I've been asked a few times over the first week of fall camp to share my impressions of freshman wide receiver Jay MacIntyre, the son of head coach Mike MacIntyre.
Now that we're a week into camp and I've had opportunities to watch him in a lot of situations, I can say I've been impressed by almost everything I've seen from him.
Jay MacIntyre is plenty fast to play in the Pac-12. He's not Paul Richardson fast, but I'm betting he is as fast or faster than most of the guys he is competing against at wide receiver. Guys like Shay Fields, Bryce Bobo and Devin Ross are faster.
Here is what I really like about MacIntyre. He catches almost everything thrown his way. He made an impressive leaping catch in the back of the end zone in this morning's practice and came down in bounds before the rest of his body hit the ground in what looked and sounded like a painful, but successful touchdown catch.
MacIntyre is not a big guy. I think he could definitely use a redshirt season. He has some of the same characteristics as former Buff Scotty McKnight, but I think he's faster than Scotty was when he came to Boulder as a true freshman.
Bottom line on Jay MacIntyre. I have no doubt he will contribute in some way in the future here. He's a solid addition.
A week ago I would have had a hard time believing that a true freshman cornerback would be able to earn playing time this season because of the depth at the position. I still doubt it happens because there are a lot of veteran guys, but if coaches end up needing a young guy to step up and play, Jaisen Sanchez looks like he could get the job done.
Sanchez is a big guy who I think might ultimately end up at safety or even linebacker if he puts on much weight, but for now he's a cornerback and he's been impressive. Watched him pick off two passes in a row this morning matched up against veteran receivers in drill.
And finally, this team doesn't have a lot of offensive linemen with experience, but it does have a lot of offensive linemen who look like they're Pac-12 caliber players. Plenty of young guys will get experience this year and I can see this group being much less of a question mark at this time next year.
I know no one wants to be looking ahead to next year at this time of year. I guess my point is I don't see this being a long-term area of concern for the program, but there is no doubt this season might hinge on how well the group plays.