Brooks: Depth Chart Has Freshman Feel To It
BOULDER -On National Letter of Intent Day in February, Colorado football coach Jon Embree predicted that possibly 75 percent of his recruiting class could play prominent roles in the 2012 season. That percentage was tantalizingly close.
CU's post-camp/game week depth chart, released by coaches on Friday, reinforces Embree as a pretty fair prophet as well as a man of his word to his returning players and incoming recruits.
The Buffs' depth chart features 65 percent (15 of 23) of the true freshmen recruits in camp. Some of the freshmen listed on offense and defense also have earned special teams duties. The breakdown of 2012 signees making the depth chart: six on offense, nine on defense, six on special teams (all returners).
Of that total, three newcomers have either nailed down a starting job or are listed as co-starters on offense or defense:
- Josh Tupou, a head-turner from Day One at nosetackle, goes into game week sharing that position with junior Nate Bonsu.
- Kenneth Crawley, one of three signees from H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., will open at left cornerback against Colorado State (Sept. 1, 2 p.m., Sports Authority Field at Mile High). He'll also be a primary return specialist.
- Christian Powell, one of a trio of signees from Upland (Calif.) High School, emerged from camp as a co-starter at fullback with junior Alex Wood....more