New to the site but enjoy reading the board and staying up on the team. I tend to watch the defense more than the offense so thought a defensive practice summary might be nice for those of you stuck in the office or living away from Boulder. Observations from this mornings practice: 1) The D Line is very good. From top to bottom this is one of the top 3 - 4 DL groups in the PAC 12. Big, strong and the competition for playing time will sharpen this group even further. Obi is for real, Pericak is a beast, someone lit a fire under Kasa, Cunningham and Bonsu are loads to move and the freshman are monsters! Hartigan, will do what he does very well - rush the passer. 2) Jon Major will be All-Conference. He is all over the field. Sunday he had a few sacks, yesterday he had a few sacks and today he had the three biggest hits of practice - first he seperated speedy from the ball on the last play of 9-7 for a defensive victory (the O had to do up-downs), next he rung E. Harringtons bell on a pass play and last he hammered speedy on a sweep. Major closes very fast. As far as the LB group, Cabral has been mixing up the 1-3 units a lot to get experienced guys working with the new guys. He is so good at bringing his group along. Rippy continues to gain confidence and is playing downhill, Mahke is very good in coverage, Webb can be explosive, Nobriga is a load and Daigh is going to be a very good one for us down the road. Top to bottom, this is solid group. 3) Thank god, Perkins is back. He is such a great leader and the glue for the secondary. Polk and Perkins are as good a tandem at safety as you will find anywhere. Perkins is the field general and will hit you in the mouth, Polk is lights out fast with solid ball skills, T. Smith keeps making plays and a case to be on the field (playing some nickel too), Sandersfield is also seeing time at corner but is Mr. Consistent at safety and nickel, last, the hype on Harlos is warranted - he will be a great one. Just like the DL and LB group, we are very solid at Safety. 4) We are going to be fine at corner. I am starting to see guys emerge. Sandersfield, Vigo and Deji are making plays. Also, when you are very good in your front 7 and at safety, you can protect your corners with your scheme. Pressure the QB and have over the top help and you are fine. Many NFL teams thrive in a cover 2 system, we can too. Brown is the right guy for this group. All in all, our defense is light years ahead of the defense at this time last year. Not even close. We are big, fast, strong and have ball hawks, big hitters and playmakers all over the place. I am pumped. Will report more from the scrimmage this weekend. Cheers.