MacIntyre Sees ‘Balanced’ Progress In Training Camp
BOULDER – History suggests that defenses usually progress faster than offenses early in training camp, with offenses generally struggling to develop cohesion. Defenses often use that lack of coordination to their advantage.
At Colorado, however, it might be a good sign that neither side has been able to consistently gain the upper hand through the first 14 days of fall camp.
“I think it’s been pretty balanced,” coach Mike MacIntyre said. “I think the defense has been playing well and I think the offense has been doing some good things, too. Of course there’s days when one is ahead of the other or one looks better than the other. Usually with offense the timing of it is usually why they’re not but the kids worked this summer so I thought it kept the timing pretty good on offense.”
Players on both sides of the ball worked diligently in the spring and over the summer to create and maintain stability through endless drills and repetitions.
“I feel like both sides of the ball are looking real good,” defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe said. “We’re getting a lot of reps out here so it’s only going to help our conditioning and that will help us get more prepared for game time.”
While the offense and defense are showing signs of progress, it may be the individual play of two freshmen that has been the most surprising sign in all of camp. Although MacIntyre won’t know for sure who will play on Saturdays and who will redshirt until next week or after, he feels two players specifically have stood out through two and a half weeks of practice.
“Devin Ross (receiver) and Chidobe Awuzie (defensive back) would play right now and they play on special teams too so those two guys would definitely play right now,” MacIntyre said. “There are others that are on the fringe but if you ask me today those two would play.”
NOTABLE: MacIntyre commented after practice that right guard Daniel Munyer is continuing to make strides towards returning to full-contact drills by as early as next week. Munyer fractured his fibula and missed most of spring practices and off-season workouts. He started every game at either right guard or center last season . . . . For the past couple of days, upperclassmen have been assisting freshmen move from their temporary camp lodging (Millennium Harvest House) to their dorms . . . . Wednesday morning’s practice marks the first of fall camp that is closed to the public and media. Wednesday also marks the camp’s final day of two-a-days. Thereafter, the Buffs will have morning practices.