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Brooks: 'D' Drawing Attention, But 'O' Not Ignored

BOULDER With a new defensive coordinator, a new secondary coach whose previous job was as a defensive coordinator, and defensive stats that lagged badly in most Pac-12 categories, the area in which Colorado hopes to see the most dramatic improvement throughout the 2015 football season is . . . .

You can fill in the blank. Shouldn’t be too taxing.

The other side of the ball was pretty good. The Buffaloes set or tied 107 individual and/or team records in 2014, the bulk of them on offense. CU scored 342 points last fall, the most since 2002, and averaged 439.2 yards in total offense, reaching the 400-plus plateau for the first time since 2001. Red zone productivity (88.9 percent) was at its best since 1997 (89.7) and last season’s 42 offensive touchdowns were 11 more than in 2013 and 15 more than in 2012.

But the haunting numbers the Buffs will haul into 2015 are 2-10 and 0-9 their overall and Pac-12 marks. If major improvement is expected on defense, the offense hasn’t been given license to slide during spring drills.

On the contrary this spring, coach Mike MacIntyre has targeted third-down proficiency (40.1 percent, ninth in the Pac-12), run scoring (13 of 42 TDs were rushing last fall), and sharpening/toughening the Buffs’ mindset on drives from the 25-yard line to the end zone...more

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2015 Schedule

S 3 at Hawai'i (11 p.m. MT)
S 12 MASSACHUSETTS
S 19 vs. CSU (in Denver)
S 26 NICHOLLS STATE
O 3 OREGON
O 10 at Arizona State
O 17 ARIZONA

O 24 at Oregon State
O 31 at UCLA
N 7 STANFORD
N 13 USC
N 21 at Washington State
N 28 at Utah

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