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    Colorado running back Alex Fontenot takes a handoff from quarterback Steven Montez during practice on Friday. Go to for more photos

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    Colorado running back Joe Davis led the team with 29 rushing yards on eight carries at Friday''s scrimmage.



A week ago, Mel Tucker was pleased with how the Colorado football team looked in its first scrimmage of spring.

On Friday, he was even more pleased with the second scrimmage.

“We had good competition today,” Tucker said. “More physical, more intensity. Really good back and forth with the offense and the defense; good execution on special teams. I thought we put some money in the bank today.

“The tackling was better; I thought there’s no doubt about the competition from play-in and play-out was much more consistent. The execution was better on both sides of the ball.”

Practicing at Folsom Field for the first time this spring, the Buffs took the step forward that Tucker was hoping to see.

Senior quarterback Steven Montez was sharp, completing 15-of-19 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for two more scores. He led the offense to 35 points and 242 yards in his 38 plays.

The Buffs went through the scrimmage without some big guys, though, as they are banged up in the trenches.

“Our offensive and defensive lines were pushed today,” Tucker said. “We’re down some guys because of injuries; some guys are banged up. I give a lot of credit to those guys for really pushing through so we can continue to scrimmage and play. They sucked it up and gave a really good effort. I feel good about that.”

Other statistical highlights from the scrimmage included:

• Five different players (Alex Fontenot, Jaren Mangham, Daniel Arias, Deion Smith and Montez) scored on rushing touchdowns.

• Freshman Joe Davis led the team with 29 rushing yards on eight carries.

• Senior Tony Brown caught four passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.

• Linebacker Akil Jones led the team with seven tackles and a sack.

• Freshman linebacker Alec Pell had two sacks.

• Nose tackle Jalen Sami had six tackles.

• Junior linebacker Nate Landman added four tackles and a sack.

• James Stefanou hit a 50-yard field goal and went 3-for-3 on extra points.

• Alex Kinney averaged 49 yards on six punts, with a long of 55 yards.

“The players were exited to get on the field today, I could tell that,” Tucker said of practicing at Folsom Field. “They took the field with enthusiasm and focus, with a sense of urgency. I felt really good. I felt energized and inspired to step on our game field today.”

The Buffs responded to last week’s good scrimmage with a Monday practice that was below Tucker’s standards. With one week of spring left, he’s hoping to avoid that let down.

“I’m really interested to see and I’m really looking forward to seeing how we come out next week,” he said. “I can’t wait to see how we come out and how we practice on Monday. That’s what it’s all about. We have to continue to get better. We can’t relax, we can’t take a step back; we have to continue to push.”

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