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Colorado Buffs Football Spring Recap

Colorado Buffs Football Spring Recap
By TrevMon • Issue #24 • View online
As Spring Practice wraps, there are several gaps to be filled, but also much to appreciate in the direction we the program is going, with staff, schemes, recruiting, and position groups trending up. Coach Dorrell’s staff will rest easier once the May 1 passes, the date that most players (except grad transfers) must enter the portal to be eligible for next season.
In addition to the takeaways below, check out the podcast Spring recap episode, and the Post Spring Report for more in-depth stats and analysis.

From what I gather
Strengths and focal points..
  • Switch to the 4-3 on Defense plays to the strengths of the deep Defensive Line and Edge rooms. This shift should dial-up pressure in the pass rush, and improve takeaways
  • Culture and Chemistry, according to interviews of players, staff, and beat writers close the program, the players and staff have shared sense of belief in the positive direction of the program
  • Offensive line is poised to climb the stats - new offensive line coach is a teacher and technician, and the line returns 3 starters, a high ranking transfer, and two veterans who are poised for transformational change
  • Young corners quickly coming of age - hard hit by transfers, the next players up had a good spring, high floor, and new coach
  • Offense is multiple, featuring physical play, and rhyme between passing and running schemes, that distribute the ball around in the passing attack
“Through first three practices WR caught 29 balls, TE 25 balls, running backs caught 20” - Mike Sanford
Challenges
  • Does the Offensive Line have quality depth? No, Buffs are currently at 14 scholarship players on the Line. Three unproven players did not practice much this Spring (Jackson Anderson IOL; Edgar Amara, IOL; and Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan - T)
  • Is there enough experience and depth at Safety? No. Three walk-ons were rolling with the ones this Spring.
  • Is there sufficient experience, talent, depth and linebacker to support 4-3? Tough Call. Marvin Ham, Quinn Perry, Robert Barnes are the starting SAM, MIKE, WILL. Mister Williams looked good behind Perry. Eoghan Kerry (Fr), and Isaac Hurtado (So) look like they will be nice depth pieces at SAM, WILL. Some of the edge players, (Montgomery, Gustav, Williams, Magali) can also likely provide depth there.
Spring Breakouts Players
  • Eric Olson (TE) had a number of catches early in Spring, and looks like he is well rounded in catching and blocking.
  • Alvin Williams (Edge) name was called out allot this Spring. Alvin looks the part, he has a motor and is consistently disrupting play in the backfield and around the ball.
  • Joshua Wiggins (Fr), and Kaylin Moore (CB) had solid springs with tight coverage and pass break-ups
  • Trevor Wood (S) is ready to step up into a starting role
  • Time is now for several veterans: Jamar Montgomery (Edge) is in great shape and might be the best pass rusher; Na'im Rodman (DL) showed a consistent bull rush; Daniel Arias has arrived; Others Quinn Perry (ILB), Justin Jackson (DE), Janaz Jordon (DL)
  • Walk-ons shine in Spring: Jack Hestera (WR); Charlie Offerdahl (RB); Jordon Wolverton (S); Anthony Lyle; Ben Finnestra (S)
Roster Managerment
The Buffs have 3 more scholarship players to use on new additions (33) to the 22 class. The number of scholarship players on the roster stands at 82 (max 85). Below are the areas I think the staff is looking to upgrade. I hope they error on the side of bolstering competition and depth on the Offensive Line, Safety, and next best player at any of these groups.
  • Safety: Buffs are thin and limped through Spring with help from walk-ons. A seasoned or highly touted Safety is a priority
  • Offensive Line: Usually need 15 scholarships for the Oline, Buffs currently stand at 14.
  • Offensive Playmaker: Buffs could an explosive player or a tough match-up piece at running back, or tight end who can make an impact immediately.
  • Line Backer: recently added a PWO at inside backer, tough call of whether another scholarship should be used at ILB.
Alvin Williams, credit BuffZone
Alvin Williams, credit BuffZone
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