Mike MacIntyre and his assistant coaches have some roster decisions to hammer out after their first eight practices and two scrimmages of spring drills at Colorado.
The Buffaloes' new coaching staff spent the first half of spring ball evaluating every position and with players leaving for a week for spring break after Friday evening's scrimmage, MacIntyre and his staff plan to spend this weekend assembling a "pencil depth chart."
MacIntyre said he calls it a pencil depth chart because it can be changed at any time, even from play to play in practices in the second half of spring. MacIntyre did not say when he will release the depth chart, but when he does, it will be the first of his tenure.
"We need to have sequence to be able to get a little bit more repetitions," he said. "We've been getting a lot of reps as it is, but with the guys we feel like we want to evaluate them a little bit further, first and second-team so to speak at the other positions, we'll need to be able to have a depth chart to do that."
The most anticipated decisions will be at quarterback where six quarterbacks have received equal repetitions through the first half of spring. MacIntyre said when practices began earlier this month that he planned to trim the group to three or four during spring break and that remains the plan.
Senior quarterback Jordan Webb was the only one of the six quarterbacks who didn't participate in Friday's scrimmage. He re-injured his throwing hand this week and sat out. Webb underwent two surgeries on his throwing hand after last season to repair damage to ligaments. He still wasn't 100 percent recovered from the injury when spring practices began but he was close enough to participate.
Webb likely will be in the group that continues to battle for the starting spot when practices resume in 11 days because MacIntyre said he wants to be fair to him.
MacIntyre was asked when his decisions at quarterback would become public knowledge.
"I guess when you come out to practice and check out the reps," he said.
MacIntyre said the some of the highlights of the first half of spring have included players' attitudes improving each day, the transition made by D.D. Goodson from running back to slot receiver, the development of Stephane Nembot at offensive tackle, kickers and punters performing well and the secondary beginning to make more plays on the ball.
Several veteran defensive players were asked after Friday's scrimmage for their impressions of who might be separating themselves at quarterback.
Safety Terrel Smith said all of the quarterbacks have had their moments but junior Nick Hirschman might be the most consistent. Smith said he hears a lot of talk about Hirschman.
"Nick is looking good," Smith said, admitting he doesn't know what coaches are thinking. "From what I've been hearing, Nick is really excelling out there."
Parker Orms, who sat out the second scrimmage with knee swelling, said he often doesn't notice which quarterback is on the field because he's focused on learning the defense and executing his assignment. Orms made a point of saying he appreciates how the coaching staff has approached the first half of spring giving equal reps to all players at every position.
Linebacker Derrick Webb said he has seen each of the quarterbacks make plays and each make mistakes at times. He said he will be as interested as anyone to see the first depth chart.
"I'm glad I'm not a coach and I don't have to evaluate guys," Webb said. "I just got to go out and play. Those quarterbacks are going to make it hard on the coaches because there have been some guys making some plays. ...It's a pretty good competition going on right now."
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