As is the case almost every spring, the Colorado football team is trying a few different players at new positions.

Among those adjusting are tight end George Frazier (practicing with the defensive line), defensive lineman Brett Tonz (offensive line) and running back Donovan Lee (cornerback).

"It doesn't look like anybody is a fish out of water at what they're doing right now," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "That's good to me. So far, it's looked pretty good from what we've tried to do."

Lee, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior, got lost in the mix at running back last year. With the Buffs relying on seniors Phillip Lindsay and Michael Adkins II, junior Kyle Evans and sophomore Beau Bisharat in the backfield, Lee is now looking to give the Buffs some depth at corner.

"Donovan is still working at corner and at nickel back and has done some good things there and he's playing on all the special teams," MacIntyre said. "He's doing a good job.

"He played (corner) in high school. He does look comfortable out there at corner."

A former receiver, Lee has flashed some versatility on offense, but was also a star on defense in high school. At Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, Calif., Lee was the Mission League's defensive MVP in 2013.

Man in the middle

For the past two years, Rick Gamboa has been entrenched in the middle of CU's defense at one of the two inside linebacker positions.

Now a junior, Gamboa is the only experienced player at inside linebacker, and the Buffs view him as a leader going into this next season.


"Rick is definitely a mainstay for us," MacIntyre said. "He's played well for two years. He's a leader and understands our defensive scheme completely. He makes a lot of plays. Rick is a big key leader and key component in our defense."

Along with Gamboa, the Buffs will rely on juniors Drew Lewis and NJ Falo and redshirt freshman Akil Jones at inside linebacker.


The Buffs were in pads and went through some full contact drills Wednesday. MacIntyre said the Buffs had a 20-minute compete period. "(We) had guys competing out there and rotated a bunch of guys in," he said. "I thought it went well." ... The Buffs will be back on the field Friday and then are schedule to scrimmage on Saturday. All practices are closed to the public and media.

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