So here he is 15 months into his college career and Patrick Devenny is just now learning what life is like as a college quarterback.
To recap, Devenny was recruited to Colorado after a successful high school career as a quarterback at Granite Bay High School in Roseville, Calif. He received little to no teaching at the position in his first season last year.
Devenny said he hasn't talked to Carpenter since their teams played in Folsom Field in September, but he might give his old friend a call and get some advice in the coming days.
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said Devenny "did some decent things" in Sunday night's brief scrimmage. He said he has enough arm strength to play the position and his experience as a prep quarterback in a successful program has helped pick up the fundamentals quickly once again.
Hawkins said Devenny will probably move back to tight end at the end of the season when he was asked if he could remain at quarterback.
"You know, we'll see, things work out funny," he said. "I don't know if it is exactly our plan, but you never know. A guy might come in and go 25-for-30 and 300 yards and you go 'Why isn't that guy playing quarterback?'"
Devenny said he had a meeting with Hawkins following spring football when they made a mutual decision to move him to tight end because he had performed poorly in spring ball. At 6-foot-3 and nearly 240 pounds, it made sense and Hawkins said he believed Devenny had the athletic ability to play the position.
Devenny said he believes he could have been a better quarterback in the spring and even now if he would have been tutored more during his redshirt season.
"I really couldn't tell you what a meeting was like for Joel (Klatt), Brian (White) Bernard (Jackson) and James (Cox) last year," Devenny said. "I honestly don't even remember ever sitting in one. I think that definitely would have helped."
Hawkins is serving as tight ends and special teams coach this week while assistant coach Kent Riddle spends time with his mother in Iowa City. Riddle's mother suffered a stroke last week.
"I'm putting in some long hours, but that's OK," Hawkins said.
On the McBride side
Chase McBride will continue to serve as punt returner this week against Kansas State. McBride played for the first time all season last week in place of Stephone Robinson, who had been struggling to catch punts cleanly and make good decisions all season.
McBride fielded only one punt and returned it for 5 yards, but he has a history of success in the job dating back to high school.
"He didn't get a lot of opportunities, but I thought he was very comfortable catching the one ball and there was a ball that hit the ground but he clearly had no chance to catch," Hawkins said. "He did a good job managing that, and managing the red zone, he did what he could do where he was at."
Hawkins said he thought the change lit a fire in Robinson.
Safety J.J. Billingsley was not in pads Tuesday and is questionable for Saturday. Center Mark Fenton still is unable to run anywhere near full speed and likely won't play any time soon. ... Former CU assistant coach Milan Vooletich died last Thursday in San Antonio. Vooletich, 65, served as CU's defensive backs coach for four seasons under Bill Mallory in the 1970s. He also coached at Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Rice, Iowa and Kentucky.