It would have been easy for Tim Lynott to look at the things he did wrong last Friday against Colorado State and hang his head.
Instead, Colorado's starting right guard views the mistakes he made a different way.
"It was just nice to get that out of the way, the first game jitters and getting those mistakes done and then move onto the next game," said Lynott, a redshirt freshman who made his collegiate debut in the Buffaloes' 44-7 win against CSU.
It certainly wasn't a bad debut, by any means, for the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder, but he did miss a couple of assignments and was flagged once for a false start.
"It was one of those things where I just wanted to get off the ball," he said. "I think that was one of the good things I just got that out of the way and hopefully I don't do that in any other game."
Overall, Lynott showed why the coaches have been so impressed with him throughout the offseason. He was the only offensive lineman to play all 89 snaps, and he had two knockdown blocks and three touchdown blocks (tying with center Alex Kelley for the team lead).
Lynott, from Regis High School, said he did battle some butterflies and he knew he wouldn't be perfect in his debut.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking, honestly, the first couple of plays and then after that it kind of just felt like a normal game to me," he said. "I did expect some mistakes and you just have to improve on those mistakes and just get better the next week and keep improving every week."
That's exactly what Buffs' offensive line coach Klayton Adams is hoping for on Saturday when CU (1-0) hosts Idaho State (1-0) in the home opener at Folsom Field.
"Just because I think he's such a great kid and he's so talented, I expect him to play better than he did on Friday," Adams said. "He did a ton of good things, but he's capable of much more. There's a lot of natural, raw ability there. He's got to really hone in on the technique part of it. Once he's able to perfect his craft and really tighten his game up, he can be a much better player than he is (now)."
As a group, the offensive line played well against the Rams, helping CU rack up 260 rushing yards and allowing just one sack. Adams said that much like Lynott, the group is capable of more.
"There were some good things, but there's still a ton of things to work on," he said. "When you watch the game, we had four penalties (three accepted) on the offensive line, we gave up a sack we shouldn't have given up. There's some times where we're maybe getting beat because we're letting technique slide a little bit."
Having a list of things to correct certainly humbled the linemen going into this week.
"That's the whole thing we talked about (Monday): we're going to be hard on you and there's going to be times where we watch this film and it ain't going to feel like it did right after the game," Adams said, "but it's a lot more fun to do that when you're able to have some success in the game rather than the other way around."
Backup QB battle
Redshirt freshman Steven Montez won the job as the backup quarterback coming out of camp, beating senior Jordan Gehrke. Montez then made his college debut on Friday, playing the final four offensive snaps against the Rams.
"Steven had an excellent spring and then he did really well in the fall," MacIntyre said. "They both did well, but Steven is a little bit ahead at this point. Hopefully we don't have to see too many of our backups at quarterback. If they do, I think they're both ready to play."
CU announced on Wednesday that it will wear black helmets, black jerseys and gold pants on Saturday. It's the only time this year that the Buffs will wear their black helmets. ... Left tackle Jeromy Irwin led the linemen in knockdown blocks against the Rams, with five.
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