Mike MacIntyre is a little over two weeks into his first spring practices as the new head football coach at Colorado and he seems to have already figured out one of the Buffs’ biggest issues.
They don’t have a go-to quarterback.
Despite having SIX quarterbacks already in spring camp to work with, and a seventh joining the program this summer, MacIntyre is considering adding a junior college transfer to the fold, a quarterback he already is familiar with.
Nelson Fishback, who played last season at Butte College in California, visited the CU campus last week and could join the program this summer. Despite lackluster passing numbers, 108 of 201 passes for 1, 482 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions last season, he led his team to a 10-1 record and he’s a QB that MacIntyre recruited coming out of high school. One of the other reasons that MacIntyre is considering adding Fishback to the mix is because the Durham, California product played in an offense with similar concepts to what Colorado has been installing this spring.
Considering adding another QB to an already swollen roster position signifies that MacIntyre must not be happy with the players at his disposal this spring. The three man rotation from last season, senior Jordan Webb, juniors Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman, are still around and competing for the starting role this season while Stevie Joe Dorman and John Shrock, practice squad players last season, are on the roster but not seriously in the mix for the starting role. Redshirt freshman Shane Dillon has also been competing at the position but apparently has not impressed the head coach enough to prevent him from bringing in yet another QB.
As spring practice is set to resume next Tuesday afternoon, MacIntyre has promised to trim the number of players competing for the starting position to three or four. That way the players who don’t make the cut can weigh their options on whether to change positions or possibly transfer elsewhere to earn some playing time. It wouldn’t be surprising to see one or two QB’s transfer at the end of spring to pursue a better situation.
If nobody decides to transfer or switch positions, which seems unlikely, Colorado will enter the fall with eight quarterbacks on the roster once incoming freshman Sefo Lifau, and possibly Fishback, joins the team this summer. That likely won’t happen but it’s the situation that the Buffs have put themselves in.
In this day and age you have to have a talented quarterback to win games. It’s something that Colorado has lacked recently and that’s why MacIntyre will go to all lengths to find the right guy to lead his program.