The Colorado Buffaloes suffered through a horrendous 2012 season where they won a single game and cost their head coach, Jon Embree, his job after just two seasons in Boulder. Now, Mike MacIntyre comes in and will try and turn the Buffs around in a hurry. He will need a better effort out of everyone on the roster, but Colorado’s defense was especially porous last year. Can Derrick Webb step up as a leader and elevate the entire unit’s game next fall?
Webb led the Buffs last season with 66 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack. The defense, as a whole, however, was one of the worst in the nation, giving up an average of 46 points per game to their opponents. They gave up 50 points or more five times last season and failed to hold a single opponent under 20 points. Even if Colorado’s offense wasn’t also one of the worst in the nation, the team would have found it difficult to keep up with their opponents on the scoreboard.
That can’t happen again in 2013 if Colorado has any hope of winning a game next fall. They will have some experience returning, including defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe with his 12.5 sacks over the last two seasons and three returning starters in the secondary, though they have just two interceptions from 2012 between them. There is experience, but there is also plenty of room for improvement.
Webb must be the one to lead the defensive unit and elevate the play of every member of the Colorado defense. If he doesn’t, MacIntyre might find his stay in Boulder just as short as his predecessor.