Co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, who was given play-calling duties this week, said he's excited to work a little closer with quarterback Steven Montez this offseason.

"I think Steven's got a bright future," Chiaverini said. "He had his ups and downs, but the whole team did this year. He's a kid that really enjoys playing football. He competes in practice, he competes on game day and I'm excited to work with him even closer.

"We have a good relationship and I have a good relationship with (backups Sam Noyer and Tyler Lytle). That whole room is really good."

Chiaverini added that he's excited about the receivers. Although the Buffs lose talented seniors Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross — who all finished in the top eight in CU history for career catches — there's a lot of talent returning.

Kabion Ento, Jay MacIntyre and Juwann Winfree will be seniors to lead the group, while junior Tony Brown gets into the mix after transferring from Texas Tech. In addition, the Buffs have junior Johnny Huntley and sophomores KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault.

"I'm really, really excited about that group," Chiaverini said. "I think there's some guys that are really going to make some big strides this offseason. It's going to be a very competitive room."

Getting better

Offensive line coach Klayton Adams, promoted to co-offensive coordinator this week, said there has been and will continue to be self-reflection and staff reflection after a disappointing season, but knows the struggles didn't come from a lack of effort.


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"We all work really, really hard to try to make this thing as good as we can, and sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to," he said. "You have to try to find a reason for, 'What are we doing wrong or what could we be doing differently?'"

Fixing those issues makes this offeason a critical one for the Buffs, especially on offense.

"At the end of the day, I really think this offseason for our offense is going to be about the mentality," Adams said. "It's going to be about being more hungry, being more physical and the offseason is where you win games. Part of it is we probably just didn't have as good of an offseason as we could have last year."

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George said at this point there are no upgrades planned for Folsom Field for this next year. ... In speaking about football recruiting, George acknowledged that the Buffs need some help on the offensive and defensive lines. "I think we're all aware of that," he said, "and we have to really focus our recruiting on the key areas of needs we have within our football program. Mike and his team will lay out what those are and they're going to recruit toward those."

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