory, being out there on an island. Everybody sees you getting burned, and you have to get back."

• Tyler Sale, the 2004 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award winner (given to the state's top football player, scholar and citizen), is attempting to make CU's roster as a walk on. He's been a student at CU the past few years but hasn't played football since graduating from Arapahoe High in south Denver, where he was an all-Centennial League defender.

A junior, he caught the eye of CU strength coach Jeff Pitman, and impressed coaches with his work ethic during offseason workouts. He's an undersized defensive tackle — at 6-4, about 260 pounds.

"The thing that was awesome about him is he came out here and ran around really well," Dan Hawkins said. "He did a great job."

Sale ended Tuesday's practice by lining up as a returner. If he caught the kickoff from Aric Goodman, CU didn't run. If he dropped it, they ran. He caught the ball, which pleased his teammates.


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