Monday, May 9, 2011

Colorado Buffaloes Spring Game Report Card

Spring Game Type: 105-Play Scrimmage

Final Score: N/A

Colorado’s new head coach Jon Embree emerges from spring drills with a little more buzz surrounding the Buffaloes then when he entered it.  The road ahead is still quite treacherous, but it seems like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Senior quarterback Tyler Hansen’s performance in Colorado’s spring game was good enough to land him the starting job a few days later.  Although Hansen didn’t have the best stats on the day (8-15, 120 yards, 1TD), his poise and decision making in the pocket was noticeably improved from last year’s shortened season.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Hirschman also showed signs of promise for Colorado’s future, connecting on 11 of 19 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Josh Ford provided Colorado with a sprinkle of potential in their backfield as well, collecting 164 yards on 17 carries, breaking off a 56-yard scamper for a touchdown.   

Grade: B+

Colorado’s defense started off solid in their spring game, impressing their coach with text-book tackling.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Zac Blaha bullied his way towards the ball on practically every play, leading the team with nine tackles and forcing the quarterback to hold onto the ball twice.

Senior defensive end David Goldberg did his best to gain a starting role in his final season, collecting three sacks in the absence of projected starter Chidera Uzo-Dirlbe.

The Buffaloes defense definitely had several bright spots this spring and it will be exciting to see how this spring’s success translates in the fall.

Grade:  B+