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2014 COLORADO BUFFALOES FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 10, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Colorado Buffaloes (2005 - Pres)

2013 Record: (4-8, 1-8)
2013 Bowl: None
Coach: Mike MacIntyre (4-8 at Colorado, 20-29 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Brian Lindgren
Defensive Coordinator: Kent Baer

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Christian Powell, RB, 562 yards
Passing: Sefo Liufau, QB, 1,779 yards
Receiving: Nelson Spruce, WR, 650 yards
Tackles: Addison Gilliam, LB, 119
Sacks: Samson Kafovalu, DE, 3.0; Addison Gillam, LB, 3
Interceptions: Greg Henderson, CB, 4

Other Key Returnees: RB Michael Adkins, CB Jered Bell, LB Woodson Greer, DT Josh Tupou

Key Losses: WR Paul Richardson, S Parker Orms, DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe, LB Derrick Webb

Colorado Buffaloes (2006 - Pres)

Colorado hasn’t seen a whole lot of success since moving to the PAC 12 but things are starting to look up.  The Buffaloes actually won four games in 2013 and if they catch a few breaks this season, they may actually start thinking about going bowling. The concern will be how well they play in the conference with road games at USC, Arizona and Oregon.

It has been years since anyone could call Colorado’s offense potent.  The last time they averaged more than 26 points per game was 2007, the last time they went to a bowl game. Sefo Liufau will be the QB. He split time last year with Connor Wood. Liufau will have to raise his level of play if the Buffaloes are to get better.  He threw 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions and completed 59.4% of his passes. Liufau will have to find a new favorite target now that wide receiver Paul Richardson left early for the NFL. WR Nelson Spruce caught 55 passes for 650 yards and incoming freshmen Shay Fields and Bryce Bobo will give Colorado three excellent targets. The running game will count on Christian Powell and Michael Adkins. Powell is the inside runner and Adkins can break big plays and could quickly turn into the Buffaloes featured back. The offensive line will return three starters but must improve their run blocking, especially in the red zone.

The Colorado defense has many issues to sort out after giving up 468 yards of total offense per game and 38.3 points per game in 2013. Opposing teams also rushed for 208.5 yards per contest.  The good news is eight starters are back including LB Addison Gillam.   Gillam had 119 tackles and will continue to lead the defense.  The defensive front will have to move on without sack leader Chidera Uzo-Diribe. DT Josh Tupou, DE Samson Kafovalu and DT Juda Parker return to anchor the defense.  The secondary returns Greg Henderson, Jered Bell and Greg Henderson are solid playmakers.

The Buffaloes still lack the talent to compete in the PAC 12 but they should be more competitive in 2014. Coach MacIntyre has this team heading in the right direction but will need to improve on defense and the offense needs to be more consistent. 

 Colorado Buffaloes (2006 - Pres)


2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 120.8 (108th in nation, 10th in conference)
Passing Offense: 249.1 (47, 8)
Total Offense: 369.9 (87, 12)
Scoring Offense: 25.4 (86, 11)
Rushing Defense: 208.5 (101, 12)
Pass Defense: 259.5 (102, 9)
Total Defense: 468.0 (106, 11)
Scoring Defense: 38.3 (112, 11)
Turnover Margin: -0.3 (79, 9)
Sacks: 1.50 (99, 11)
Sacks Allowed: 1.67 (41, 4)


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