CU’s Juda Parker is moving from defensive end to defensive tackle, coach Mike MacIntyre announced Wednesday.
CU's Juda Parker is moving from defensive end to defensive tackle, coach Mike MacIntyre announced Wednesday. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)
Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre likes to experiment during the spring with position changes for players and assistant coaches spending a portion of their time coaching other positions.

MacIntyre announced a change after Wednesday's practice that is more permanent than experiment.

Senior defensive lineman Juda Parker is moving from defensive end to defensive tackle and junior Tyler Henington is moving from defensive tackle to defensive end.

MacIntyre said Parker has gained weight and strength in the winter conditioning program and played a little defensive tackle at times last season. He said Parker has looked good playing inside so far this spring and will stay there. Parker is up to 275 pounds and MacIntyre said he would like him at 280 by the time the season kicks off.

Parker played in all 12 games last season at left defensive end and made nine starts. He finished with 28 total tackles but just one sack and no other tackles for loss.

Meanwhile, Henington has slimmed down, is in better shape and looks better suited to playing defensive end. Henington also played in all 12 games last season for a total of 251 snaps. He made just eight total tackles.

"He's a lot quicker and has a lot better first step so we moved him outside to end," MacIntyre said. "That's been a good thing. Also with Tyler, when we play spread teams, he can go inside and he's a lot quicker to pass rush.

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I think we've kind of made a switch there and I think that will help our football team."

Looking good

MacIntyre said redshirt freshman defensive lineman Derek McCartney, the grandson of former CU coach Bill McCartney, has looked good so far this spring. MacIntyre said he is eager to get defensive end Jimmie Gilbert back on the field in the fall. Gilbert, who will be a sophomore in 2014, is recovering from shoulder surgery.

The biggest standout of the first portion of spring on the defensive line has been defensive tackle Josh Tupou.

"The first six days of spring he has really looked good," MacIntyre said."

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MacIntyre said the format for the second scrimmage of spring on Friday will be similar to the first scrimmage. The Buffs will practice for an hour or so beforehand and will spend 60-80 minutes scrimmaging. MacIntyre said he hopes to see a more aggressive approach from both sides of the ball and improvement from the defense in the red zone.