Camp kicks off

Camp kicks off

Colorado coach Jon Embree said each of the three players competing to be the Buffs' starting quarterback this fall had their moments in the first practice of fall camp. The second-year coach also ruled out true freshman Shane Dillon from competing for the job because Dillon is not fully recovered from shoulder surgery.

Sophomore Nick Hirschman returned to practice for the first time since late last season after recovering from two separate foot injuries and three surgeries.

Hirschman said he is fully recovered and ready to stake his claim to the starting job. He is competing with fellow sophomore Connor Wood and junior Jordan Webb, a transfer from Kansas.

Hirschman played in five games last season as a backup and started one game. He said that experience is invaluable as he enters the competition.

"I played a decent amount of snaps for being the backup, which was so beneficial for me," Hirschman said. "When you're out here at practice, things move a lot slower, you're able to find people a lot easier. You get out there against an Oregon or an Arizona State and it's not as easy to see things. The game moves a lot quicker and you've got to catch up."

Webb said he is adjusting well to the CU offense but is still learning some of the playbook and terminology. He said he feels comfortable in his new surroundings and is excited for the competition.

Hirschman reported that coaches gave all three quarterbacks the same number of reps in the first session. That will only change when one player falls off or when one player begins to emerge and take control of the job.

Hashmarks

Coach Jon Embree raved about freshman Marques Mosley and the tutoring he has received from senior Ray Polk. Sounds like Embree is expecting Mosley to make an early impact. Sure would be nice to be able to interview Mosley

Embree said wide receiver Jeffrey Thomas was "dinged" in the first practice. Doesn't sound serious.

Wide receiver Paul Richardson and linebacker Douglas Rippy were both at practice and did some light running. Rippy said he recently underwent another surgery on his knee to remove some debris but he is feeling good and expects to be ready for the opener.

Defensive tackle Nate Bonsu is back at practice and has lost some weight. He is down to 285 and feeling as good as he has in two years. It will be interesting to see if he can make an impact this season or if he gets passed up by some of those freshmen in a suddenly large defensive line group.

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