Ahkello Witherspoon, center, celebrates after intercepting a pass during Colorado’s scrimmage Saturday at Folsom Field. Go to BuffZone.com for more
Ahkello Witherspoon, center, celebrates after intercepting a pass during Colorado's scrimmage Saturday at Folsom Field. Go to BuffZone.com for more photos. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

As the only player on the field wearing a green jersey, it was easy to spot Tony Julmisse on Saturday during Colorado's scrimmage at Folsom Field.

It was Julmisse's play that really stood out, however.

The true freshman from Plantation, Fla., has been playing receiver and cornerback during fall camp and he shined on both sides of the field Saturday. Julmisse caught an 83-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Jordan Gehrke for what was, by far, the longest play of the day. He also made several good plays on defense.

"He's definitely an athlete we're going to find a way to get on the field at times, there's no doubt, and especially as the year goes along," head coach Mike MacIntyre.

Where Julmisse plays remains to be seen, but it appears he'll practice on both sides of the ball for the foreseeable future.

"We're going to keep using him both ways for a while," MacIntyre said. "We'll decide which side he'll emphasize on, and I think we'll probably keep him on the other side and still practice him there in case we have some injuries. We haven't made our mind up on that yet. As you can tell, it's hard to because he makes plays on both sides of the ball. We just have to figure out where he'll play the most."

Mixed results

As is the case in a lot of scrimmages, Saturday provided good and bad moments for both the offense and defense. In general, however, MacIntyre was pleased with how the Buffs played.


"There was plays made on both sides of the ball," he said. "Overall, I did like the effort and there was a lot of good hits out here, too. I like the physicalness of our football team."

Senior quarterback Sefo Liufau was average on the day. He hit some good throws, but missed others, including a deep ball that was intercepted by Ahkello Witherspoon. MacIntyre felt it was a great play by Witherspoon and was encouraged to see the senior make that play.

Backup quarterback Steven Montez tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brian Boatman in a goal-line situation. Gehrke had the two big plays of the day. In addition to the deep touchdown to Julmisse, he had a 50-yard touchdown pass to Kabion Ento.

The Buffs have worked hard on their goal-line situations, and MacIntyre was pleased to see running backs Phillip Lindsay and Donovan Lee score touchdowns in those situations.

The defense had its moments, too, including a couple of stops in goal-line and other situations.

"I thought the defense stepped up and made some plays in some different areas," MacIntyre said.

Montez leaves early

Late in the scrimmage, Montez, who is projected to be the top backup at quarterback, left the field with what appeared to be a left ankle injury.

Trainers wrapped Montez's left ankle and he did not return, but did spend the rest of the time standing on the sidelines giving signals. MacIntyre said there does not appear to be concern about Montez's ankle, but the Buffs felt it was best to have him sit the rest of the practice and make sure he's ready for the rest of the camp, which resumes Monday.

Sitting out

Receiver Juwann Winfree sat out of the scrimmage with a hip injury. It does not appear to be a serious injury, but the Buffs don't want to push him back too early.

Running back Michael Adkins II, who has had hamstring issues in camp, was in uniform but did not play. Also on offense, receivers Jaleel Awini and Lee Walker and offensive linemen John Lisella, Isaac Miller and Colin Sutton sat out.

Lisella has not practiced yet this fall because of an illness.

Defensively, linebackers Addison Gillam, Jimmie Gilbert, Derek McCartney and Deaysean Rippy were held out of the scrimmage and Kenneth Olugbode played sparingly. Safety Ryan Moeller and Lyle Tuiloma were out with injuries. Tuiloma had a walking boot on his right foot.


Place kickers Diego Gonzalez and Chris Graham were perfect on their kicks.

The incumbent and expected starter, Gonzalez was 5-for-5 on field goals with a long of 40 yards. He was 2-for-2 on the left hash, where he struggled last year.

Graham was 3-for-3 on field goals, with a long of 35. As a duo, they were 3-for-3 on extra points.


Including field goal and extra point kicks, the Buffs ran 108 plays in 69 minutes of scrimmage time. ... Lindsay finished the day with two touchdowns and also had about a 20-yard run on which he dragged defenders for about 10 yards. ... Slot receiver Jay MacIntyre made several nice catches and was a go-to receiver for Liufau on third-downs. He also had a 15-yard run on a reverse on a fourth-and-10 play.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.