Competition on display in CU Buffs scrimmage – BuffZone

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Three weeks before the season opener, Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell still has plenty of position battles to settle.

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Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell was pleased with his team’s performance during a scrimmage on Saturday at Folsom Field.

The Buffaloes’ first-year coach has no complaints about the level of competitiveness, however.

On Saturday, the Buffs held their first full scrimmage of the preseason. The session was closed to media and fans, but CU ran 72 plays from scrimmage (103 counting special teams) over a 90-minute period at Folsom Field.

“I think the tape will tell us a lot more, but I did see some really good play,” Dorrell said. “Our first and second teams are really, really close in terms of there’s really not much of a drop off in those areas. I didn’t see anything that’s night and day difference in the other. The competition is fierce.

“You don’t want your second teamers to be that big of a drop off from your first teamer and that’s what is nice. We have some good solid depth in our program.”

Saturday marked Dorrell’s first practice at Folsom Field since he was hired in February, and he said it brought back memories from when he was a CU assistant in the 1990s.

“I love this stadium,” he said. “I’ve loved it for years, when I was here coaching. When I walked out there before practice, it was just such a fun feeling being in that stadium. The grass is in great shape. It was good to get our players in that environment, getting a feel of what it’s going to feel like when we play Nov. 7.”

The wait had not been as long for the players, but it felt long because of the coronavirus pandemic delaying the season. Spring practices, traditional fall camp and the early games of the season were all canceled, meaning Saturday was the first football activity on Folsom Field since the Buffs beat Washington, 20-14, on Nov. 23.