Like most football teams around the country, Colorado didn't go through training camp without some bumps and bruises. The Buffs lost a couple of players to severe injuries (kicker Justin Castor will miss the season with a hip injury and running back Josh Ford will miss a large chunk of the year with an ankle injury), but beyond that, CU goes into Sunday's opener relatively healthy.
"I feel good about the health of our team," Mike MacIntyre said. "We didn't have any (injured) knees or really bad hamstrings that are lingering or anything like that, so I feel good about the health of our team at this point."
MacIntyre is also encouraged by the overall condition of his team, including the defensive line. It was well documented that the defensive line unit was charged with losing weight and getting in shape.
The defensive linemen will weigh in on Friday, but MacIntyre expects good results. He pointed out one of the linemen who "went from 336 to, he was 299 the other day."
"We'll see if he eats a pizza tonight, but that's phenomenal, the effort they've shown," MacIntyre said. "I don't see them huffing and puffing and basically trying to survive practice; I see them getting better in practice. That'll make a big difference (on game day)."
MacIntyre didn't reveal which player had dropped from 336 to 299, but it could be sophomore Josh Tupou, who was at around 330 pounds at the start of the summer.