- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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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?