Fall Camp Notes

August 25th

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Sunday) – CSU week preparation begins *

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation … What would normally be a Monday practice for a Saturday game was a Sunday practice for Friday night’s game (CSU, Friday, 8:00 p.m., MT, ESPN) … “The game plan is unfolding everyday – one day at a time, staying focused … The hard work is paying off. I feel the team coming together … Leaders have started to emerge … We’ve gotten better … I like where we are right now, but we’re still a work in progress …  This is going to be a ‘rules game’. We know what they have done on tape, but we are expecting to see some ‘unscouted looks”, so you just have to apply your rules within that scheme …” 


August 23rd

Tucker tells sellout Kickoff Luncheon crowd: “We have what we need in place to build this thing. It can be done”

From CUBuffs.com Latest sign that interest in Colorado football has hit a fever pitch?

Try Friday’s Colorado Football Kickoff Luncheon, an annual event at Balch Fieldhouse that serves as a springboard to the season.

For the first time in at least a decade, the event was a sellout, as fans and boosters gathered to hear Colorado coach Mel Tucker talk about the Buffaloes — and Tucker didn’t disappoint.

“We have what we need in place to build this thing,” Tucker said. “It can be done.”

“It,” of course, is the construction of a championship contender, and Tucker knows a thing or two about that process. He has been part of two national championship programs — Alabama and Ohio State — as well as part of another program, Georgia, that played in the national championship game.

The event featured several other speakers, including CU Regent John Carson, CU Athletic Director Rick George and Boulder Chamber of Commerce president John Tayer.

But more than anyone else, it was Tucker fans came to hear, and Colorado’s first-year head coach didn’t mince words. He said his current coaching staff is one of the best he’s ever been a part of, and said that since his arrival in Boulder on Dec. 5, “We haven’t wasted a day.”

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Traveres Tillman on CB’s: “The progress they’ve made has been great … They’ve proven to be a formidable group”

From CUBuffs.com … When the Colorado Buffaloes opened fall camp, they had just one returning player with anything resembling significant experience.

In an era when many defenses play five — or more — defensive backs on a regular basis, it meant Buffs coaches had to put a premium on developing players in a hurry. It also resulted in head coach Mel Tucker moving three players from offense to the secondary in order to build some depth.

After three weeks, CU coaches believe they have made some strides in those areas.

“The progress they’ve made has been great,” said cornerbacks coach Travares Tillman. “I came in not knowing their athletic abilities and how smart they were and they’ve proven to be a formidable group. They’ve taken the challenge to challenge each other. They’ve been great in the film room, they’ve studied their butts off and worked hard on the field.”

While Tillman coaches corners and defensive coordinator Tyson Summers handles safeties, all of the defensive backs also get daily tutoring from Tucker, whose defensive back roots stretch all the way back to his playing days.

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August 22nd

** CU Depth Chart released **

CU Depth Chart

Story on depth chart from CUBuffs.com … After three weeks and 19 practices, the Colorado Buffaloes’ first depth chart of the fall has few surprises.

Released Thursday, head coach Mel Tucker‘s depth chart for the most part followed the trends that developed in camp. Experience — especially starting experience — held serve at most of the positions where the Buffs had veteran returnees, and other spots on the two-deep are occupied by players who have had consistent, solid day-to-day performances..

But, there were some mild surprises, as well as some other noteworthy developments, especially at some positions that have featured particularly fierce position battles.

Some quick observations on the first depth chart of the fall:

— For starters, it’s best to remember that Tucker has stressed that nothing is etched in stone. This is a starting point — and it could change even by the Aug. 30 season opener against Colorado State.

“We’ll go into the season and it’s going to be based on performance who gets the playing time and who doesn’t,” Tucker said earlier this week. “It’s going to be based on production and it’s going to be fluid. We’ll have our starters who will go into the game, our backups — but it’s going to be a compete-every-day situation and earn your playing time. They’ll get what they deserve. You’ll get the playing time you deserve to get by the way you work and the way you prepare and the way you compete every day and get better.”

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Sophomore defensive lineman Terrance Lang: “I have no option but to step up”

From the Daily Camera … At some point during the offseason, it hit Terrance Lang that he has suddenly become a veteran leader for the Colorado defensive line.

“I was kind of the young guy, but now I have no option but to step up,” Lang, a sophomore, said Wednesday after the Buffaloes’ practice.

Of the 10 scholarship defensive linemen on the roster, only two – Lang and junior Mustafa Johnson – have played in a Division I game. The Buffs are leaning on them to lead the group.

“It just forces me and Mustafa to step up as leaders and pave the way for these young guys and show them how we work in practice and stuff like that,” Lang said.

With the Aug. 30 season opener against Colorado State around the corner, Lang and Johnson have both been pleased with their work, as well as with the progress of the youth around them.

“I think it’s going good,” Lang said. “We made a lot of good strides as a unit (during camp) and all of us got better on stuff that we personally need to get better at. It was a good camp overall.”

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August 21st

Neill Woelk: Wednesday Practice Report

From CUBuffs.comPRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were in shorts and shoulder pads Wednesday for their 18th practice of camp, leaving just seven to go before the Aug. 30 season opener … The team worked out in the Indoor Practice Facility early, then hit Folsom Field for some quick game-day organizational work …

The Buffs have definitely been on their toes the last two days after Tucker made them start over on Monday following a lackluster start to practice that day.  Team leaders have especially stepped up and become a little more vocal …

Inside linebacker Nate Landman, who had an outstanding scrimmage Saturday, continues to be a defender who always seems to be around the ball … It has taken former quarterback Sam Noyer just three days to start looking very much at home at his new spot in the secondary, where he continues to get some meaningful reps at safety … While Delrick Abrams Jr.has one of the cornerback spots locked down, Mekhi Blackmon and Chris Miller are both still getting snaps on the other side. …

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will practice Thursday and Friday, take Saturday off and then begin game week preparations for Colorado State on Sunday.

JC linebacker Jash Allen looking for playing time this fall

From CUBuffs.com … When Colorado coach Mel Tucker announced the members of his first signing class at CU last December, CU’s then-very-new head coach wasn’t shy with his assessment of junior college linebacker Jash Allen.

“This guy is a run-and-hit guy,” Tucker said. “See ball, get ball. Very versatile, another three-down linebacker that will be able to help us on first and second down and also in obvious passing situations. When he gets there, he’s got mean intentions.”

So far, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Allen is doing his part to live up to that billing in the Buffs’ fall camp. After three weeks and 18 practices, he is getting regular snaps with the No. 1 defense at inside linebacker alongside returning starter Nate Landman and making plays with increasing regularity. While he is still learning the intricacies of the defense, he is also making his presence known and proving that he does indeed have the athleticism to be a difference-maker on the Colorado defense.

“I feel like I’ve definitely made some progress, just speeding up the process,” Allen said after Wednesday’s practice. “Obviously, Nate is still helping me get it right. He’s a vet on the field. But I feel like I’m getting better.”

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August 20th

*Video – Assistant head coach Darrin Chiaverini’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 17 – Tuesday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com … Chiaverini sees the wide receiver group as 6-8 deep … Vontae Shenault coming on “he can play … he’s an extremely talented kid … he’s built more like a true wideout – more lean, longer body, fluid in the hips. He just needs to continue to work … Maurice Bell: Most improved player in the room. He’s going to find himself in the mix … “. 

Neill Woelk Tuesday Practice Report: Jaren Mangham getting “plenty of reps” with No. 1 offense

From CUBuffs.com … PRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were in full pads for Tuesday morning’s workout, their 17th practice of camp. CU now has eight practices remaining before the Aug. 30 season opener against Colorado State in Denver (8 p.m., ESPN) …

Along with a Sam Noyer interception, the CU defense also got a pick from true freshman Tarik Lucket — who also switched positions this camp. The former wide receiver continues to be impressive at cornerback … Senior Alex Tchangam has been playing opposite sophomore Carson Wells at outside linebacker the last couple of days, with senior Nu’umotu Falo also getting some work there … Aaron Maddox got some work alongside Mikial Onu at safety with the No. 1’s … Isaiah Lewis, who has also had time there, had some nice plays with the No. 2 group …

Offensively, freshman running back Jaren Mangham had some good bursts up the middle and got plenty of reps with the No. 1 offense … Joe Davis, another freshman back, is proving to be a physical runner … Yes, you’ve seen this before, but it happens every day — Laviska Shenault Jr. continues to make big plays look easy … Daniel Arias hauled in a long touchdown from Steven Montez in the 2-minute drill, catching it perfectly in stride.

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August 19th

Tucker on starting Monday’s practice over: “That was the type of experience that we have to have”

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado head coach Mel Tucker conducted a “teaching moment” for the Buffaloes on Monday morning.

Guaranteed, the Buffs got the message.

Early in practice, Tucker was clearly not happy with the Buffs’ attention and effort, particularly after a day off. Tucker stopped practice, gathered the team together — then started practice from the beginning.

“I told them, we’re not going to be able to start games over,” Tucker told the media after practice. “(We can’t) go back to the locker room, come back out. We have to be ready to go every time. Ready to go to work and execute.”

Given his years of experience, Tucker knew such a day would likely occur sooner or later in camp. In fact, he said he expected it to happen a little earlier.

But when it did, he made sure that he and his coaching staff practiced one of his fundamental tenets: confront and demand.

“That was the type of experience that we have to have,” he said. “That’s part of camp. It happens. You have to confront them, demand they do it right and make sure they understand what’s really going on. What’s our purpose, why are we here? Get them back focusing, get them going.”

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*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 16 – Monday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com … “We started slow this morning, so we actually had to start the practice over. We started a few periods over…they picked it back up and got it going, so we ended up getting out of the day what we needed to get out of it, but I wasn’t happy about the fact that we started slow. I told [the players], ‘we’re not going to be able to start games over, go in the locker room and come back out. We have to be ready to go every time…that was the type of experience that we have to have. That’s part of camp. It happens. You have to confront them, demand that they do it right, make sure that they understand out purpose and why we’re here…”

Hagan: “When you have a number of guys that can play, you take a look at them … Then when one person gets hot, you ride that horse”

From CUBuffs.com … A position group that was unquestionably the least experienced and arguably the biggest question mark heading fall camp this year could very well become a position of strength for the Colorado Buffaloes.

What isn’t up for debate is that CU’s running backs have had an impressive first 15 practices of camp. Despite having just one player with any college experience at the position, assistant coach Darian Hagan‘s group has been a steady, productive bunch since Day One.

“They’ve made a lot of progress,” Hagan said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “They’ve had some good days and bad days, but the last four days have been really solid for all of them. Very few mental errors, very, very good high energy. They’re playing with good pad level, good emotions, playing hard. I like this group.”

Hagan has five scholarship players in the running backs room, but only one — sophomore Alex Fontenot — has ever carried the ball in a Division I game. After Fontenot, whose experience last year consisted of just 11 rushing attempts for 43 yards, the group includes redshirt freshmen Deion Smith and Jarek Broussard, and true freshmen Jaren Mangham and Joe Davis.

But while young, it is a talented group. Each of the backs has had at least “flashes” during camp, showing the ability to break big plays, pick up tough yards inside and help in pass protection.

Perhaps most importantly, they have shown enough to believe the Buffs can live up to the directive issued by head coach Mel Tucker. Since the day he took the job at Colorado, Tucker has stressed that “we will run the ball on our terms.”

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August 18th

Aaron Maddox: CU safeties “way better than what people may believe. We’ll just have to go out there and prove it”

From the Daily Camera … Considering he’s a part of the group competing for starting roles and playing time at safety, Colorado junior Aaron Maddox might be a bit biased when it comes to judging that position.

After going through two weeks of preseason camp, however, Maddox is convinced the safeties will exceed outside expectations.

“No doubt about it,” he said. “For sure. I may be biased, but way better than what people may believe. We’ll just have to go out there and prove it.”

After losing starters Nick Fisher and Evan Worthington and backup Kyle Trego to graduation, the Buffs also lost talented sophomore Hasaan Hypolite, who was dismissed from the team in spring and transferred to Houston.

What’s left is a group eager to prove themselves.

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August 17th

Second scrimmage report: Offense shines as receivers have a big day

From Neill Woelk at CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s second scrimmage of fall camp had a familiar ring to it Saturday morning at Folsom Field.

For the second time in as many weeks, the Buffs’ offense came up with big plays, particularly in the passing game. All four CU quarterbacks — Steven MontezTyler LytleBlake Stenstrom and Sam Noyer — were on target consistently, with Buffs receivers putting up big gains and big numbers as a result.

“All of our receivers made plays today,” head coach Mel Tucker said after the workout, CU’s 15th practice of fall camp. “Our quarterbacks looked sharp. I just thought it was a good day for guys to compete and produce. We’ve got lots of guys on offense that can make plays.”

Eight different Buffs caught at least three passes in the 114-play scrimmage that saw the No. 1 offense face off against both the No. 1 and No. 2 defenses and vice versa. Senior quarterback Steven Montez was especially sharp, leading the No. 1 offense to five scores that included a long touchdown pass to Maurice Bell on the first drive of the day, along with two long touchdown tosses to K.D. Nixon.

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SCRIMMAGE NOTES: Montez has been especially sharp over the last week, and Saturday’s scrimmage might have been his best overall effort yet. He was on target with deep balls, hit intermediate routes with authority and showed a deft touch in his short game … Nixon’s speed and ability to accelerate in a hurry out of the break has made him a dangerous deep ball threat … Bell seems to be at his best on Folsom Field. In the CU Spring Game at Folsom, he had six catches for 129 yards and a score … The Buffs are rotating a number of players at cornerback, with Chris MillerMekhi Blackmon and K.J. Trujillo all getting some repetitions Saturday on one side … Isaiah Lewis played alongside Onu at safety with the No. 1 defense for much of the day. … Tight ends had five catches in the scrimmage … Redshirt freshman Kanan Ray stepped in to take some snaps with the No. 1 offense at right tackle late in the scrimmage … Austin WilliamsJanaz Jordan and Jeremiah Doss worked on the D-line with the No. 1 unit for a few snaps, while Na’im Rodman also continues to get work up front in the rotation.

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will take Sunday off, then practice Monday through Friday next week before taking Saturday off. They will then begin game week preparation for Colorado State on Sunday.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-scrimmage talk with media (Practice No. 15 – Saturday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com


August 16th

Practice Notes from Neill Woelk (Friday)

From CUBuffs.com

PRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were still shuffling players in and out of several spots Friday, especially on the No. 1 defense. Players getting some time with the No. 1 unit included junior inside linebacker Jash Allen, playing alongside Nate Landman; and freshman cornerback Tarik Luckett. Allen looked at home inside while Luckett, who just last week made the move from wide receiver to corner, continues to be impressive … Earlier this week, the Buffs switched another wide receiver, Dylan Thomas, to corner. The Buffs need depth at the position, and Tucker said Thomas has the skill set to play there. “He’s long, he can run, he’s got change of direction, he’s got really good balance and body control, and obviously being a receiver, he’s got good ball skills,” Tucker said …

On the offensive line, the Buffs continue to get work for Tim Lynott at center and Colby Pursell at guard … Mikial Onucontinues to run with the No. 1 group on a regular basis at safety, along with Aaron Maddox and Isaiah Lewis … It seems to happen every day, but Laviska Shenault Jr. had another outstanding touchdown grab Friday, going up high in the end zone over two defenders for a perfectly thrown ball from Steven Montez … K.D. Nixon hauled in a nice long ball in perfect stride for a score … Running back Alex Fontenot continues to show consistency at the spot on a daily basis. … RB Jarek Broussardalso continues to flash … Montez is also doing a nice job of extending plays out of the pocket and directing receivers to open spots in the process … True freshmen Na’im Rodman and Austin Williams are getting long looks on the defensive line, where the Buffs will almost certainly rotate players. … Aaron Maddox has had some solid plays against the run and pass at safety this week.

SCHEDULE: After Saturday’s scrimmage, the Buffs will have one more week of “camp” before heading into game week. Their schedule next weekend will change slightly because of the Friday night opener, with the day off scheduled for Saturday before returning to practice Sunday.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 14 – Friday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation.com“It was the day before a scrimmage, but it was a work day. We’re not saving anything for the scrimmage … We have to decide who are going to be our starters; who are going to be our backups. Some guys are going to have to go the scout team, so tomorrow is a big day for them … We should know where our squad is after tomorrow … No one has a set spot. You have to prove yourself everyday” … 


August 15th 

Transfer safety Mikial Onu “is doing real well”

From the Daily Camera … After deciding to play his final season of college football at Colorado, Mikial Onu believed he could be a leader for the Buffaloes in the back of their defense.

In the early stages of preseason camp, the graduate transfer from SMU was spending so much time learning the playbook that leadership took a back seat.

During the past few days, however, Onu’s experience has started to pay dividends for the Buffs.

“Mikial is doing real well,” defensive coordinator Tyson Summers said Thursday after practice. “It’s a very different defense than the one he’s been in for the last three years. I think he’s doing a really good job of being able to spend extra time, work at it, ask questions and he’s a very mature kid. That shows in how he practices, it shows in his demeanor on the field.

“He’s really kind of turned into a quiet leader in that group and I think he’s done a really nice job. He’s been running with the (starters) the last couple of days because of the performance that he’s had.”

Onu’s emergence could be vital for the Buffs, who don’t have much experience at safety, yet continue to see daily competition at that spot.

“You have a group of guys that have more reps in this defense, so they’ve been able to adapt and been able to be in communication,” Summers said. “Then you have some guys that are really athletic but at the same time maybe not as far along in the play book as some of the other guys.”

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*Video – Defensive coordinator Tyson Summer’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 13 – Thursday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com


August 14th

Practice Notes from Neill Woelk (Wednesday)

From CUBuffs.com … PRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were in shells Wednesday in what Tucker described as a good “back and forth” day, with both sides of the ball coming up with some big plays … The battle at running back continues to be a good one. Jarek Broussard broke a nice long run Wednesday, Deion Smith made a great grab on a long pass and Alex Fontenot continues to be maybe the most consistent of the bunch in terms of ball security, pass blocking and running … Aaron Maddox and Mikial Onu lined up at safety with the No. 1 defense in several team drills …

Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. had an outstanding day, making two outstanding catches on fade routes in the corner of the end zone, and also picking up some big yards after the catch on a couple other occasions … Corner Tarik Luckett had an interception, thanks to a batted ball by linebacker Quinn Perry at the line of scrimmage.

SCHEDULE: The Buffs are scheduled to be back in full pads Thursday and shells on Friday before conducting their second major scrimmage of camp Saturday.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-scrimmage talk with media (Practice No. 12 – Wednesday)*

… “Nothing out there but green grass and opportunity” … “I feel like we got better today” … “This was our best practice in terms of being physical but staying off the ground. We made a big point of emphasis with that the last couple of days … We need to play fast, we need to play physical but we can’t have guys on the ground when we’re not scrimmaging. Today was our best day for that.” … 

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com


August 13th

Practice Notes from Neill Woelk (Tuesday)

From CUBuffs.com … PRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were in full pads Tuesday morning … True freshman Tarik Luckett, who just last week moved from wide receiver to cornerback, continues to show a nose for the ball. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Luckett sees some time in the secondary this year … True freshman Mark Perry made a nice move on a ball to the sidelines, breaking in front of the receiver to knock it away … Safety Aaron Maddox had a big stop on the goal line, then came up with an interception a couple of plays later … True freshman Marvin Ham II took some snaps at inside linebacker alongside Nate Landman …

On offense, quarterback Steven Montez hooked up with tight end Brady Russell for a big gain down the sidelines in team drills … Running backs Fontenot, Smith and Broussard all had solid days … Tight end Jalen Harris had a nice catch at the goal line … Wide receiver K.D. Nixon has consistently come up with some difficult catches over the last week.

*Video – Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 11 – Tuesday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation.com

Tight end Darrion Jones ready to have an impact on the Buff offense this fall

From the Daily Camera … The physical tools have never been a question mark for Darrion Jones.

At 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing in around 255 pounds, the Colorado senior has ideal size for a tight end. This year, however, Jones is hoping to maximize the tools he has and become a force with the Buffaloes’ offense.

Jones is one of several players fighting for playing time at tight end, and after joining the team a year ago as a junior college transfer, he feels much more equipped to contribute.

“It feels way different (this year),” Jones said after a recent practice. “I’m very comfortable. Last fall camp, my head was all over the place. Now I’m settling in and everything is coming easier. I’m able to read the defense better and stuff like that.”

Jones played two seasons at Los Angeles Harbor College and put up big numbers in 2017, with 41 catches for 795 yards and five touchdowns. After that season, he jumped at a scholarship offer from CU.

The transition from junior college to the Pac-12 was overwhelming at times, though. Jones played in seven games last year, but didn’t catch any passes.

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August 12th

Practice Notes from Neill Woelk (Monday)

From CUBuffs.comPRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) for their 10th practice of camp and spent a good amount of time in team work sessions. … Sophomore wide receiver Daniel Arias went up high between two defenders to grab a pass in the end zone on a nice pass from Sam Noyer … Freshman defensive back Mark Perry continues to put himself in position to make plays … Senior corner Delrick Abrams Jr. had a nice pass breakup in 1-on-1 drills against Laviska Shenault Jr. …

The Buffs continue to make sure they are developing offensive line depth across the front. Tim Lynott took some snaps at center Monday and Colby Pursell got some reps at guard, something that will make sure CU has a veteran ready in both spots in the event of an injury … JC transfer defensive lineman Janaz Jordan was a disruptor against the run on a couple occasions … Inside linebacker Nate Landman, who had a sack in Saturday’s scrimmage, is getting stops behind the line of scrimmage on a steady basis … Overall, the defense had one of its better days of camp against both the run and pass.

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will be back in full pads Tuesday, with another full-pads workout scheduled Thursday ahead of Saturday’s second scrimmage of camp.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 10 – Monday)*

Note … Tuesday and Wednesday Mel Tucker will not be available for media purposes so unfortunately there won’t be post-practice videos. We’ll try and get you as much info as possible! …

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Chiaverini on deep wide receiver corps: “I like the way they are competing against each other”

From CUBuffs.com … When fall camp began, the general consensus was that wide receiver could be the Colorado Buffaloes’ deepest and most talented overall position group.

In fact, it was ranked as one of the top 15 wide receiving corps in the nation by college football guru Phil Steele.

Roughly halfway through camp, nothing has happened to change that early assessment. Rather, CU’s receivers are living up to that expectation — and possibly more.

For starters, Colorado’s veterans are having an outstanding camp thus far. Laviska Shenault Jr.K.D. Nixon and Tony Brown — CU’s top three receivers from last season — have been consistent producers on a daily basis in every regard. They are making tough catches look easy, they are blocking downfield and each of them appears to have improved their chemistry with quarterback Steven Montez.

But even after those three, the list of receivers who have turned heads at one point or another is a long one. Sophomores Daniel AriasMaurice Bell and Jaylon Jackson and redshirt freshman Dimitri Stanley have all not just had outstanding moments, they have also been consistent.

“We knew they were talented coming in, but I like the way they are competing against each other,” said wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini. “Obviously we have some veteran guys, returning players that are proven players. But even those guys are getting pushed by the younger guys. Daniel Arias is having a great camp, Jaylon Jackson’s having a great camp, Maurice Bell has had an unbelievable camp. Dimitri Stanley is a kid who hasn’t played a ton of football, but he just shows up every day and makes a great catch every day.”

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August 11th

Mel Tucker: “I feel like we’re right where we need to be”

From the Daily Camera … Colorado isn’t quite ready to play a football game that matters, but after the Buffaloes’ first live scrimmage of preseason camp, head coach Mel Tucker said his team is on track.

“They’re pretty much where I thought they would be at this point,” Tucker said Saturday morning after the Buffs’ scrimmage. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but at this stage, coming out of our first scrimmage, I feel like we’re right where we need to be.”

Tucker said the Buffs ran 96 plays during the scrimmage, which was closed to the public and media. A full officiating crew was on hand, calling eight penalties overall.

“Each official was able to give some feedback to our squad and it was a pretty clean scrimmage,” Tucker said.

Senior quarterback Steven Montez was “sharp, other than one play,” Tucker said, and he pointed out that 21 different players caught passes.

“We want to have balance and get the ball to all the guys that can make plays for us,” he said.

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August 10th

Scrimmage Notes from Neill Woelk

From CUBuffs.com

SCRIMMAGE NOTES: Linebacker Alex Tchangam has moved up the rep chart this week, getting some snaps with the No. 1 unit on occasion. “Alex is improving,” Tucker said. “He’s becoming more physical at the point of attack in the running game. We all know he has extraordinary athletic ability and the ability to get a pass rush for us. He just needs to continue to work to be more consistent in the run game. But I like what I’ve seen out of him.” …

Tucker singled out several players as having solid days Saturday, including freshman corners K.J. Trujillo and Tarik Luckett, who moved from wideout to corner earlier this week. Trujillo had a couple nice plays on the ball in the end zone and Luckett has put himself in the mix in a hurry.

“K.J. showed up as a corner,” Tucker said. “Tarik, that was his first time in a live situation for us and he showed he was a willing tackler, which was very positive. Deion Smith showed up big today, made some really good runs. I thought Steven (Montez) was sharp other than one play.” …

Tight end Brady Russell had a couple of nice catches early in the scrimmage, and fellow tight end Jalen Harris made a big catch on the goal line and reached the end zone … K.D. Nixon had a scoring catch early to cap a long drive … Defensive linemen Austin Williams and Na’im Rodman both took snaps with the No. 1 unit … All three backup quarterbacks — Sam NoyerTyler Lytle and Blake Stenstrom — also looked sharp, with each having a good day in the accuracy department. Noyer and Stenstrom both had scoring passes … Defensive lineman Jalen Sami came up with a big stop behind the line in the red zone … Safety Mark Perry delivered a nice stop in the open field on Jaren Mangham after Mangham had broken through the line … Inside linebacker Quinn Perry is making plays …

Linebacker Marvin Ham II took some snaps alongside inside ‘backer Jonathan Van Diest … Two Buffs have moved from the offensive line to the defensive line. Va’atofu Sauvao and Spencer Short are both now lining up on defense … Along with Rakestraw’s interception, defensive back Curtis Appleton came up with a fumble recovery for the defense. … Officials called eight penalties on the Buffs in the 96 plays.

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will have Sunday off, then return to work on Monday for their 10th practice of camp.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-scrimmage talk with media (Practice No. 9 – Saturday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com

… Buffs used officials for the scrimmage (eight penalties in 96-play scrimmage) … 21 different players caught passes … K.J. Trujillo and Tarik Luckett singled out for play at cornerback … Deion Smith had good runs … Steven Montez “sharp except for one play” … OL Colby Pursell stepped up as a leader … team and coaches after first nine practices: “not flawless, but efficient” … “We’re right where we need to be” coming out of first scrimmage … James Stefanou made a 49-yarder at the end of the last practice to help team avoid running a “gasser” …


August 9th

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 8 – Friday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffsTV …


Mel Tucker:”When we scrimmage, that has as much weight or more than the practices because it’s live”

From CUBuffs.com … Head coach Mel Tucker said after Friday’s practice that he and his staff are starting to see a little “separation” when it comes to position battles.

“We had really good back and forth,” Tucker said. “We’re starting to see a little separation. It was very competitive. Very, very physical. Really no dropoff, but we are starting to see some guys who are embracing physicality. We don’t want to leave anyone behind so we’re going to need a little bit more encouragement, need to step it up. We’re going to make sure we get that done with those guys because you’re only as strong as your weakest link. We have to make sure we develop everybody.”

That separation process will no doubt go up a notch or two when the Buffs conduct their first full scrimmage of camp Saturday morning on the lower practice fields.

“When we scrimmage, that has as much weight or more than the practices because it’s live,” Tucker said. “It’s game-like. It’s the closest we can get them to a game in a practice environment. It’s really time to see who can get it done, who can produce, who can handle the pressure, who can carry the teaching and the coaching over into a live game-like situation.”

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OC/QB coach Jay Johnson on Steven Montez: “Unbelievable arm talent. Probably one of the best arm talents I’ve seen”

From CUBuffs.com … When fall camp began for the Colorado Buffaloes, there were a handful of positions about which there was little or no question concerning who the CU starter would be when the lights go on Aug. 30 for the Buffs’ season opener in Denver.

Quarterback, of course, was one of them. Senior Steven Montez has started every game for the Buffs over the last two seasons, and he has been the presumptive No. 1 since the Buffs opened the Mel Tucker Era last spring.

Montez has only cemented that spot thus far, with his first week in training camp maybe his most consistent in his five summers in Boulder. He has thrown the ball extremely well, he has worked closely with quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Jay Johnson on the playbook, and he has shown all the signs of being ready to take his game to the next level.

“I’ve been really impressed with his intellect and how quickly he picks up the schemes, the things that coach Johnson asks him to do, whether they’re run checks, pass checks,” Tucker said at last weekend’s CU media day. “He really runs a good show. He’s got command of the huddle.”

Those are the things Tucker and Johnson have been watching carefully, the areas in which they wanted to see steady progress.

The arm? There’s never been a question.

“The first time I saw him throw the ball, I said this guy’s got as good an arm as anyone that I’ve seen — and I’ve seen some really good quarterbacks and coached against some really good quarterbacks,” Tucker said. “In terms of arm talent, he has no deficiencies.  He has really good size and he has really good mobility. He’s a fierce competitor.”

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August 8th

Neill Woelk: Practice Report Update (Thursday) – freshman WR Tarik Luckett trying out at cornerback

From CUBuffs.com PRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were in full pads Thursday (practice No. 7) for the second time in camp … With depth a big priority on the defensive line, CU coaches are taking a long look at a number of newcomers up front. Thus far, true freshman Na’im Rodman has been making a solid impression. The 6-2, 295-pounder from Lakewood, Calif., took plenty of reps Thursday alongside Mustafa Johnson and Jalen Sami with the No. 1 defense, and continued to impress Tucker. Rodman was part of a defensive effort that had some solid moments, especially against the run — a Tucker priority.

“I saw our first defensive front really show up in the run game,” Tucker said. “Stout, we set good edges, built a wall up front against a physical offensive line, physical runners. We were able to stop the run on a consistent basis today with our first group. That was really good to see because our foundation defensively, the number one thing is we have to be able to stop the run.” …

CU coaches are taking a look at true freshman Tarik Luckett at cornerback. Recruited as a wide receiver, Luckett played DB in high school and he showed those skills Thursday. Matched against WR Daniel Arias in a 7-on-7 drill, he matched Arias stride for stride on a deep route, then went up and batted the ball away. He will add immediate depth to the position. …

Quarterback Steven Montez had another nice day throwing the deep ball. In a two-minute drill, with the offense facing a second-and-long after a penalty, Montez rolled to his left and threw a perfect deep ball strike downfield to Laviska Shenault Jr., who never broke stride en route to the end zone …

Safety Aaron Maddox had an interception in team work … Tight end Jalen Harris had a touchdown catch in red zone work when Montez rolled to his right to extend the play, then motioned Harris across the middle before connecting with him … The defensive line had some good stops against the run in short yardage and red zone work … Inside linebacker Nate Landman continues to be a steady influence in the middle of the defense … Outside linebacker Alex Tchangam is getting some reps with the No. 1 defense … JC transfer Quinn Perry is getting some quality work at inside linebacker.

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will be back in shells Friday morning before hitting Folsom Field on Saturday for their first major scrimmage of fall camp (closed to the public). Officials will be on hand to call the workout. Players will then have Sunday off before returning to work Monday.

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*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 7 – Thursday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation.com

Mel Tucker optimism genuine: “If I didn’t feel that way, I would tell you”

From the Daily Camera … It’s not uncommon for coaches to walk off the practice field, stand in front of the media and give a glowing report of that day’s workout – regardless of how it actually played out.

Colorado’s first-year head football coach Mel Tucker is making it a daily routine to rave about his team. On Wednesday, he assured those gathered around the microphones that he’s not just offering up coach-speak.

“If I didn’t feel that way, I would tell you,” he said.

Tucker did, in fact, express his disappointment after a practice during the spring, but six workouts into fall camp, he’s been encouraged.

“I’m not telling you guys (in the media) anything I’m not telling (the players),” he said. “If they do a good job, I have no reservations about telling them that. I believe that when they do it right, you have to tell them they’re doing it right and they can gain confidence from that and be energized. When they’re not doing it right, you confront, you demand, you teach and they respect that.”

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August 7th

Neill Woelk: Practice Report Update (Wednesday)

From CUBuffs.comPRACTICE REPORT: The Buffs were back in shells Wednesday, one day after their first full-pads practice of camp … Sophomore Alex Fontenot broke his second long run up the middle in as many days early in team drills … Tight end Jalen Harris made a nice back-shoulder grab in 7-on-7 work … True freshmen Austin WilliamsJayden Simon and Na’im Rodman are getting work together on the defensive line as the Buffs continue to work on depth there …

Cornerback Chris Miller made a nice break on a pass across the middle to pick off a pass against the No. 1 offense … But two plays later, quarterback Steven Montez bounced back with a perfectly timed deep ball to Laviska Shenault Jr. for a touchdown, earning the praise of Tucker after practice. “I thought he threw some beautiful deep balls today,” Tucker said. “I love to see him spin that rock the way he does.” …

The Buffs continue to rotate the left side of their No. 1 offensive line, giving guard Casey Roddick and Frank Fillip time along with Kary Kutsch and Arlington Hambright. Fillip, who has added about 25 pounds to his frame since spring ball, has been impressive while Roddick also looks solid, especially in the run game … Earning praise from Tucker was wideout Daniel Arias, who “makes plays every day.”

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will be back in full pads Thursday for their seventh practice of camp and return to shells on Friday. Saturday, they will conduct their first scrimmage of camp at Folsom Field (closed to the public) with referees scheduled to be on hand. The Buffs had the men in striped shirts at Tuesday’s full-pads workout as well.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 6 – Wednesday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation.com


August 6th

Niell Woelk: Practice Report details

From CUBuffs.comPRACTICE REPORT: Guard Kary Kutsch and tackle Arlington Hambright were running with the No. 1 offense on the left side Tuesday. … Tight ends Darrion Jones and Jalen Harris have both hauled in some nice catches over the last few practices and both are showing the ability to pick up yards after the catch … WR Daniel Arias continues to get open and make tough catches … Outside linebacker Carson Wells got some good pressure on the quarterback early in team drills … CB Delrick Abrams Jr. continues to show up with good coverage against CU’s outstanding fleet of wideouts … QB Sam Noyer took some reps with the No. 1 offense … Mekhi Blackmon had a nice knockdown of a long ball intended for K.D. Nixon in team drills … QB Steven Montez has been sharp this camp with short, intermediate and long throws.

SCHEDULE: The Buffs will be back in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) on Wednesday, then return to full pads on Thursday. Their first major scrimmage of camp (closed to the public) is set for Saturday at Folsom Field.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Practice No. 5 – Tuesday)*

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com … The offensive line has a good day in CU’s first day in full pads …


August 5th 

Neill Woelk: Practice Report details

From CUBuffs.comDaniel Arias had several nice catches in Monday’s workout, including a beautiful grab in the back of the end zone in double coverage … Guard Casey Roddick and tackle Frank Fillip took snaps with the No. 1 offense on the left side of the line. Roddick and Fillip could both figure in the Buffs’ rotation up front … Delrick Abrams, Jr. continues to hold down one corner spot, with Mekhi Blackmon and Chris Miller working the other side … Safety Mikial Onu delivered one of the bigger hits of the morning … Linebacker Jacob Callier had a fumble recovery in red-zone work … Punter Alex Kinney is having an outstanding camp …

The Buffs continue to put in plenty of work on goal-line and red zone situations, with the run game getting plenty of attention. True freshman Jaren Mangham continues to show an ability to get the hole with quickness and a purpose, and Deion Smith is also running with authority.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s post-practice talk with media (Monday)*

Notes … Coach Tucker on first day in full pads (Practice No. 4): “We’ve got enough players on both sides of the ball. It’s going to come down to execution … We all have something to prove” … Coach Tucker mentioned a number of players who have stood out as improving since Spring practices … Running backs Deion Smith and Alex Fontenot, wide receivers Dimitri Stanley and Daniel Arias, and cornerback Chris Miller. He also said linebacker Carson Wells our most underrated player who makes plays day after day.

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com


August 4th

Buffs hoping to use 2018 finish as motivation for the 2019 season

From the Daily Camera … Optimism is generally in large supply for football teams during the opening days of preseason camp.

Right now, every team in the country has a clean slate. For the Colorado Buffaloes, that’s important, because the last time they played a game, they completed an epic collapse that left them on the outside of the postseason yet again.

On Saturday, first-year head coach Mel Tucker and several players unofficially kicked off the new season with CU’s annual media day inside the Dal Ward Center.

Naturally, the disastrous finish of last year came up.

Under the direction of former head coach Mike MacIntyre, CU started last season at 5-0. They were the last unbeaten team in the Pac-12 and vaulted to No. 19 in the Associated Press rankings. That was followed by a seven-game losing streak that cost not only the Buffs (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) a bowl game, but MacIntyre his job.

“I told the players a couple days ago in a team meeting that I wouldn’t mention the 5-0 and losing seven straight, but obviously they’ll probably hear it again,” Tucker said Saturday when asked about last year’s slide.

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August 3rd 

** Video: Mel Tucker’s Media Day Press conference **

From CUBuffs.com … Mel Tucker  on Saturday’s practice (“It was a good step forward for us today” … “Everyone has bought in. We’ve been very productive”) … On bringing in a rugby expert to teach tackling without using the helmet … “Everything we do is to build mental toughness” (in hopes of avoiding losing seven straight again) … “When you can handle adversity, you can avoid losses” … Laviska Shenault (“He’s a freak of nature, but he’s a really good young man”) …  Steven Montez (“He is a very smart player. I’ve been impressed with how quickly he picks up schemes”) … On rivalry games (“There’s no way to downplay the expectations … You can’t say it’s just another game. It’s not just another game” … Nate Landman (“He’s a very instinctive player. He does a really good job of calling our defenses”) … On recruiting in the state of Colorado (“The challenge for us is to be attractive to those top level players. CU hasn’t been relevant, so we can’t assume anything”) … His relationship with CU AD Rick George (“He checks all of my boxes”) … On how he sees the offensive line working out … On his goals for the season (“We don’t talk about winning. We talk about the process which leads to winning”) .. On practices being harder than games (“no shortcuts. It takes what it takes”) …

* Video – Media Day Press Conference: Laviska Shenault; Nate Landman; Steven Montez *

From CUBuffs.com …

Mel Tucker demonstrates his hands-on approach in CU’s open practice

From the Daily Camera … You can take an old-school defensive guy and force him to oversee the other side of the ball. You can give him bigger responsibilities and the world of pressure that comes with any coach’s first full-time head coaching position with any high-level program.

At the end of any day, however, the equation is simple. Defensive guys love defense. And Mel Tucker is no different.

While Thursday marked the first official day of practice for the 2019 Colorado Buffaloes and the start of the Tucker era, Saturday morning offered a less official but more celebratory kickoff to the football season, with Tucker opening the doors to Folsom Field for what is scheduled to be the Buffs’ only open practice of the season.

Tucker spent a solid chunk of his time on Saturday morning giving hands-on instruction to the Buffs’ cornerbacks. That’s not exactly a bombshell, as Tucker said previously he likely will lend a helping hand on defense. Yet it showed that no matter the highs and lows the Buffs may experience under Tucker’s watch, he won’t be a guy content to watch it unfold from a CEO-type perch from afar.

Tucker prefers rolling up his sleeves and diving into the action.

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August 2nd

Video: Mel Tucker post-practice talk with media 

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com

… WR Tony Brown, RB Jared Mangham, DT Na’im Rodman, WR K.D. Nixon singled out … 


August 1st

… CU in a few minutes … 

Practice No. 1 – Mel Tucker: “We really picked up where we left off in the spring, so that was exciting”

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado head coach Mel Tucker saw what he wanted to see in the Buffaloes’ first practice of fall camp Thursday.

Now he wants to see improvement on Friday.

Tucker’s Buffs hit the practice field in shorts and helmets for their camp opener, the first time CU’s head coach and his staff have seen the team in a practice situation since the end of spring ball in April.

Suffice to say there was no gentle “break-in” period. The Buffs hit the ground running, and the emphasis on tempo that began in spring ball only increased. CU coaches made sure the Buffs were on the run not only during their drills and team work, but also when they moved from station to station.

That pace was apparent Thursday on a warm but not-too-hot Boulder morning. A Tucker staple is making sure every player “finishes” every play, and he exhorted the Buffs to “play to the echo of the whistle.”

 “I was pleased with what I saw today,” Tucker said. “We had a really good summer and players worked extremely hard in strength and conditioning. We’re bigger, we’re faster, we’re stronger and it showed up today. We’re able to have very good tempo, our transitions were good, so we really picked up where we left off in the spring, so that was exciting.”

Tucker has a long list of priorities for fall camp, including — in no particular order — bumping up the level of leadership from players, establishing more depth (particularly in the trenches) and seeing his offense make a jump in consistency and ball security.

Continue reading story here (including Neill Woelk’s inside information on the first-team offensive and defensive lines on Day One) …

Video: Mel Tucker breaks down Practice No. 1 of Fall Camp

From YouTube, courtesy of of CUSportsNation.com:

Mel Tucker’s first camp: Fundamentals, discipline and toughness

From Neill Woelk at CUBuffs.com … When Mel Tucker‘s Colorado Buffaloes open fall camp Thursday, it might be one of the most highly anticipated camps for the Buffs since Gary Barnett took the reins at CU 20 years ago.

But the difference in the two openings could not be more stark.

When Barnett — a former CU assistant — stepped in, the Buffs were still basking in the glow of the most successful 10-year stretch in program history. It was a decade that produced three straight conference titles, a national championship, a long list of All-Americans and national award winners (including a Heisman Trophy), and eight final top-20 rankings.

But Tucker, who last December became CU’s fourth head coach since Barnett left the program in 2005, has no such recent successes upon which to draw. Over the last 13 years, the Buffs have had more head coaches (three) than bowl games (two) — and just one winning season. Colorado also joined a new conference in that stretch, but the Buffs have barely managed to make a dent when it comes to impact on the Pac-12 standings.

Now it is Tucker’s turn.

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July 31st

... CU in a few minutes …

Daily Camera posts its Fall Camp preview

From the Daily Camera … The Mel Tucker era officially got underway in December when he was hired as the new head coach of the Colorado football team.

Since that time, excitement has been building within the program for his first season. After months of offseason preparation, Tucker’s debut is on the horizon. His first game, on Aug. 30 against Colorado State, is about four weeks away, and he will open his first fall camp with the Buffs on Thursday.

Nationally, expectations are low for the Buffs (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12 in 2018), but several players are eager to get started with Tucker’s first season.

“I’m super excited,” receiver Laviska Shenault said. “We’re just super excited about this team. I know we’re ready to put in the work and we’re ready to grind.”

During the grind of camp, the Buffs have a lot of work to do in preparation for the season. Here’s a camp primer, with a look at key position battles and players to watch.


Defensive line: Mustafa Johnson is a star up front, but plenty has to be sorted out in camp. Nose tackle Jalen Sami and end Terrance Lang might be the front-runners to join Johnson in the starting lineup, but they’ll be pushed by a group of six newcomers that includes four true freshman. One of those freshmen, 320-pound Austin Williams, has made a good impression this summer.

Inside linebacker: Nate Landman is the leader of this group – and of the defense – but he needs a new running mate with the graduation of Rick Gamboa. Sophomore Jon Van Diest had a good spring and he knows the defense, but he hardly has the job locked up. Junior Akil Jones is in his fourth year with the program, while junior college transfers Jash Allen and Quinn Perry will push for the job.

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Neill Woelk: Newcomers to keep an eye on during Fall Camp

From CUBuffs.com … With players scheduled to officially report Wednesday and open fall camp Thursday with their first practice, it’s safe to say the Colorado Buffaloes are chomping at the bit to get their 2019 season in gear.

No doubt, Mel Tucker‘s first fall in Boulder will produce plenty of questions — and hopefully an equal number of answers — as camp unfolds. Position battles will be intense at numerous spots, leadership will be a key, developing depth will be a priority and physical football will be non-negotiable from Day One.

One of the things that will make this camp particularly interesting is the number of newcomers who could put themselves in the mix to become significant contributors right away.

The list could be a long one. Tucker’s first recruiting class included six junior college transfers, each of whom could contribute immediately in one way or another. Tucker and his staff are also expecting a handful of high school recruits to compete for time right away, and the newcomers group also includes three graduate transfers who will be expected to make their marks in their final year of eligibility. Even if they don’t earn starting spots, many of them will get special teams experience and will also provide some important depth, especially at positions where Tucker likes to keep fresh legs in the game.

No doubt, the list will be fluid as camp progresses. There will be some surprises (hopefully no disappointments), some early impressive efforts and some late runs. What follows is an early guess — by no means all-inclusive — at which players who have never played a down in a CU uniform could be in key roles when the Friday night lights go on Aug. 30 in Denver against Colorado State.

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July 30th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Former four-star offensive lineman Jacob Moretti medically retires

From the Daily Camera … Jake Moretti has always had the desire to be a dominant player on the football field.

His body just isn’t cooperating.

The Colorado sophomore offensive lineman and former four-star recruit from Pomona High School in Arvada has decided to medically retire after a series of injuries have hampered him over the past three years.

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Hagan on Tucker: “That hasn’t happened here in a long time, where the guys want to be around the head coach”

From the Daily Camera … After going through a full spring and offseason with Mel Tucker as head coach, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez came up with one word to describe the Buffaloes’ new boss.

“Intense,” Montez told Buffzone.com this summer. “He embodies energy and it’s very positive energy. It’s what this team needed. When you think about an intense head coach, that’s exactly how he is.”

If Tucker was that intense during the offseason, Montez can only imagine what he’ll be like on game days, or when fall camp opens on Thursday.

“I’m excited to see what he’s like in fall camp,” Montez said. “I’ve seen it in spring ball, and spring ball and fall camp are two different things. Fall camp, you’re gearing up to play football games and that’s when intensity gets cranked up all the way to 11. I’m excited to see what he’s like on that first day of fall camp. It’s definitely going to be something to see.”

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26 Replies to “Fall Camp Notes”

  1. A big line eh? And young. Not anywhere near the line the garden hat had………..wanting small quick linemen ……………..that were never quick and go bowled over by the big d lines. Damn there is a look here of a real oline. The 3rd string 260 is an anomaly. Also there are some big young dudes not listed on the depth chart that will be there next year. I am encouraged.

    51 Arlington Hambright, 6-5, 300, Sr./Gr. ‐5
    76 Frank Fillip, 6-7, 290, Soph.*
    77 Hunter Vaughn, 6-7, 310, Jr.**
    58 Kary Kutsch, 6-5, 310, Jr.*
    68 Jack Shutack, 6-6, 300, Sr.‐5*
    64 Austin Johnson, 6-4, 300, Fr.
    56 Tim Lynott, Jr., 6-3, 300, Sr.‐5***
    52 Joshua Jynes, 6-3, 300, Fr.-RS
    79 Heston Paige, 6-5, 300, Soph.*
    65 Colby Pursell, 6-4, 305, Soph.*
    70 Casey Roddick, 6-4, 330, Fr.-RS
    74 Chance Lytle, 6-7, 320, Soph.*
    57 John Deitchman, 6-0, 260, Fr.-RS
    78 William Sherman, 6-4, 310, Soph.*
    54 Kanan Ray, 6-4, 290, Fr.-RS

    1. 57 John Deitchman, 6-0, 260, Fr.-RS = His listing is a reflection of how hard this kids works! Just like Brady Russell! Would be fun to watch him school one of those 320 lb. plus, DLs, on pad level and leverage alone!

  2. I am not surprised that Russell is the no 1 tight end After all MM, possibly in a moment of weakness, (or maybe when Jay was injured) threw to him a couple of times. Then again maybe that was Chev’s “fault.”
    Love to hear Mel say that nothing is set in stone….unlike MM’s game plans…and choice of starters.
    Also love to hear it wont be Viska on every play. It got so bad last year everybody keyed on him and rightfully so.

    1. The offense did get repetitious and Viska was pretty well beat up by the time he really got beat up. He can be even more effective if they don’t over use him like last year, and not only will he hopefully be fresher as the season goes on it just makes for a better all around offense when you can spread it around among some other quality players. Then just when you get the opponents defense worrying about the KD’s et al………BAM!!! (thank you Emril) you find Viska one on one and CU gets to kick off again.

    2. Don’t blame “Chiv!” After the 5-0 start, Old Garden Hat Mac went into his “play-not-to-lose” shell , putting his thumb on both his coordinators to play Prevent Defense and Prevent Offense!

      This was on display most in the OSU game : The Buffs didn’t lose after leading 31-3 in the 3rd quarter, they lost after NOT leading 28-0 after the first quarter!!! Their first three offensive possessions of the game were all run-based “three-and-outs” against the worst defense in the country!

  3. With the receivers so stacked, it will be great to see them hit a couple of different guys in between plays to Viska and then be able change out to a fresh group without losing a step; and back and forth tiring out the defense. It would also be cool to see the Shenault brothers line up next to each other and then cross paths and confuse (different number, but same name) or just plain beat the defense.

    With Sherman almost guaranteeing more protection for Montez in his comment, it could be an exciting offense to watch.

    1. Thanks, but I waited on the story until it hit the Daily Camera.
      I never post anything from the Post – on principle.
      When Kiszla goes, we’ll credit the Post again.

      1. double thumbs up and an emphatic YEEAAAH.
        Kisla either is related to a big shot at the paper or company
        the way he rifled Bichette’s locker he probably did the same thing with the office desks and has compromising info on one of his bosses
        Those are the only reasons I can think of he DP keeps that little worm around

  4. Welp not feeling good. Heard from a very reliable source that the Dline is not good. Big bodies but no real technique to rush the passer except 1 or 2. Lots of work to do. And problems against the run.

    We will see eh?

    Go Buffs…………………….ya got two weeks and then it starts.

    Please get a bowl game and beat the huskers.

    Guess the offense will have to carry the team…………….

      1. Better big DLs with no thechnique, than little guys! A lever DC will use them to take up space and occupy the OL, while the tackles and sacks are made by LBs and DEs.

  5. Once again the pre-season koolaid is flowing fast and furious, I hate to say it but first year coaches almost never fare well. Predicting 4-8, hope I’m wrong.

  6. Once again Mel’s post practice QA makes me think the Buffs are going to be much improved. He obviously got annoyed at a couple of repetitive questions where the reporters were trying to pin him down about individual players as starters. Mel keeps insisting that everyone is still in the mix day to day. That sounds to me like a great way to keep morale up, keep everyone busting their butt and building depth.
    I’m not going to make any predictions other than a bowl game. I dont know much about the other PAC teams other than what the same pundits say who give shallow reports on the Buffs.

  7. It’s not on Derrion Jones didn’t catch any passes last year. I don’t know how many were thrown at him but I would guess 1 or 2. He will get some this year. Big target like that with proven hand skills cannot be ignored.

  8. When I saw 21 different guys catching passes I wondered how many players the Buffs had at eligible positions. I started counting with the WRs and counted 15…..wow….and only one senior (Brown) albeit Nixon and Viska will probably go early.
    With Mel emphasizing the running game and all the tools are already there for the passing game I sure hope the O line comes through. If they do the O could be unstoppable.
    chugging the koolaide

  9. Someone in SID dept. needs to take Viska under their wing and start working with him. Yes he is very shy and doesn’t seem at all comfortable in the spotlight. If he has the kind of year as last and remains healthy he will will really be in the national spotlight. Seems like a great kid and if you are a teammate he is probably as good as you could ever have. CU is very fortunate to have a quality player and person like Viska.

    1. I listened to his interview during media days on the radio and he was a little hesitant and nervous but like the coach says it will probably just take a few more reps. I still like the way he held his ground when Ricky tikki tackey tried to bait him a couple of times

  10. First interview of a Mighty Buff Head Coach after the first practice that I’ve heard in 14 years that sounds like a real head coach. Damn. Time to move on up.


  11. “Over the last 13 years, the Buffs have had more head coaches (three) than bowl games (two) — and just one winning season”….that statement is mind numbing. I still can’t fathom how we have been so bad for so long. If Mel can’t turn this around I don’t know who can.

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