Trimmed Down Defensive Line Will Bolster Defense for Colorado Buffaloes

By Tyler Brett
Ron Chenoy – USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes are looking to climb out of the Pac 12 cellar in 2013 under new head coach Mike MacIntyre. His biggest challenge this offseason is likely rebuilding a porous defense that gave up 46 points per game in 2012. He’s got a plan and it involves doing more with less. Specifically, he wants more production from his defensive line, who he’d like to see a little less of next fall.

On a Colorado Coaches Caravan stop, MacIntyre talked to some Buffs’ supporters about the work that’s going on with the roster heading into next season. He said that three of the defensive linemen that he felt needed to lose some weight next season have already lost 20 pounds each. Dropping some of the bulk will hopefully make the Colorado line a little leaner, meaner and quicker to the football in 2013.

The area that it will likely have the most effect is in the pass-rush. Last season, Colorado was dreadful in getting after the quarterback, recording just 19 sacks as a team. They were led, and will be led again next season, by Chidera Uzo-Diribe who recorded seven sacks, but only two other defensive linemen recorded multiple sacks in 2012. Uzo-Diribe will once again lead the pass-rush and be among the Pac 12’s best at getting after the quarterback, but he needs some help next fall.

By trimming down the rest of the line, Colorado will be adding athleticism to their defensive front that they hope will translate into more dynamic playmakers on the line. MacIntyre is counting on that added dimension of speed to make a difference and create more negative plays for opposing offenses. Will a slimmer defensive front help or hurt the Colorado cause in 2013?

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