Sophomore Steven Montez and freshman Sam Noyer are still battling for the starting job at quarterback. Head coach Mike MacIntyre, of course, won't publicly name a starter until game time on Saturday. He's not quite sure when he'll let the team know, either.

"I don't know yet," he said. "I'll make it when I get with the staff and feel like we exactly know what we want to do."

MacIntyre doesn't subscribe to the theory that it's always better for the team to know ahead of time which quarterback will start.

"I've done it every different way," he said. "I've had it every way."

He has been encouraged by what he's seen from both players this week, however.

"They both practiced really well and have done some good things," he said.

Stefanou's range

During last week's 28-0 loss to Washington State, the Buffs had the ball in field goal range a couple of times. Well, field goal range for good weather, anyway.

With driving rain and sometimes heavy winds, the Buffs elected not to kick field goals that would have been in the 35-45-yard range. On a good weather day, however, MacIntyre said he's very confident in freshman kicker James Stefanou.

"If it's a nice day, the guy could kick it 55 (yards), easy," he said.

Stefanou is 10-for-12 on field goals this year, but hasn't made one since Sept. 30 at UCLA. In the last three games, he's only tried one, a 50-yarder that went wide against Arizona on Oct. 7.



MacIntyre was pleased with Wednesday's practice and said the Buffs played with "a lot of energy." ... Senior receiver Kabion Ento and running back Donovan Lee are both redshirting this year with the idea of getting more valuable playing time next year. MacIntyre said Wednesday that he expects both players to return. "They have to take care of school, but they've always done well in school," he said. ... As of Wednesday, the Buffs had sold about 45,700 tickets for Saturday's game. This will be the 10th consecutive home game with at least 43,000 tickets sold. The Buffs reached that number just twice in the 19 home games before that.

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