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Buffs Start Second Half of Spring Ball

Apr 7, 2008

BOULDER-The University of Colorado football team began the second half of spring practices Monday afternoon and continued to install new offensive and defensive schemes.


            "We've been doing a good job of adjusting to the new offense," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich. "We've done an excellent job of staying in the installation mode; every guy learns differently and at a different pace so we need to move accordingly. We see a few more mistakes when we start moving at game speed or when we go up against new or different defenses."


            Some players are not only taking in new schemes, including the Buffs' new no-huddle offense, but learning new positions. Sophomore offensive tackle Nate Solder made a switch from tight end this spring and has gotten a good grasp of his new duties.


"I really like the new offense," Solder said. "it really goes with my style of play. We're always moving?running up to the ball and getting the next play going. It really helps us because it wears the defense down. It can be tricky for the o-line but we have some tough, smart guys on the line and we're handling it well."


Another position change on offense included sophomore Kai Maiava, who switched from offensive guard to fullback. He has lost about 20 pounds since he made several Freshman All-American teams last season as a lineman, but head coach Dan Hawkins said he isn't worried about him trimming down too much.


"I'd like him to be an offensive guard in the backfield," Hawkins said. "We want him to pick up blitzes, be a lead blocker and maybe catch three passes this year."


IMPORTANT NOTE: This Saturday's scrimmage has been changed to a 10 a.m. start.