How well will the Buffs adjust to new offensive and defensive schemes?

The biggest change is on offense where the Buffs move from a West Coast oriented offense to the Pistol, which features the quarterback in the shotgun and the running back behind him. It also features a lot of short passes and elements of spread attacks. The defense is a base 4-3 and the biggest changes will be in pass coverage.

Can Shane Dillon live up to the hype and overtake Jordan Webb, Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman in the race to be the starting quarterback?

CU fans pined for Dillon last year as the three older players struggled, but those veterans might be more effective in a different scheme and with playmakers returning at wide receiver in Paul Richardson and Jeffrey Thomas. Dillon looks the part and had confidence in himself running the scout team last fall, but it's time for him to make his move.

Who steps into the void at left tackle where David Bakhtiari used to be?

Bakhtiari could have been an All-American if he had stayed for his senior year. He was relentless and whoever steps into his shoes won't have much, if any, experience playing left tackle at the college level. Likely candidates are senior Jack Harris, sophomores Marc Mustoe, Stephane Nembot and Jeremy Irwin. Junior Alexander Lewis might be the favorite but he won't be back from shoulder surgery until the fall.


Is there quality depth at linebacker or just a bunch of guys behind the starters?

There is no depth chart going in, but it would be a surprise if Derrick Webb, Brady Daigh and Paul Vigo aren't atop the depth chart coming out of spring. They have the most experience. But injuries happen during the season, especially at a position like linebacker. Who are the next men up?

Can the Buffs get through spring unscathed by major injuries?

Losing Paul Richardson to a torn anterior cruciate ligament last spring had profound impact on the offense coaches could call, quarterback play and the way the season unfolded. The Buffs badly need to avoid losing any of their key personnel this spring.