• 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.
• 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.