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Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said the Buffs will work on different situations on the field during Saturday’s spring showcase.

Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre isn’t one that likes to show too much from his team before he has to, so it came as no surprise Wednesday when he said that Saturday’s annual spring showcase will be rather low key.

The Buffaloes will host the spring showcase at Folsom Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday. It will go until about 3 p.m. The first hour is slated to be position drills, followed by about a 50-minute scrimmage. The event is open to fans, and will also be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

“We’ll be pretty vanilla out there,” MacIntyre said. “We just want to see us function well and be able to handle all the different situations and put them under different types of pressure.”

MacIntyre said that aside from staying healthy, the goal for the Buffs that day is to work on different situations on the field.

At times in past years, the Buffs have been in tough situations with their depth at different positions going into the spring game, but MacIntyre said there aren’t major concerns on that front this year.

Thinking of Hill

Colorado State’s Collin Hill, the projected starter at quarterback for the Rams, re-tore the ACL in his left knee last week while playing basketball. Hill will miss the Rams’ spring practices and could miss the start of the 2018 season, including the Aug. 31 matchup with CU.

“First of all, my heart goes out to the (Hill) kid,” MacIntyre said. “That’s his second knee injury. He’s a really good player. I feel for him personally.”

Hill’s injury prompted a question to MacIntyre about how he tries to handle CU players with their off-the-field activities. In the past, several Buffs have been known for their ability on the basketball court, but MacIntyre said that’s not allowed anymore.

“I have a rule that our guys can’t play basketball,” MacIntyre said. “I used to allow guys to do that, but then (we) had an injury like that and I said it’s too valuable a situation.”

He told a story of seeing current backup quarterback Sam Noyer shooting baskets one day.

“He wasn’t really playing, but he was shooting around and I lit into him and made him get off the court,” MacIntyre said.

More praise for Johnson

Throughout the spring, players and coaches have said junior college transfer Mustafa Johnson has impressed them.

On Wednesday, new defensive line coach Kwahn Drake added his praise for the 6-foot-2, 285-pound sophomore.

“He’s going to play every position on the line,” Drake said. “He’s explosive, a playmaker and runs to the ball. Even when he’s wrong, he’s right. One of our rules in our room is if you mess up, mess up full speed.”

Johnson has rotating in with the first-team defense this spring.


Wednesday was CU’s 10th of 15 spring practices. The Buffs spent most of the practice in Folsom Field and MacIntyre said they worked on situational scrimmaging. … MacIntyre added that the team has had a “great attitude” every day in spring. … Parking and admission is free for Saturday’s spring showcase.

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