The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off a disastrous 2012 season that forced a total house cleaning of the football program and athletic department. With a new coach, new system and new expectations facing them under Mike MacIntyre, it could just be some familiar faces that make the difference this fall. After a horrendous showing in 2012, could Connor Wood be the leader under center the Buffs need in 2013?
Looking at Wood’s production last season, you would have been hard-pressed to pick him as one of the offensive leaders heading into this season. While he’s the only one of the four healthy quarterbacks on the roster to have taken a snap for Colorado, he didn’t do much with those snaps. Last season, he completed just 21 of 42 passes for 265 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. In the one game he started, he finished just 3-for-6 with two interceptions and found himself on the bench before halftime.
But it appears that Wood has put all of that behind him. He put together a strong spring to emerge as the frontrunner for the starting quarterback job and was then voted a captain by his teammates. Wood has embraced the leadership role and has continued his consistently high level of play through the first week of fall camp. That performance has given him the early edge to become the starting quarterback, according to offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren.
If he can maintain that edge to the season opener, Wood will have an opportunity to have one of the biggest turnaround seasons in the country. He’ll have the benefit of getting Paul Richardson back at wide receiver and a fresh start with a coaching staff that seems to be getting the best that Wood has to offer. Is he the answer for Colorado’s turnaround in 2013?