When Connor Wood lines up behind the center during practice, he looks at ease.

The defense is moving around in front of him, music is playing on the loud speakers, other players are working on drills just a few yards away, but Wood doesn't lose his focus.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior quarterback barks out directions to his teammates, takes the snap and runs through whatever play his coaches have drawn up for him. Often, it results in a completed pass.

Six days into Colorado's fall football camp, the Buffaloes have yet to name a starting quarterback, but they certainly have a front-runner for the job.

"Right now, yeah, I think (Wood) has kind of taken a little bit of a lead," CU offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren said following Sunday's practice.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre and his entire staff are new to CU and with that they have opened up the competition at a lot of different positions, including quarterback. Wood, sophomores Stevie Joe Dorman and Jordan Gehrke and true freshman Sefo Liufau have spent the past six days sharing repetitions and taking their turns making big plays and making mistakes.

"It's a learning process right now," Lindgren said. "That just comes from repetitions. The thing I like is we're getting a ton of repetitions. We've just got to be more consistent right now with our decision making. We're having a good period or a good drive and then the next drive we're making some mistakes that we can't make. We've got to learn from them and then just keep repping them and keep those guys coming."


It's been a while since quarterback was a position of strength at CU.

Yes, Cody Hawkins (2007-2010) holds several program records, including most career completions (667), attempts (1,214), yards (7,409), touchdown passes (60) and interceptions (41), but he's generally not considered among the top passers to come through Boulder.

Many CU fans would go back to Joel Klatt in 2005 to find CU's last solid quarterback; and most would argue that Koy Detmer, in 1996, was the last great Buffs passer.

It's too early to tell if there is a great -- or even a good -- quarterback on the roster this year, but the Buffs at least seem encouraged about the direction of that position as they wrap up the first week of camp.

It starts with Wood, who emerged from spring practices as the No. 1 quarterback. He was then voted as a team captain during the summer and has since embraced that leadership role.

"He really was clicking (late in the spring) and had a good spring game and handled himself well in some pressure situations there," Lindgren said. "Then, he took a good leadership role with the whole team over the summer. I think he's definitely got a foot up right now."

Wood is the only one of the four healthy quarterbacks on the roster to have ever taken a snap in a game at CU, but his final stats (21-of-42, 265 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions) from 2012 weren't great. In his one start, he completed five of his six passes, but two of those went to the other team. He was benched before halftime.

This year has a much different feel to it, though.

"I'm really excited about where I am compared to, say, the two-a-days from last year and how my performance was (then)," Wood said. "It's a night and day difference. I feel that the team is responding to my leadership better. When I'm on the field, I feel like I'm in complete control of what's going on and that's a good feeling to have.

"I feel really good about where I am, but I'm never satisfied about where I am. I've still got work to do."

Lindgren had praise for the other three quarterbacks in camp, as well.

Like Wood, Dorman -- who is Detmer's nephew -- had a good summer and was crisp in the early days of camp, Lindgren said.

The two newcomers -- Gehrke, who transferred from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, and Liufau -- have made a good impression, too. Lindgren, however, said both of them are trying to adjust to the fast-paced tempo of the offense.

"Right now I think their minds are going a million miles an hour," Lindgren said. "They've just got to relax and make every rep count, as far as learning the install and then translating what you learn in the classroom and bringing it out here.

"When they do that, I think they're going to be really good players."

While the quarterbacks have done well, and while Wood seems to have a solid hold on the top spot, the coaches aren't quite ready to name a starter for the Sept. 1 opener against Colorado State.

MacIntyre said that following Sunday's practice, he and his staff would take a long look at the four quarterbacks and figure out the specific strengths and weaknesses of each player.

Lindgren added that he and MacIntyre talk daily about that position, but said MacIntyre will make the final decision.

"I think that's something that when coach MacIntyre is comfortable making it, he makes it," Lindgren said.

As far as Wood is concerned, the final decision is out of his control, so he said he'll continue to focus on what he can control.

"I'll just keep playing," he said.

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