Lopez, Rakestraw set at new spots

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

BOUL­DER» Colorado foot­ball coach Mike Mac­In­tyre said tight end Eddy Lopez and cor­ner­back Der­rion Rakestraw have found per­ma­nent homes in their new po­si­tions.

Lopez, a fourth-year ju­nior, was shifted from de­fen­sive line af­ter spring drills. Rakestraw, a red­shirt fresh­man, was moved from the crowded re­ceiver corps.

Both are do­ing well through the first week of camp.

“The other day, our first day in pads, I thought that Eddy Lopez did a re­ally good job block­ing at the tight end spot,” Mac­In­tyre said. “He’s un­der­stand­ing what’s go­ing on.”

At 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Lopez is big­ger than the typ­i­cal tight end, but Mac­In­tyre said Lopez runs well and, hav­ing played basketball in high school, has good hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion.

It’s not likely the Buffs will use Lopez much as a re­ceiver, though. CU would like to see Lopez get to 275-280 pounds and be a blocker in the run game.

“We want him big be­cause we want him in the power sets and in-line sets,” he said.

Rakestraw is off to a good start at cor­ner.

“He’s long and ath­letic and he made some plays,” Mac­In­tyre said. “We just need to keep him com­ing along.”

Rakestraw played cor­ner­back in high school and had some schools re­cruit­ing him for de­fense.

Open scrim­mage.

Satur­day will be the one and only op­por­tu­nity dur­ing pre­sea­son camp for fans to watch the Buffs. A prac­tice/scrim­mage will be held at Fol­som Field, sched­uled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Buffs will do about 40 min­utes of stretch­ing and in­di­vid­ual drills be­fore scrim­mag­ing.

Mac­In­tyre said it will be a “vanilla” scrim­mage, and also said that young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers will play “a lit­tle more.”

The Buffs will have a meet-and-greet ses­sion be­tween play­ers and fans af­ter the scrim­mage.

Hamil­ton Foot­notes. out.

Out­side line­backer Shamar Hamil­ton, a ju­nior col­lege trans­fer who ar­rived in Jan­uary, has not been prac­tic­ing be­cause of a leg in­jury.

Mac­In­tyre said the Buffs are await­ing an MRI to find out the ex­tent of the in­jury.

“We’re get­ting the doc­tors to look at it and we’ll see if he’ll be able to go or not,” he said.

Mac­In­tyre said cor­ner­back Dante Wigley, a ju­nior col­lege trans­fer, has had a good camp so far. “He feels more com­fort­able out there than he did in the spring,” Mac­In­tyre said. “I’ve been pleased with Dante with his im­prove­ment from spring un­til now.” ... Af­ter Satur­day’s scrim­mage, the Buffs will take the day off Sun­day.

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