Colorado camp Q&A: Coach J.D. Brookhart
CU Buffs assistant coach J.D. Brookhart talks to players on the second day of spring ball March 12, 2011 (Patrick Ghidossi,
Buffalo Sports News
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Colorado tight ends coach J.D. Brookhart answers questions about veteran Nick Kasa and his heralded crop of freshmen.

Scout: Nick Kasa is an older guy; inexperienced, but he's been there almost a year now. What are you seeing out of him?

Brookhart: I think we got a lot of work done this spring, but it's apparent he did a lot this summer. I told him to go make 4 years of mistakes. Now that's impossible to do in two months, but I see a guy with a way different comfort level. Is he there yet? Not by any means. He's got a long way to go in a lot of areas, but he's getting there. He's going to get that game experience. It'll take some time, but Nick's got a chance to be a good player.

Scout: You are obviously very inexperienced at the position, but with Nick, do you see him as a guy that can contribute and be a big part of the offense?

Brookhart: Absolutely, I do.

Scout: A lot of fans are excited about the freshmen, especially Austin Ray and Vincent Hobbs. What are you seeing out of them?

Brookhart: They're freshmen. We're in day 2 of practice and they're swimming. They're all different. Austin is a very, very smart guy that's going to be a big kid. He's got good hands, gets the game, played the game. He's gotten a lot of coaching obviously. Sean Irwin, he's a football player. We'd love to redshirt him and get him bigger and all that stuff because he's a football player. And then, Vincent is an ex-basketball guy who his still learning football. It's all new to him. Athletically he's a pretty good player.

I'm excited about all three of them. It's just, at what point can you use them? We'll find out.

Scout: Sounds like Hobbs is a little bit above those other guys, but how do you tell that this early?

Brookhart: He's pretty athletic. Vincent is pretty athletic and because of basketball, he catches the ball well. It's so early to say; you're going to see things go up and back the whole time. At this point, I'm excited and let's see where we're at in 2 1/2 weeks.

Scout: But, they are guys that you like?

Brookhart: Oh, they're going to play football at CU.

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