Still, I'm not naive enough to think it'll be an easy process. In the pros it's possible, though difficult, to go from worst to first. In college, it's really not possible. Programs have to be rebuilt slowly. Win or lose against the Utes on Saturday, the Buffaloes have made a big step in the right direction. I think a bowl game is certainly possible next year. Anyway, I thought it'd be a useful exercise to go through the projected depth chart on offense and see what we think about our odds for improving in 2014. 2014 Projected Offensive Depth ChartClass listed is for 2014 * Indicates the player has redshirted Quarterback 13- Sefo Liufau (So.) 5- Connor Wood (*Sr.) 7- Jordan Gehrke (*So.) Cade Apsay looks like a very good recruit for 2014, but there doesn't seem to be a reason not to redshirt him. With Liufau expected to hold the starting job, Gehrke coming off a redshirt year and Wood bringing back his experience as a backup, the QB position looks pretty strong. Sure, it's not great, Liufau needs to continue to improve but this isn't a weak spot on the roster. Is it possible that Wood transfers after losing the starting job? Maybe, but I hope he stays. Sure, he had a rough time this season against top competition, but I think he's a solid backup QB. Running Back 46- Christian Powell (Jr.) 19- Michael Adkins II (So.) 26- Tony Jones (*Sr.) Donta Abron has fallen off the map, but still... that's three pretty decent running options. Jomon Dotson looks like a strong recruit and could work his way into the lineup as an impact player. I've also heard good things about FB Jordan Murphy who should have the inside track on the starting job next season. I know pistol teams don't often incorporate a fullback, but a good one can be a nice weapon to have. This unit could use some more star power, but honestly, like QB I don't see them as a weakness. I think RB is a position of strength for the Buffs. Wide Receiver- X 22- Nelson Spruce (*Jr.) 87- Tyler McColloch (Sr.) Z ? ? H 3- DD Goodson (Sr.) 2- Devin Ross (So.) Folks, I love Paul Richardson, but he's gone. I can't think of a single reason he would come back to Boulder. If by some miracle he does, I'll be tickled pink, but it's probably a more useful exercise to plan on him turning pro. Hopefully a successful pro career will help sell the program to young recruits. Anyway, in HCMM's system it seems like the X position is for possession types, Z is for speed oriented guys who stretch the field. H seems to be a slot position. Obviously the situation here is not ideal. I like Nelson Spruce a lot, but if he's out #1 receiving threat next year, we'll be hard pressed to match this season's win total. It's really going to come down to someone stepping up in a big way and claiming that Z spot. Freshman receivers Bryce Bobo, Elijah Dunston and Jeff Thomas were all decent recruits last year who could be in the mix. So far this season we haven't been able to recruit a single WR, but Coach Mac II and his staff have been pounding the pavement and there's a couple JUCO names in the mix. That might be the best route since Bobo, Dunston and Thomas seem to lack elite speed and may be better suited to the X position. Goodson and Ross seem like good fits in the slot. They're small, quick and capable of racking up YAC. Tight End- 88- Kyle Slavin (*Jr.) 81- Sean Irwin (*So.) This position needs some work. HCMM seems to like to use the tight end position, as Ryan Otten was a big weapon for him at SJSU. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a lot of talent here. Freshman recruit Dylan Keeney is going to need to put on some weight to play in the Pac-12. I would be surprised if he doesn't redshirt. There are some interesting JUCO names for possible TE's next season. That's the direction I would go in. Having a good tight end can he a huge weapon for young quarterbacks. Without PRich around, Sefo is going to need a big target. A strong TE can keep drives moving and keep the defense off the field. This is a major weakness for Colorado. Offensive Line- Outside 77- Stephanie Nembot (*Jr.) 79- Johnathan Huckins (*Fr.) Inside 52- Daniel Munyer (*Sr.) 54- Kaiwi Crabb (*Sr.) 64- Brad Cotner (*Jr.) 74- Alex Kelley (*So.) I separated this list into outside and inside because I think there's going to be a lot of movement this offseason. Losing Jack Harris and Gus Handler is going to be really tough, but I think this can still be a decent line. Apparently there's a slim chance that Harris could be back since he lost two seasons due to injury, but I wouldn't bank on it. Baring the unexpected I would put Nembot at LT and Munyer at C. Huckins was the only Freshman recruit to make the depth chart at o-line but he hasn't played and his redshirt remains in tact. Crabb looks strong and should hold the LG spot down. That means we've got some interesting decisions to make on the right side. Huckins, Gunnar Graham or Sam Kronshage could come in and claim the RT spot, but there's some strong true freshman candidates on the way in 2014. HCMM has made offensive line a recruiting priority, which makes me feel like my trust in him is being validated. Strong offensive line play is critical to a team's success and I think this could be a good unit. Nembot is a team leader and would be well placed at LT. Munyer is another leader who would be a strong center to help make adjustments and Crabb has had a strong season. IMO this might be Colorado's strongest position. Those three guys are Pac-12 talent IMO. ----- Okay, so I went pretty shallow as far as the depth chart is concerned. But what do you think? Did I miss anyone? Overlook anything major? Do you have different thoughts about the team?