Langsdorf Likes Progress Of Young Buffs QBs
BOULDER — If Colorado's spring ball session is any indication, at least one thing is certain: the Buffaloes' quarterback competition in fall camp promises to be intense.
With incumbent starter Sam Noyer out for the spring following shoulder surgery, it has opened the door for more snaps for freshman Brendon Lewis and sophomore transfer J.T. Shrout. The two have taken full advantage of the opportunity, and have earned high marks from head coach Karl Dorrell throughout the Buffs' first eight spring workouts.
Wednesday, quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Danny Langsdorf added his evaluation.
"Really pleased with J.T.'s progress," Langsdorf said after the afternoon workout. "Brendon Lewis is so much further ahead at this point, a lot more confidence. I love how those two have progressed."
Both have had excellent camps thus far, with both getting snaps with the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses. Both have delivered big plays and both have shown the ability to move the offense.
But Wednesday, it was Shrout turning heads with a touchdown drive in a two-minute drill near the end of practice. Shrout guided the Buffs nearly the length of the field with five completions, including a touchdown pass to complete the march.
"He had really good command of the huddle, signals, getting guys lined up, decision making, led us on a touchdown drive," Langsdorf said. "For a guy that's not been here very long, very pleased. He's a really smart quarterback and that's helped him. He's put in some time here in a short period and he's been very comfortable, you can see that."
Shrout, who transferred to CU from Tennessee at the semester break, had to play some catch-up when he arrived. But Langsdorf said Shrout immediately dove into the playbook and has quickly become comfortable with Colorado's offense.
"He's done a great job studying, really putting in the time in the offseason to be comfortable at this point of spring ball," Langsdorf said. "He's been very good."
Wednesday's two-minute drill gave CU coaches a chance to see their quarterbacks under pressure situations.
"You put somebody in a two-minute drill and you get to know a little about what they're level of understanding is," Langsdorf said. "He threw a lot at them. He went right downfield and had a nice touchdown pass. I feel really good about his progress."
The Buffs are also getting some work for the other three quarterbacks on the roster — Grant Ciccarone, Drew Carter and Jordan Woolverton. Langsdorf said Ciccarone, a walk-on redshirt freshman, is running third, and he said the coaches hope to get Carter some snaps in Friday's extended scrimmage.
Noyer, meanwhile, is progressing from his surgery and could begin some light throwing before summer. He expects to be fully healthy by fall camp — which should make for a terrific quarterback battle as August unfolds.
"It's a great problem to have," Langsdorf said. "You've got guys that are hungry, that have a great competitive nature and they're all wanting to be the starter. I think we'll have awesome competition. Every rep is going to be very important to each of them. I think it's going to be quite a battle and I do think it's a great problem to have."