Going into Saturday, Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre said his top priority was to come out of a scrimmage without injuries.

Unfortunately, the Buffaloes weren't so lucky.

Running back Kyle Evans left Folsom Field in an ambulance with what Macintyre said was a hip injury sustained midway through the closed scrimmage.

MacIntyre said he wasn't sure of the severity of the injury and how it would impact the Buffs' depth going forward.

"Any time you get anybody hurt, you worry about depth (at that position), but we have some other good running backs and we definitely need Kyle back," MacIntyre said. "Hopefully he'll be all right."

Evans, a 5-foot-6 junior, is one of five scholarship running backs participating in spring, including senior Donovan Lee, who has been working at cornerback.

Evans ran for 346 yards and three touchdowns last season as the primary backup to Phillip Lindsay.

Outside of the injury to Evans, MacIntyre said the scrimmage went well for the Buffs, who practiced a "bunch of different situations in areas of the field."

The scrimmage allowed MacIntyre and the coaching staff to see several young players get some important repetitions.

"I just wanted to see some of the guys that haven't played a lot," he said. "We'll see on film. Some of them looked like they did well and some of them looked like they had a hard time. This is the first scrimmage where all the coaches are on the sidelines and we have to see what they know; see how well we're coaching them, how well we're teaching them."


MacIntyre said sophomore quarterback Steven Montez threw the ball well. He hasn't been officially declared the starter, but is certainly the odds-on favorite.

"Right now, he's farther ahead than the other guys, but all the guys we have can really throw it, and have excellent capability, so I feel good with our quarterback position," MacIntyre said. "Steven, to me, he's better than he was this time last spring, which is what you wanted to see for sure."

The other quarterbacks — notably redshirt freshmen Sam Noyer and Casey Marksberry and true freshman Tyler Lytle - had their moments.

"Like any scrimmage, you have different receivers, you mix and match the line, but I thought overall they made some plays and did some good things," MacIntyre said.

MacIntyre said the Buffs aren't likely to come out of spring with a set depth chart at quarterback.

"We'll still keep giving them reps at least half way through fall until we make the decision," he said.

Kicking battle

Field goal kicking was an adventure last season, and the Buffs are still trying to find a consistent performer in that area.

Last year's returnees - Davis Price and Chris Graham - are competing for the job along with Nick Porter and Taylor Wagner. With the exception of Graham, all of them are walk-ons.

On Saturday, MacIntyre said the kickers were "just OK."

"The punting was good, but the field goal (kicking) wasn't as good as I would like," he said.

Alex Kinney, who has punted the past two seasons, is back for his junior year, but MacIntyre said Graham and Porter are competing there, as well.


Linebacker Drew Lewis, who is vying for a starting job, had a solid scrimmage. "Drew is having a good spring," MacIntyre said. ... NJ Falo continues to work at inside linebacker, but Macintyre said the Buffs aren't sure if he will stay there or go back to outside linebacker. "That's what we're trying to figure out," he said. "He's made plays at both spots." ... The Buffs have now completed seven of their 15 spring practices. They'll return to the field on Monday. ... The annual spring game is slated for 1 p.m. on March 18 at Folsom Field. It's the only spring workout open to the media and public.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.