Connor Wood is taking a large majority of the repetitions with the first team offense at Colorado's fall camp and will be the Buffs' starting quarterback in the season opener against Colorado State barring something unforeseen in the next two weeks.
But who will be the backup?
CU coaches hope to take a large step toward answering that question Saturday when the Buffs scrimmage in Folsom Field. The scrimmage is expected to begin between 8:45 and 9 a.m.
One of the pleasant surprises of the first two weeks has been true freshmen quarterback Sefo Liufau, who is very much in the running for the backup job.
"He's as far along as any true freshman I've ever been around," Brian Lindgren said after Friday's afternoon practice. "He's a very mature kid. He has picked up the system. He has adjusted to the speed of the game better than a lot of guys. A lot of guys, they're getting pressure and the speed, they have trouble adjusting to the pressure. He's done a nice job. He's right there, definitely."
It has been rare for true freshmen to earn playing time at quarterback at CU. The last to do so was Tyler Hansen in the 2008 season. No true freshman has ever started the season opener at quarterback for the Buffs.
Liufau is competing with third-year sophomore Stevie Joe Dorman, who has improved significantly under this coaching staff in the new offense, and junior college transfer Jordan Gehrke.
Lindgren called the decision to play a true freshman at quarterback "a program decision" that would require a discussion with head coach Mike MacIntyre. Late last month at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles, MacIntyre said evaluating Liufau was one of the parts of fall camp he was most looking forward to.
He said at the time that if Liufau emerged as the clear No. 2, he would likely try to work him into games early in the season to get him some experience in case he was called on at some point. In each of his three seasons as a head coach, MacIntyre has needed to use three quarterbacks because of injuries.
"The idea is to win football games and if he gives you the best chance to win football games, then we've got to play him," Lindgren said. "Playing a true freshman, you never really want to have to get to that situation. Andrew Luck redshirted. You want those guys to slowly ease into it, mature and learn the system before they're thrown to the wolves. But it will be interesting to see what happens throughout the season."
Lindgren said the scrimmage will put some pressure on all the players to perform with fans in the stands. He said it adds another dimension to the evaluation process that coaches can't manufacture in practices.
"We're getting a ton of reps out here and we've been able to evaluate them for two weeks," he said. "So I have some ideas on some different things, but I think you get in that situation where you're in the stadium and you've got some people in the stands and it's more of a game-type situation and see how guys react."
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