Colorado Football: Spring Practce Week One Unit-By-Unit Review

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IApril 5, 2009

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04:  Jake Behrens #41 of the Colorado Buffaloes dives over Ryan Palmer #13 of the Texas Longhorns for a 7 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!

The first week of spring practice is in the books, and, even though only three of the fifteen practices have been conducted, there is still a number of good stories to discuss.

Posted this morning (as will be the case every Sunday morning in April, in addition to the daily updates), there is a unit-by-unit review of the week’s events.
First week highlights:


Quarterbacks - Cody and Tyler have not separated themselves from one another; Matt Ballenger, in his third year in the system, struggled;

Running Backs- Speedy and Darrell are at full strength; Brian Lockridge is turning heads; Demetrius Sumler is conceding nothing;

Wide Receivers- The news of the week involve players not on the field in 2008. Markques Simas is ready to make heads turn in a real game; Andre Simmons is trying hard to qualify; and (not totally unrelated) the Buffs announced they are still willing to sign a wide receiver recruit for 2009;

Tight ends - Four seniors in the lineup. More playing time for all on the horizon with the change in offensive strategy;

Offensive Line -What a week! Everyone, and I mean everyone, is excited about this group. Two months ago, if you were asked to name the starting guards for the Buffs for 2009, you would have been forgiven if you named 2008 starters Devin Head and Blake Behrens.

If given a second chance, MTM and Bryce Givens would have been a good guess. How about none of the above? At least for now, Ryan Miller and Matthew Bahr are the starting guards, and new CU offensive line coach Denver Johnson couldn’t be more pleased.



Defensive line- Needing to replace three starters from last season, defensive line coach Romeo Bandison is resorting to an easier answer to the dilemma: Replace two. I’ll explain;

Linebackers - Katoa is out and Major is limited by injury, but that is not stopping the Buffs from fielding a host of talented linebackers this spring. Sorting out the starting lineup may be a more difficult chore than first anticipated;

Secondary -The defensive backfield was the one bright spot for the Buffs in 2008. This season, there are more reasons to smile, as Ben Burney returns to try and win back a starting position.

Kicking Game -No, it’s not that bad. Goodman has changed his approach, and, so far, it’s working. The punting game may see a new (yet familiar) face in place of senior Matt DiLallo, and the kick block team was augmented this week by a pair of offensive giants.

Notes and quotes from Week One, including stories on all of the above, are now at  Enjoy!

Go Buffs!