Brian Lindgren is in no hurry to get spring football started.

For the second year in a row, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is planning to start spring ball in mid-February, which is much earlier than most programs begin.

Lindgren, the Buffs' co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, would love to push that start date back, even into March.

"I know (MacIntyre) has toyed around with the idea of pushing it back a little bit to give us a little bit more time," Lindgren said. "I don't know where he's at on that."

In December, the Buffs hired Darrin Chiaverini as their new co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He and Lindgren will work together to develop CU's offensive scheme for the 2016 season.

So far, however, the two haven't had much time to collaborate.

Chiaverini spent most of December finishing his duties at Texas Tech, culminating in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29. He didn't arrive in Boulder until last Saturday, and during the next three weeks, the entire staff will be focused on recruiting, with national signing day coming up on Feb. 3. Both coaches are currently out of town - in separate locations - on recruiting trips.

So far, Chiaverini and Lindgren have talked several times on the phone and started watching film together earlier this week. They won't have much of a chance to start planning their offense until after signing day.


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With such a critical season facing MacIntyre and his staff, Lindgren believes the more time he and Chiaverini have to figure out a plan, the better.

"Yeah, I would prefer it," Lindgren said. "I think that would be good to give us a little more time to get on the same page and mesh what we're doing and get our system down. I think that's something coach MacIntyre will consider."

Another factor is that CU still has a position to fill on its coaching staff and that hire could impact the offense. Several members of the staff have said recently that if MacIntyre knows what he wants to do with that open position, he has not shared his plan with the assistants.

Last year, the Buffs opened spring ball on Feb. 16 and concluded with the spring game on Mach 15. They started spring practices less than two weeks after hiring defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and safeties coach Joe Tumpkin.

Coming along

One thing the Buffs do know about the spring is that senior quarterback Sefo Liufau will be a spectator. He suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot on Nov. 13 against Southern California and was told at the time he would need six to eight months to recover.

Lindgren said this week that Liufau is doing well in his rehabilitation.

"Everything that we've heard from the doctors is that everything is progressing as planned and he's on track to recover in the timeline that they gave us," Lindgren said.

That timeline would have Liufau ready to play by the summer, and Lindgren said, "We're expecting him to be fully recovered and ready to go for the season. Everything we've heard, he's on track to do that."

Awini's spot unknown

Senior Jaleel Awini came to CU in 2014 as a quarterback, but shifted to linebacker last spring. After playing well at times on defense this past season, Awini was shifted back to quarterback for the last two weeks after Liufau's injury. He played late in the finale at Utah, helping CU to a touchdown.

Awini showed enough in that Utah game that coaches really aren't sure where to play him this coming season.

"He's too talented of a guy to be sitting on the bench," Lindgren said. "We have to find some ways to use him. There's some definite ways we can use him on offense and I think the defensive guys would love to have him, as well.

"That's something that as a staff we're trying to figure out right now, how we can best use him on the field? And we haven't decided that."

Lee versatile

Donovan Lee was another player who moved positions out of necessity, going from slot receiver to running back. He wound up playing in both spots, and Lindgren said that may not change.

"We were really impressed with what he did at running back," Lindgren said. "He seemed very natural back there. He was fun to have in there because he made some plays at running back and we could motion him out to receiver.

"He created some problems, I think, for defenses. He's just a good football player."

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