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Buffs Settle Into Preparations For Rams In Opener

Aug 22, 2013

BOULDER – With 10 days remaining before its season-opener, the Colorado football team’s full attention now is focused on in-state rival Colorado State, and head coach Mike MacIntyre is pleased with the progress the Buffs have made thus far in camp.

“I’m very pleased with the effort and what they are doing,” MacIntyre said after Thursday’s practice. “We’ve gone in pads every day and they’ve really pushed through it hard. They’ve really been physical and have had a great attitude. I’ve seen a lot of playmaking on both side of the ball and I feel like we’re progressing each day.”

While the CU coaching staff is impressed with what the team has accomplished during fall camp so far, several areas of concern will continue to be addressed before Sept. 1, including special teams, offensive tempo and tackling.

“Special teams is something you always have to work on and you have to find more and more guys that can do that,” MacIntyre said. “Second, you’ve got to keep the timing better on offense and keep that going. Sometimes when you’re practicing all the time, you’ve got to speed up the tempo and change it up. We’re working on that and trying to get the timing better and getting a flow going on offense. Defensively, we have to keep working on our tackling and right gap fits. We do those over and over again. That’s what we’ll keep working on.”

The Buffs have eight fall camp practices remaining. After two-a-days concluded Wednesday, practices now are conducted in the morning and are closed to the public and media.

NOTABLE: MacIntyre announced that sophomore wide receiver Nelson Spruce will return punts. Spruce returned one punt last season . . . . No word on who will be returning kickoffs. MacIntyre says that decision “goes by committee” and is based on “what is happening during the flow of the game.” . . . . Buffalo Sports Properties hosted the “Buffaloes All-Access” event at practice on Thursday. According to Senior Account Executive Aaron Cook, approximately 120 employees representing various corporate sponsors were in attendance.  MacIntyre and Athletic Director Rick George spoke to the group in the Dal Ward Athletics Center’s auditorium, with each taking several questions from the audience.