At this point in the season, Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay doesn’t mind the Buffaloes’ offense being stopped from time to time.
“It’s good to see the defense make plays when they do,” Lindsay said Saturday after the Buffs held their second scrimmage of preseason camp at Folsom Field. “You don’t want to beat up on your defense and you don’t want your defense beating up on you.”
While the scrimmage was closed to the public and media, head coach Mike MacIntyre was pleased that one side of the ball didn’t dominate the other.
“I saw plays on both sides, which is good,” he said.
MacIntyre said the scrimmage was designed to somewhat mimic game-type situations. He even had the players start practice inside and then walk down the tunnel — with music blaring — towards Folsom Field.
“To make them feel like it was a game situation and make them a little more nervous,” he said.
A Pac-12 crew of officials was also on hand to give the Buffs an opportunity to practice with penalties being called.
“We didn’t have a ton of flags, but a couple of them were great teaching moments where we could stop, teach w hat happened, and had the referees come in and talk to them about what happened,” MacIntyre said.
The Buffs practiced several game-type situations, including overtime and the 4-minute drill.
“We got a lot done,” he said. “It was a good scrimmage and we got through it really unscathed, so that’s good.”
Senior receiver Bryce Bobo provided one of the highlights, with an overtime touchdown catch.
MacIntyre also said running backs Michael Adkins and Alex Fontenot had good runs, while on defense Dante Sparaco had a sack, cornerback Trey Udoffia played well and Evan Worthington “made a phenomenal play on a fourth-down play and showed his unbelievable speed.”
On special teams, MacIntyre said the kickers did well again and the coverage units were good.
Throughout preseason camp, MacIntyre has praised his kickers, often expressing how good they’ve looked at practice.
While true freshman James Stefanou may be the favorite to win the job, senior Chris Graham and walk-on sophomore Davis Price are still in the mix.
“It is an on-going competition,” MacIntyre said. “We kicked a lot today and I tried to put pressure on them and tried to do some different things. That went well.”
The Buffs also worked on kickoffs, which was new for Stefanou, who came to CU from Australia.
“That would be James’ first time ever kicking off in a stadium, and he did a good job,” MacIntyre said. “The referees explained all the mechanics to him.”
The Buffs will take the day off on Sunday and then return to practice Monday. They will hold another scrimmage on Friday. All practices and scrimmages are now closed to the public and media. … The Buffs completed their last session of summer classes. They will resume class on Aug. 28.