As dozens of Colorado football players go through a workout, Drew Wilson doesn't stop.

The energetic new director of strength and conditioning at CU, Wilson has been on the job for only about three weeks, but as he constantly weaves his way through the room, it's clear who runs this show.

"There's been a lot of energy in here and he's brought a different perspective and a different vibe," running back Michael Adkins II said. "He's very encouraging and very motivating and I think that's what we needed."

Following a 4-9 season last fall that left him 10-27 in three years as Colorado's head coach, Mike MacIntyre fired director of sports performance Dave Forman in December.

Arguably the most important hire a coach can make is with the strength coach, because that person spends the most time with the players. MacIntyre put his trust in Wilson, who spent the previous five years at Maryland.

Wilson wasted no time in putting his stamp on the strength and conditioning program.

"Based on my philosophy, yeah, we're starting from ground zero," he said.

Under Forman, the Buffs had a more scientific approach. With Wilson, it's all about getting stronger.

"It's pretty simple," Wilson said. "We're going to Olympic lift, we're going to squat, we're going to press, we're going to pull. Everything after that is based on the individual guys need. Call it old school. We're going to lift weights and that's how you get stronger."


The sessions are fast-paced, too, and if a player slacks off, he'll hear about it. Whether it's Wilson or one of his other staff members — or other players — there's always somebody watching and motivating.

"We worked hard under (Forman) as well, but it's a different change of pace," offensive tackle Isaac Miller said. "Hopefully we keep it going."

Adkins, Miller and several other players have all given positive reviews of Wilson to this point. They are working hard, and so far nobody is shying away from that work.

CU director of strength and conditioning Drew Wilson, left, works with running back Dino Gordon at the Champions Center on Wednesday. For video:
CU director of strength and conditioning Drew Wilson, left, works with running back Dino Gordon at the Champions Center on Wednesday. For video: (Kira Horvath / Staff Photographer)

"The guys have picked up on everything and they're doing a good job," Wilson said. "They love it. Kids want to get stronger, they want to work hard; they just need a direction, to be told how to do it. They need to have demands placed on them."

While Wilson has been demanding, he also believes that players need to know his demands stem from a desire to make them better, not to tear them down mentally. He's motivating their minds as much as their bodies.

"He's an intense guy," Miller said. "He's getting everybody motivated, which is good."

With the Buffs being just three weeks into the new program, it's not a surprise they are still motivated and working hard. Miller said that while Wilson is establishing the foundation, it's up to the players to keep this train rolling.

"Regardless of who is on the staff and who is coaching us ... it comes down to what we're doing as a team and our desire," he said. "I think maybe a little change of pace has helped that and hopefully we can keep that going throughout the months leading up to the season. It's only week three. If we can have this work ethic in week 10, we might get somewhere."

Wilson is counting on it, and he was happy to see MacIntyre push the start of spring practice from February to early March so he can have more time to keep the momentum going.

"It's going to allow us to have a little bit better base on what we want to do going into spring ball," Wilson said.

While his wife and children have yet to move to the area, Wilson is enjoying building that base. He's also enjoying his new surroundings and working with CU's new equipment.

"I have no complaints," he said. "I'm blessed to be here."

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.