First scrimmage on tap

Colorado football fans get their last chance to watch their Buffaloes practice today when the team scrimmages at Folsom Field. Practices will be closed to the public for the rest of training camp leading up to the season opener Sept. 6 against Colorado State. What should we expect today?

Quarterbacks Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen will split about 50 snaps as they continue to compete for the starting job. Hawkins emerged from spring with a lead in the race and he has done nothing to this point to lose that edge. In fact, he might have taken an even larger lead during the first week of camp based on his consistency and overall performance in practices.

It will be interesting to see which newcomers are beginning to get into the mix for playing time. One key area where much attention will be focused in this regard is the defensive line where freshmen Nick Kasa, Forrest West and Nate Bonsu have the opportunity this month to make a case for playing time instead of redshirting.

Coaches are likely to keep things fairly simple today because it is the first scrimmage of camp but also because it is open to the public and they don't want to reveal too much, especially any changes new offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has added since spring ball.

Wide receiver is another area where more players have an opportunity to get noticed than in normal years when experience and depth are not such large concerns.

Another individual of interest is redshirt freshman safety Ray Polk, who has been adapting well to his new position. Today he gets his first prolonged look in a live scrimmage situation.

We will have a roundup of news and notes following the scrimmage. Check back this afternoon.

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