CU Spring Game
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Spring Game statistics
For what they are worth …
Total points: 41 … First downs: 17 … Third down efficiency: 4-15 … Fourth down efficiency: 3-4 … Red zone efficiency: 6-7 (four touchdowns; two field goals; one downs)
Total plays: 85 (including 12 kicks) … Passing yards: 241, four touchdowns, one interception … Rushing yards: 108 (minus-18 on four sacks) … six penalties (five on offense; one on defense)
Passing: Steven Montez: 7-11 for 55 yards, one touchdown, one interception … Sam Noyer: 6-6 for 51 yards, one touchdown … Tyler Lytle: 6-9 for 70 yards, one touchdown … Casey Marksbury: 5-9 for 65 yards, one touchdown
Rushing: Michael Adkins: ten carries for 53 yards … Beau Bisharat: six carries for 21 yards … Phillip Lindsay (held out for precautionary reasons, no injury)
Receiving: Shay Fields: three catches for 46 yards, one touchdown … Bryce Bobo: three catches for 37 yards … Lee Walker: three catches for 18 yards … Kabion Ento: three catches for 11 yards, one touchdown … Johnny Huntley: two catches for 15 yards, one touchdown … Derek Coleman: two catches for ten yards, one touchdown
Defense: Lucas Cooper: six tackles, one tackle for loss … Anthony Julmisse: five tackles … Kyle Trego: five tackles, one third down stop … Trent Headley: five tackles … Nick Fisher: three tackles, one interception
Kicking: Chris Graham: 4-6 field goals (made from 35, three makes from 32, two misses from 32) … Nick Porter: 1-1 (made from 27)
Mike MacIntyre quotes:
— On the lack of injuries … “It’s really key. We had a good scrimmage. Last year Isaac Miller got hurt in this game and didn’t make it back. He would have played a lot for us and he was able to play today, so I am excited about that. We got a lot accomplished in the little bit of time that we had, so I thought it went well.”
— On areas which still need work … “Every area! When you are a coach, you watch film and see every area. We didn’t start as well on offensive. Steven [Montez] got a little greedy on the first one, but he will learn from that. It was a good play though by the secondary. Nick Fisher who filled in last year in the Washington State game made player of the week, so he is ready to play. He is another guy that hasn’t played a lot but has a lot of experience and he will play well for us this year. I feel good about our football team and where we are headed. We have a lot work to do between now and when the season starts but we are headed in the right direction.”
— On goals for 2017 season … “Our goal is to get better every day. We have a slogan that I stole from Coach [David] Cutcliffe, ‘You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse; nothing stays the same.’ We say it all the time and we need to keep improving and then have a great fall practices and a great opening game. So that is where we will start.”
Mike MacIntyre talk with media after Spring Game
From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation:
Spring Awards announced
From CUBuffs.com …
— Eddie Crowder Award – Outstanding Leadership … LB Rick Gamboa and RB Phillip Lindsay
— Fred Casotti Award – Most Improved Offensive Back … WR Kabion Ento
— Joe Roemig Award – Most Improved Offensive Lineman … OL Josh Kaiser
— Hale Irwin Award – Most Improved Defensive Back … DB Trey Udoffia
— Greg Biekert Award – Most Improved Linebacker … LB Drew Lewis
— Dan Stavely Award – Most Improved Defensive Lineman … DL Lyle Tuiloma and DL Frank Umu
— Bill McCartney Award – Most Improved Special Teams player … K Chris Graham and WR Lee Walker
— John Wooten Award – Outstanding Work Ethic .. QB Steven Montez and DB Isaiah Oliver
— Dick Anderson Award – Outstanding Toughness … OT Jeromy Irwin
— Jim Hansen Award – Outstanding Academics … TE/DE George Frazier
CU selects team captains for the 2017 season
… Related … “How the Colorado Buffaloes selected their team captains last season” … From MaxPreps
From CUBuffs.com … For the second year in a row and just third time in Colorado football history, a player has been elected as a team captain for a third time in his career.
CU senior running back Phillip Lindsay was one of six players selected Thursday as team captains for the 2017 season. He will be joined by two other seniors who served as captains in 2016, TE/DE George Frazier and Jeromy Irwin; another player who served as a captain in 2015, senior OLB Derek McCartney (when it was 12-man leadership group that rotated as game captains); and two first-time captains, senior safety Afolabi Laguda and junior ILB Rick Gamboa.
Lindsay, who served as a team captain in 2015 and 2016, joins former teammate Sefo Liufau as one of just three players in CU history to serve three years as captain. The first was Pat Carney, who did it 123 years prior to Liufau, in 1891-92-93.
Head coach Mike MacIntyre has a two-stage process to select the captains. The voting is limited to players who have been in the program at least 18 months (one year if a junior college transfer).
All six players have been instrumental in the Colorado program’s turnaround, one that last year produced a 10-4 record, a Pac-12 South title and CU’s first bowl appearance since 2007.
Lindsay last season rushed for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns, CU’s first 1,000-yard rushing season since 2010. Frazier, who is playing offense and defense this spring, was named by coaches last year as the team’s Eddie Crowder Award winner, given to a player who displays outstanding leadership. Irwin, a sixth-year senior, was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last fall.
McCartney missed most of last season after suffering a torn ACL in the third week of the season at Michigan (he had an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown against the Wolverines), but the prior year had 70 tackles, including five sacks. Gamboa, who stepped into a starting role early in the 2015 season, was third on the team in tackles last year with 79, including eight third-down stops as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Laguda, who started all 14 games at free safety last year, was second on the team in tackles (80) and also had one interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery, and six pass break-ups.
Perhaps equally importantly, all have served as leaders on the field as well as in the weightroom, classroom and strength and conditioning workouts.
Along with the three Buffs who have served as captains three times, only a handful of others have served as captains twice. That list includes Harry Gamble (1894-96), ILB Barry Remington (1985-86), TB Bobby Purify (2003-04), QB Joel Klatt (2004-05), ILB Addison Gillam (2014-15), WR Nelson Spruce (2014-15) and ILB Kenneth Olugbode (2015-16).