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For the past couple of weeks, things have been fairly quiet around the Colorado weight room.
While some players have been in to work out on their own, first-year strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson has mainly been preparing for the team’s arrival next week for summer workouts.
Wilson is hoping this is the last break he and the Buffs get for a while.
“Pretty much the next time we hope to give them off is after a bowl game in January,” Wilson said.
Hired in January, Wilson and the strength and conditioning staff have already made a mark on the program.
“I’ve been very pleased with Drew, and the kids respond to him and have bonded with him really well,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We’ve made good gains. I’m very, very pleased with what Drew is doing.”
Wilson’s job takes on even more importance over the next two months. Coaches are limited to spending two hours per week — off the field — with the players, while Wilson can work with players for up to eight hours per week.
“It is critical what Drew Wilson and our strength staff does with them at those times,” MacIntyre said. “It’s big time.”
After working with the Buffs for a full semester, Wilson said he’s been impressed with their work ethic, and he is pleased with the foundation that has been laid.
“I think the staff is happy with the strides we’ve made, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels because you get complacent,” he said.
As he goes forward, Wilson said the Buffs will certainly work to get stronger, but he will have two major areas of emphasis — agility and conditioning.
“I think the biggest thing we’re going to emphasize and we did it during the winter before spring ball, but more now is getting guys to change positions better,” Wilson said, referring to how players use body angles, body positions and leverage when playing.
Conditioning will be critical, as well.
“I pride myself on saying we were the best conditioned team that year and we don’t want to get beat because we were out of shape,” Wilson said. “To do what we want to do, conditioning is key for us this summer.”
MacIntyre and Wilson singled out several players that have made significant strides since January. Both praised tackles Jeromy Irwin, Isaac Miller and Aaron Haigler, linebacker Addison Gillam and quarterback Sefo Liufau. Wilson also added that receiver Kabion Ento has been a tireless worker.
The Buffs report to fall camp on Aug. 3 and Wilson hopes all of them are ready to roll at that time.
“We’re being trusted and we’re preparing guys for the season and getting ready to go,” Wilson said of his staff. “The pressure is on us, too, to make sure we get to the job done. I love that challenge and I like to meet and exceed expectations. We essentially are the last preparation before we hand them over to coaches for football.”
Defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu, linebacker NJ Falo and running back Dino Gordon all remain indefinitely suspended, MacIntyre said. All three were arrested this spring for off-the-field issues. … MacIntyre said the Buffs are not planning to add another quarterback to the roster for this season. CU had hoped to have Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb on board before he decided last week to play at Cal instead.
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