Buffs kick off pre­sea­son camp

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

Colorado’s foot­ball sea­son has of­fi­cially started.

The de­fend­ing Pac-12 South cham­pion Buffaloes held their first prac­tice of pre­sea­son camp Satur­day, with nearly a full squad par­tic­i­pat­ing in the roughly 2½hour ses­sion.

“I thought for the first day, we flew around re­ally well,” coach Mike Mac­in­tyre said. “I was pleased with every­thing. Of course, I’ll watch film and get a lit­tle mad, but watch­ing the prac­tice on the naked eye, I thought it went real well.”

With 105 play­ers at prac­tice, the Buffs worked out in hel­mets and shorts. They’ll be in pads for the first time Thurs­day.

Head­ing into Year 5 with Mac­in­tyre, the Buffs came into camp as pre­pared as ever.

“Five years ago, it was out here brand-new run­ning at it,” Mac­in­tyre said. “We had a long way to go, so we wanted to work to get more depth on our team and get big­ger and more phys­i­cal in our lines, which we’ve done; get big­ger and more ath­letic at our skill po­si­tions, which we’ve done.”

Line­men on both sides of the ball are in bet­ter shape than in the past, and Mac­in­tyre said he has been very pleased with what the play­ers did in the off­sea­son with the strength and con­di­tion­ing staff.

Run­ning back Phillip Lind­say, for ex­am­ple, is squat­ting 50 to 60 more pounds than be­fore, Mac­in­tyre said.

“That’s just an ex­am­ple and it hap­pened through­out the whole team,” Mac­in­tyre said. “I’m re­ally pleased with the strength I see out there. We’re stur­dier. We’re not as wob­bly out there. We stay on blocks bet­ter.”

While Satur­day was just the first day, it was a day that gave Mac­in­tyre con­fi­dence go­ing for­ward.

“We keep mak­ing strides in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

In­jury up­date. Four play­ers were not on the field Satur­day be­cause of in­juries, in­clud­ing a pair of true fresh­men — Jake Moretti and Chase New­man — who will be out for a while. Mac­in­tyre said both will be un­able to prac­tice dur­ing pre­sea­son camp.

Moretti, an of­fen­sive line­man from Pomona High School who was ar­guably the top player in CU’S 2017 re­cruit­ing class, is listed as hav­ing an an­kle in­jury. He missed his en­tire se­nior year in high school be­cause of a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his knee.

New­man, a line­backer from La Mi­rada, Calif., is still not 100 per­cent af­ter hav­ing surgery on the pos­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his knee af­ter his se­nior year.

“Jake and Chase will not be back dur­ing this camp, but they’ll be go­ing when we start school,” Mac­in­tyre said. “They’ll most likely have to red­shirt, for sure, but they’re mak­ing great progress.”

Ju­nior tight end Dy­lan Keeney (back) was also out, but Mac­in­tyre said he ex­pects Keeney to re­turn dur­ing camp. Run­ning back Kyle Evans is still re­cov­er­ing from a dis­lo­cated hip suf­fered in spring drills, and there’s hope he will re­turn in Au­gust.

The Buffs were also with­out cor­ner­back An­thony Jul­misse, who was sus­pended Fri­day af­ter be­ing ar­rested ear­lier this week af­ter an off-the-field in­ci­dent.

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