Thursday, June 14, 2012
Strongest position group: Colorado
By ESPN.com staff
Every team has a strength -- that one position group that can make a play on offense or make a big stop on defense when needed.
Based on what happened this spring, we're going to look at the strongest position group for each school. It could be on either side of the ball -- and it could be subject to change after fall camp goes into full swing.
We're going in reverse alphabetical order.
Strongest position group: Linebacker
Headliner: Jon Major (85 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks)
Supporting cast: Doug Rippy (62/5/3); Derrick Webb (54, 4 TFL); Brady Daigh (18 tackles)
The skinny: Colorado has a lot of questions and will be young in many areas next fall, but linebacker is a spot where it won't be inexperienced and will have some solid talent. Rippy led the Buffs in tackles before going down with a knee injury after seven games, yet he still earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. Major seemed to find himself over the final third of the 2011 season, and he was outstanding in the upset win at Utah in the season finale. They are both seniors, with Rippy expected to man the middle linebacker spot and Major on the strong side. Webb, a junior, had a strong spring session and may be ready to take his play up a notch. Daigh, a sophomore, has seen significant action -- he ran with the first-team defense this spring with Rippy still out. Sophomore Woodson Greer had a good spring game and is an up-and-comer. This is solid unit that could look pretty good if some guys step up on the defensive line.