BOULDER, CO – August 3, 2019: Aaron Maddox during Colorado Football practice. (photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Colorado spotlight on …

Aaron Maddox

Position: Safety

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205

Year: Junior

Numbers: In his first season as a starter with the Buffs, Maddox is third on the team with 13 tackles. He also has a forced fumble. Against Nebraska last week, he had a career-high eight tackles.

Potential impact vs. Air Force: Everybody on defense has to play well for the Buffs, but the safeties figure to play a key role in limited the Falcons’ big plays in the run and pass. Maddox played the AFA Prep Academy during his junior college years and said he believes that helps his understanding of facing this defense.

Maddox said: “(The Air Force offense) is a lot different. It’s a lot more physicality, a lot more downhill hitting, downhill running .You have to make a lot of open field tackles and fill the alley. It’s really a game for the DBs to be able to show how physical they are. One thing for the safeties we have to really pay attention to is our eyes and our keys. Just play the techniques right, go with the coaching, be coachable, make sure you know exactly what you have. It’s a tricky offense and if you have guys in the wrong place, you can make a mistake.”