After spending the second half of last season as a regular in the starting lineup, Colorado cornerback Dante Wigley could have come into this spring feeling comfortable with his spot on the depth chart.

All Wigley has to do, however, is look around him to realize he has no time to rest.

"It's extreme competition (at corner)," said Wigley, a junior. "All of us can play, for sure. We're all competing and I can tell they're definitely pushing me to play harder, play better."

Wigley (six starts in 2017) and sophomore Trey Udoffia (eight starts) come into this season as the experienced veterans in the cornerback room, but junior college transfer Delrick Abrams and redshirt freshman Chris Miller are pushing for starting roles, as well. Sophomores Ronnie Blackmon and Derrion Rakestraw are competing, as well.

"Guys are competing with one another and I'm always continuing to push these guys to get better and better," first-year cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose said. "We've gotten a lot better since we started.

"We have to continue to get better, but I like the competition, and I want these guys to continue to be very competitive with one another and push each other. That's the only way you can become great in this game."

Wigley is using that competition to make himself better. Last season, he had 28 tackles, six pass breakups and often played well in his first season with the Buffs. He was inconsistent, however, and knows he has to be better this year.


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"I just want to make more plays, get more interceptions, force fumbles and stuff like that, and make sure my technique at the line of scrimmage is really good," he said. "I feel so far I've been doing that this spring.

"Mentally, I'm a lot smarter as a football player since the (season finale at Utah) and definitely my technique has gotten a lot better."

Head coach Mike MacIntyre, who has spent much of his career coaching cornerbacks, has often stressed the importance of corners finishing the play, and that's a priority for Wigley.

"Coach Mac pushes us harder than any other position," Wigley said. "He's a great coach and he pushes us extremely hard, so finishing on the ball is No. 1 for him. We have to get PBUs, interceptions and then at the line of scrimmage we have to be great off the ball."

The Buffs will be looking to Wigley, Udoffia and the others to make more plays and continue the tradition. CU has sent an impressive list of corners to the NFL in recent years, and Ambrose would love that trend to continue.

"They know the standard here," Ambrose said. "They know it's a high standard. You have come in and be ready to work and go hard every day. That's the reason why we're calling ourselves DBU now."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.