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1st scrimmage of the spring

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  1. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    A few things I noticed that hopefully are within the bounds of what we can say:

    Kicking:
    at the end of each series they would line up for a 32 yard field goal or thereabouts.
    Goodman missed his.
    Kirkwood missed his.
    Grossnickle made his. He then made the next 4 or 5. Cool as a cucumber. Looked like a kicker.
    Goodman made one near the end.

    Punting:
    Grossnickle is the only one punting. Ridiculous hang time on punts that spiraled. Some didn't. One bad punt, a few ok, and a few very nice.

    Offense:
    No running game today. Didn't really try to run it. Seems like they are working on a lot of new stuff getting receivers the ball in space. Disappointed in the "push" from O-Line. I think the D-Line dominated the O-Line today. You'd expect that to be the case early in the spring and even in the fall. One mistake, and the play is blown up. There was plenty of that as expected.

    Both QB's were up and down. Hansen looks like the starter to me. Hirschman came in 3rd and looked pretty impressive. That guy looks like a 3 year starter....

    Evans absolutely looks phenomenal at Tight End. Catches everything. Runs like a WR. Kind of weighs like a WR.... Thornton is a beast. Why did we bring in 4 TE's again?

    Orms. Dude looks like he snuck on the field and stole a uniform. But he's everywhere. Coaches would say he has a NOSE for the ball.

    Olatoye. Stud Corner. Jalil is hoping to hold him off for his senior year.

    Major, Kasa - both look like the real deal. Kasa looks huge. Major picked off Hansen (forced pass) and took it back 50 yards.

    Will Jeff made some nice plays, but dropped a wide open pass. He looks quicker than last fall.

    Running backs didn't do much. Speedy had a couple nice punt returns. Q and Nabors just didn't have any daylight from what I could tell.

    Mahnke made some nice plays and he was floating between LB and coverage on the nickel/dime packages. Saw Moten make a play - he's got some athleticism and instincts....

    Highlights were that we have some young players who can play this game. Besides the ones mentioned above, Webb, Rippy, Nobriga and Vigo all looked good. Combine these with West, Pericek, Kasa, Polk, Bonsu.... Not bad. We've got some good young athletes, a guy who looks like the QB of the future, and a kicker. Good day.
     
  2. Mick Ronson

    Mick Ronson Well-Known Member

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    was able to stop in for about 10 minutes. i was mildly encouraged.....no real scientific comments. agree that the emphasis was on the pass, at least from what i saw. Hanson looked pretty good....missed a few open guys downfield a few times but moved the chains.
     
  3. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    vigo did not have a good day. pretty horrible day actually. nothing against the kid, but i hope we won't have to see him much this year because he has a lot to learn. olatoye will be a good one, but i don't think he will take over for jalil this year. agree with pretty much everything else.
     
  4. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    My buddy was not nearly as encouraged as you two.

    Also, there is a reason the pass is being emphasized-we are going to pass the ball quite often this season. I will maintain that stance until I see evidence to the contrary.
     
  5. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I don't think you can tell much from these scrimmages that projects to how the team will play next season. I'm more focused on which guys are looking good and moving up the depth chart (and vice versa).

    My big area of concern remains the OL. We've got 2 guys I trust (Solder and Miller). I did hear that Richter looked good with the 2s today and may join the 1s soon.
     
  6. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    Where was Vigo playing? and any idea who was playing Center?

    btw Thanks for all the updates, everyone, even the smallest tidbit helps those of us non-Boulder fans!
     
  7. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    I'm confident it's going to lean slightly toward the passing end of the spectrum. Hansen's scrambling ability + WR and possibly TE depth points to this some, but especially because Speedy, while talented, will not hold up as an every down, 20+ carries a game back. Nor do we have any tested short-yardage bruisers behind him.
     
  8. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Vigo's at corner. Heard he got picked on a bit today.
     
  9. buffedup

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    Which just points out what an epic failure this coaching staff is. Just last year we were being told about the power running game that was going to be the identity of the offense. Squawk was always winking and chuckling in interviews about how good the running game was going to be. That turned out well. Now it is back to passing again. Wake me when this nightmare is over.
     
  10. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    OL is my main concern, but I have to say I am still concerned with the QB position. The interior line HAS to get better, center may end up being the weak link. I think Hansen is an upgrade over Cody, but I am not sure he is much more than that. Hope I am wrong.
     
  11. KingPants

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    Its funny to read the various reports. Rivals, which has turned into a hate filled cesspool in my opinion, has a bunch of negative reports on this practice. This sucked, that sucked, everything sucked cause the head coach sucked...
    This one is way more positive. The optimist in me wants to bury my head in the sand and take this report as gospel.

    Rep.
     
  12. sackman

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    I heard that they were working on a lot of little things and getting their horns out. In today's comptetive college football world, you simply must get your horns out.
     
  13. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Amazing how you hear different things from different people. I heard that they brought their lunchpails yesterday, pounded away at that concrete, and may have seen the first crack. Who knows what to believe these days?
     
  14. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't really tell much from intrasquad scrimmages....
     
  15. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    its impossible to get a good read from these scrimmages. if one side of the ball is doing things right, the other isn't. you can choose which one to report on.
     
  16. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    **** scrimmages
     
  17. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    ha. i must say though, it was nice to sit comfortably in folsom, with the sun shining and being able to hear pretty much every word said on the field.
     
  18. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

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    Wasnt there so I have no opinion of how it went. Its hard to get a read in scrimmages. However, I echo most of the same concerns, starting with the oline. Also, I dont know about yall but Im not too excited to see us throwing 40 or 50 times a game. I know we have more depth at receiver but I thought our team was soft as hell last year. We throw that much on purpose, as opposed to being down 30 points in the first half and have to, how much is gonna really change? I dont think Hansen is that type of qb honestly imho. Im really not gonna put too much stock into anything said from this staff about practice and how great they look. We shall see in the first couple of games, that should tell the story of the season. Nice reporting from those that went.
     
  19. Mick Ronson

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    that's kind of where i was at. i had some free time so it was a bonus in the day. the last few years have cured me of obsessing about "the little things". you might say it's not my first rodeo.

    also, as far as the new spread non-spread look....it's not like we've ever proven under this staff we can line up and run the ball with any consistency.
     
  20. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    Bob - my choice of words for Vigo was poor. He made lots of mistakes and definitely did NOT play good. What I should have said is showed some flashes of athletic ability and really good burst closing in on the ball. He's an aggressive kid, but has no clue how to play CB. He is far from being useful on the field. But he's got 4 seasons to play still...

    And no, I doubt seriously that Deji is going to displace Jalil anytime soon, but he's an eye opener. Jalil is steady. Deji though shows some tools out there and looks like he just needs experience to join the club of very good CBs that we have now.
     
  21. sweaty teets

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    its all good! deji had a really nice tackle on the far side of the field. he shed a block and put a pretty good knock on the wr, i was impressed. let's just hope neither jimmy or jalil or get injured because we will be in for a world of hurt.
     
  22. ScottyBuff

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    Longmont Times-Call

     
  23. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    For all the talk about Orms being undersized, he's got about 4 inches and 20 lbs on Chap... and he's faster. If he's ready, this goes a long way toward filling what I thought was the biggest hole on our defense from the 2009 senior graduates.
     
  24. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    also wanted to share that the kickoff coverage team had smith, jalil, rippy, major, polk, and a few other starters out there. i love seeing athletes on special teams but man, thats putting a lot of our keys guys and half of our starting d out there.
     
  25. ScottyBuff

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    And means that we will have Jalil Brown and Parker Orms on the field in nickel situations, giving us good options for corner blitzes.
     
  26. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Not sure how you can put two starting corners out there with the depth issues we have there. Hell, Polk's shoulder injuries should probably limit his time on the field aside from defense. I know our special teams have been horrible and something needs to change, but putting so many starters from the secondary out there is a bit scary.
     
  27. BuffLuKe

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    Very true but what have we ever done consistently with this staff, much less proven, other than losing seasons? I dont think we have really passed the ball with much consistency either. I dont think stats are the end all be all but, in this case, our O hasnt done much of anything in a few years now. If they can make it work, Im all for it. I long for the day I actually see an identity we can work with. Btw, think Orms is gonna be very good here, if he stays healthy, he's a baller.
     
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