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CU football: Buffs keep it basic but like what they see

  • Colorado's Jaleel Awini, center, celebrates his touchdown reception with quarterback...

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    Colorado's Jaleel Awini, center, celebrates his touchdown reception with quarterback Jordan Gehrke, left, and offensive lineman San Kronshage during CU's spring game Saturday at Folsom Field.

  • Colorado running back Michael Adkins II, right, scores on this...

    Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Colorado running back Michael Adkins II, right, scores on this play during the Buffs' spring football game Saturday at Folsom Field. Go to for more photos.



As promised, the Colorado spring game was very vanilla.

The Buffaloes came away from it, however, feeling good about where they are as a team.

“The kids played hard and got after it,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We had good plays on both sides. As a head coach you want to see that. I was pleased with what I saw today.”

Because they have so many players injured, especially at linebacker, the Buffs did not break into two teams. Instead, they worked on drills for an hour before doing about an hour-long scrimmage of offense vs. defense.

Backup quarterback Jordan Gehrke had a good day, completing 10 of 12 passes for 126 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Shay Fields and Jaleel Awini both caught touchdown passes, while Devin Ross continued his stellar spring with eight catches for 57 yards, turning five catches into first downs.

On the ground, the Buffs piled up 250 yards on 41 carries, with Phillip Lindsay leading the way (seven carried, 83 yards). Michael Adkins and Dino Gordon both scored on touchdown runs.

Defensively, Isaiah Oliver had an interception, three pass breakups and five tackles. Lucas Cooper also had an interception, Frank Umu had a fumble recovery and Aaron Howard had two tackles for loss, one for a safety.

Miller injures knee

Redshirt freshman Isaac Miller, who sits atop the depth chart at left tackle, left Saturday’s scrimmage with a sprained MCL ligament in his right knee.

Miller is one of several young linemen the Buffs have been impressed with this spring. The Silver Creek High School graduate is expected to compete for a starting role at either tackle spot this season.

Gonzalez perfect

Kicker Diego Gonzalez, who had a roller-coaster season last fall, hit both of his field goals, from 22 and 41 yards. The last one came from the left hash, where he struggled last season.

“Diego had a great spring and … we put him in the kick that he missed a lot last year at the end of the year, kind of under a pressure situation from a good distance,” MacIntyre said. “I don’t think he could have hit it down the middle any better.

“Diego has a phenomenal leg. I believe we’ve corrected the fundamental mistake he was making on that (left) hash and he has confidence in that.”

Sitting out

CU had several players sit out of Saturday’s scrimmage because of injuries.

The wounded: receivers Bryce Bobo (hamstring), Joey Hall (knee) and Lee Walker (ankle); linebackers Rick Gamboa (concussion), Derek McCartney (illness) and Christian Shaver (concussion); defensive backs Jaisen Sanchez (knee) and Ahkello Witherspoon (foot); linemen Jonathan Huckins (ankle) and John Lisella (knee); and tailback Tanner Grzesiek (hamstring).

In addition to those players are several who have missed the whole spring with injuries: quarterback Sefo Liufau; linebackers Addison Gillam, Terran Hasselbach and Travis Talianko; tackle Jeromy Irwin; and defensive end Tyler Henington.


Sanchez will have surgery on his torn ACL on Thursday. … The Buffs have one more practice in spring, on Monday. In preparation for player-run practices over the summer, the Buffs will let players run Monday’s session. “We’ll watch them and correct them and show them how to do it, so over the summer they know how to practice on their own,” MacIntyre said. … Linebacker Kenneth Olugbode had a team-high eight tackles, while Jimmie Gilbert and Michael Mathewes both recorded sacks.

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