Sanchez
Sanchez

Already short-handed at safety, the Colorado football team got even thinner there this week when sophomore Jaisen Sanchez suffered a torn ACL.

For now, the Buffaloes are not making any personnel changes to adjust to Sanchez's injury.

"We're very unfortunate that Jaisen got hurt, but we also can move some guys around," head coach Mike MacIntyre said.

Sanchez's injury leaves just three healthy safeties on scholarship - senior Tedric Thompson and juniors Afolabi Laguda and Ryan Moeller. Laguda, however, has practiced all spring in a cast because of a broken hand, and Moeller is still working his way back after a season-ending injury last season.

In addition to those three, the Buffs have used cornerback Nick Fisher as a safety and nickel back this spring. Senior cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is a versatile player who can line up at corner, safety or nickel.

"We just kind of rotate those guys around," MacIntyre said.

Junior college transfer Kyle Trego will add depth once he arrives in the summer.

Tough competition

Speaking of Awuzie, he's been tough on CU receivers this spring. The Buffs' receivers are learning their roles in the revamped offense, but that hasn't been easy when going up against one of the Pac-12's best cornerbacks.


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"Chido is good. He's really good," CU receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini said. "I love going against him, because he makes us better. We've hit a couple of balls on him, but he's beat us more than we've beat him right now. I'm glad he's on our team."

Slot star?

When visiting the Buffs recently, quarterback Davis Webb, who will arrive this summer, was impressed with receiver Jay MacIntyre. In fact, Webb, who is transferring from Texas Tech, compared Jay MacIntyre to a couple of former Tech stars.

"He's a tough little slot, inside receiver," Webb said. "At Texas Tech, when you think slot receiver, you think of Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and guys like that, and I feel like he's got the work ethic to be a really good player in this offense."

Chiaverini said Jay MacIntyre has had a really good spring and, as the son of head coach Mike MacIntyre, has the knowledge of a coach in a lot of ways.

"He'll have a role in our offense and I've been pleased with what he's been doing," Chiaverini said. "He has some of those innate abilities to understand zones and understand those things. He's working. He's still a young football player, but he's making progress."

Change of plans

CU was originally slated to have a scrimmage on Friday, but instead did more individual and one-on-one work.

"The last half of practice the other day, we had a scrimmage, so today I cut it back a little bit," coach MacIntyre said.

Injuries played a role in that decision. In addition to the numbers at safety, the Buffs are just starting to work inside linebackers Kenneth Olugbode (ankle) and Ryan Severson (concussion) back into the mix. Olugbode was in pads Friday for the first time this spring but wore a non-contact jersey.

Notable

Junior Tim Coleman has moved from defensive end to defensive tackle. Although a bit small for tackle at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Coleman has impressed coach MacIntyre with his lower-body power and the quickness he has to get past guards on passing downs. ... Several high school coaches were in attendance for the annual coaches clinic. They got to sit in on meetings, watch practice and listen to speeches from Bill McCartney, Gary Barnett and Dave Logan throughout the day. "I hope they go back with some information that can help them be successful and help their teams be successful, and I think they will," MacIntyre said.

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