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In honor of Colorado kicking off spring ball today, we're going with an all-Buffs poll. As we all know, Colorado has had some issues since coming into the league. The Buffs are 4-21 since joining the Pac-12 and have picked up just three conference wins in the past two years.
But Colorado starts its spring session with renewed enthusiasm. New head coach Mike MacIntyre has program-rejuvenating credentials, and there is some hope that all of the youngsters who were thrust into action last season will take a big step forward in 2013.
There are plenty of issues MacIntyre & Co. have to address this spring. But is there one that is any greater than another? So for your Thursday poll question: What is the biggest issue facing Colorado this spring?
New staff/systems: Colorado will be switching to the pistol offense, so there is going to be a lot of fundamentals work that needs to be done. Also, it is adjusting to an entirely new coaching staff. There are no holdovers from the last regime.
QB competition: Lots of options, but lots of question marks as well. There are five quarterbacks on the roster, plus a sixth coming in. The hope is that a couple will emerge as front-runners and it can carry over until the fall when a starter will eventually be named.
Maturing secondary: Colorado might have the brightest up-and-coming secondary in the league. A very young secondary last year picked up a ton of experience. Can it take a step forward this spring and wow the new coaching staff?
Defensive depth: Not a lot of experience at linebacker. Only three defensive ends who have ever played. While the secondary might be a bright spot, there's a lot of developing that has to happen in the front seven.
Developing receivers: Paul Richardson is back, which is huge. Grayshirt Jeff Thomas should also be a contributor. With the guys who got work last year, how does this newly bolstered receiving corps fit in with the new offensive scheme?
In honor of Colorado kicking off spring ball today, we're going with an all-Buffs poll. As we all know, Colorado has had some issues since coming into the league.