While some of the Colorado linebackers sat out or played limited snaps in Saturday's scrimmage at Folsom Field, one newcomer seized the opportunity.
Drew Lewis, a transfer from Coffeyville Community College, had a strong showing at inside linebacker during the practice, making several solo tackles and being near the ball on numerous other occasions.
"We wanted to play Drew a lot," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He played second team and first team some. I thought he made some plays. He lined up wrong a few times when he got tired, but that's the process of him just getting the reps.
"He did fly around a few times and made a couple of plays sideline-to-sideline pretty nice."
Lewis began his career at Washington as a redshirt in 2014 before playing at Coffeyville last season. He had 63 tackles last season despite missing all or parts of five games with a broken thumb.
Senior Kenneth Olugbode and junior Addison Gillam are the projected starters at inside linebacker. Olugbode played limited snaps, while Gillam had a scheduled day off and did not participate in the scrimmage.
Making their mark
CU running backs coach Darian Hagan has been impressed with the group of players he's working with this fall. This is Hagan's sixth season as a running backs coach, but his first since 2010.
"As a group I think this is probably the most talented group I've coached," he said. "We're improving, we're getting better. The young guys are kind of swimming a little bit, but the veterans, I think those guys are doing a really, really good job."
Juniors Donovan Lee and Phillip Lindsay are the top two options and both played well in the scrimmage, especially in goal line situations. Lindsay had two touchdowns and Lee had one.
"I think all the running backs did really well in the goal line situation," Lee said. "We always have that mentality that when we get that close to the end zone, no 11 people are going to stop us, especially if we're all operating on the same page. I think we really did that today.
"I think any of the running backs they put in there are going to be productive. We've done the best we can with the people that we have in this room, and I'm really excited to see what we do this year."
Junior Michael Adkins II has been limited with a hamstring injury, but will certainly be in the mix if healthy. Adkins did not play on Saturday.
Walk-on sophomore Kyle Evans is having a good camp, as well, and could be a factor.
Hagan said he's been pleased with the progress of true freshman Beau Bisharat, who is eager to learn and "really, really coachable," Hagan said.
"I think he's done well," Hagan said. "He's shown some good things and he showed some glimpse of what he can do."
Lewis' brother, Troy, is a walk-on and a big back (6-foot-2, 220 pounds). Hagan said Troy Lewis is still learning, but could make a difference on special teams.
The Buffs had a day off on Sunday, but will resume practice today. They are scheduled to have two-a-days today, Wednesday and Friday this week, while also having morning practices on Tuesday and Thursday. All practices are closed to the public and media. ... The Pac-12 Networks will be on hand for this morning practice and the CU training camp special will debut on the networks at 10 p.m. today.
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