Spring Practice Primer

Spring Practice Schedule

UPDATE … Mike MacIntyre is reported to have stated that the first 30 minutes of weekday practices and all of Saturday practices will be open to the public this spring. Most practices will begin at 8:40 a.m., and will go to 11:00 a.m.

Spring practice will begin the earliest in CU history, commencing on Monday, February 16, and end with the spring game on Sunday, March 15 (2:00 p.m., to be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks, with KOA-Radio in Denver likely to once again air a pregame show and then a live broadcast of the game).

The tentative practice dates are as follows: February 16-18-20-21-23-25-27 and March 2-4-6-9-11-13-14-15.

Pro-Timing Day has been set for the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11th.

The team is allowed 15 practices over 29 days; how the practice sessions will break down, per NCAA rules: three in shorts (no contact), four in pads (no tackling), four in pads (tackling allowed 50 percent or less of the time), four in pads (tackling allowed throughout).


Injury Update

Six players are definitely out for spring practices, with the status of a pair of running backs still to be determined. The Buffs will be getting back three defenders, however, including two potential starters in the defensive backfield:

S – Jered Bell – knee – suffered a torn ACL in practice (Aug. 15); underwent surgery and has petitioned for a sixth year from the NCAA – OUT

WR – Bryce Bobo – shoulder – had postseason surgery to repair a torn labrum (chronic), still in sling – OUT

WR – Elijah Dunston – knee – suffered a torn ACL and MCL in practice (Sept. 22); underwent surgery in late October and is rehabbing – OUT

DE – Tyler Henington – knee – suffered a torn ACL and MCL in practice (Aug. 22); underwent surgery in early Sept. and is rehabbing – OUT

FS – Marques Mosley – knee – suffered a torn ACL and MCL against UCLA (Oct. 25); surgery on Nov. 24 – OUT

WR – Lee Walker – shoulder – suffered a subluxation in practice (Sept. 17); underwent surgery on Oct. 14 – OUT

RB – Michael Adkins – knee – suffered a sprained MCL a few plays into the Arizona game (11/08); underwent arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 25 – TO BE DETERMINED

RB – Phillip Lindsay – toe – suffered “turf” toe in season finale against Utah; not yet cleared for running – TO BE DETERMINED

S – Chidobe Awuzie – kidney – suffered a laceration in practice (Nov. 4); missed last three games, but now cleared for all activities – DEFINITE

SS – Tedric Thompson – concussion suffered on the fourth play of overtime against UCLA; tests negative for any other injury (neck, etc.), missed rest of season – DEFINITE

DT – John Paul Tuso – knee – suffered ACL and meniscus tears in practice (March 17), had surgery April 10 – DEFINITE



Roster Overview

Starters Returning (15)

Offense 6: WR Shay Fields (10/10), OT Jeromy Irwin (11/11), C Alex Kelley (12/12), QB Sefo Liufau (18/11), RT Stephane Nembot (31/12), WR Nelson Spruce (33/12)

Defense 9: FS Chidobe Awuzie (16/9), CB Ken Crawley (31/11), DE Jimmie Gilbert (10/9), ILB Addison Gillam (22/10), DE Derek McCartney (12/12), ILB Kenneth Olugbode (12/12), SS Tedric Thompson (11/8), DT Josh Tupou (31/12), N John Walker (8/7)

Others Returning With Significant Starting Experience (10; min. 3 career starts)

TB Michael Adkins (3/1), FS *Jered Bell (14/0), TE Sean Irwin (4/3), DT *Samson Kafovalu (6/2), S Marques Mosley (7/0), TB Christian Powell (24/3), DE Christian Shaver (3/3), DT Justin Solis (8/7), S Evan White (3/3), CB Yuri Wright (6/0).

Others Returning With Significant Position Game Experience (15; two or fewer career starts)

WR Bryce Bobo, DE Tim Coleman, DE/FB George Frazier, QB Jordan Gehrke, DT *Tyler Henington, OG Gerrad Kough, WR Donovan Lee, TB Phillip Lindsay, DT Eddy Lopez, FS Ryan Moeller, FB Jordan Murphy, WR Devin Ross, ILB Ryan Severson (at KR), DE De’Jon Wilson, CB Ahkello Witherspoon.

Starters Lost (7)

Offense 5: LG Kaiwi Crabb (23/11), WR D.D. Goodson (13/8), TB Tony Jones (11/7), RG Daniel Munyer (39/12), TE Kyle Slavin (22/9)

Defense 2: CB Greg Henderson (45/12), DT Juda Parker (22/12)

Others Lost With Significant Starting/Playing Experience (9)— C Brad Cotner, TB Malcolm Creer, ILB Brady Daigh, OLB Woodson Greer, WR Tyler McCulloch, OT Marc Mustoe, SS Terrel Smith, OLB K.T. Tu’umalo, S Richard Yates.

Specialists Returning (1)—SN Wyatt Smith.

Specialists Lost (2)— P Darragh O’Neill, PK Will Oliver

Spring Roster (102 players/70 scholarship)— 10 seniors (5 fifth-year), 35 juniors, 36 sophomores, 21 freshmen (16 redshirt/5 true).



* BERGNER, Andrew – CB – 5-11 165 So. TR Parker, Colo. (Legend/Arizona State) – WO 3/3

* BEEMSTER, Cameron – DB – 5-11 200 So. JC Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek/Santa Barbara C.C.) – WO 3/3

COCHRANE, Xavier – WR – 5- 9 170 Fr. HS Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) – WO 4/4

GARCIA, Bradley – WR – 6- 1 185 Fr. HS Aurora, Colo. (Mullen) – WO 4/4

* HEADLEY, Trent – OLB – 6- 2 220 So. TR Littleton, Colo. (Columbine/Metro State) – WO 3/3

* GRUNDMAN, Sean – WR – 6- 2 195 So. TR Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer/Western State) – WO 3/3

* PATTERSON, T.J. – QB – 6- 3 180 So. TR Boulder, Colo. (Boulder/Wyoming) – WO 3/3

* – Eligible to play this fall

9 Replies to “Spring Practice Primer”

    1. Mike MacIntyre says the first 30 minutes of weekday practices and all of Saturday practices will be open to the public this spring

    1. I haven’t heard for certain, but last year, with the exception of the scrimmages and the Spring Game, practices were not open to the public.

  1. Thanks…With Jim Leavitt on board I would think they can maximize the effectiveness of this program long term. i don’t think there are better role models than Bill Snyder, his staffs,and his teams at K-State.

    1. Good question, Bob,
      A list of seven known walk-ons who are participating in spring drills has been added to the Primer.

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