Colorado's first scrimmage of spring ball ended with a Hail Mary from Steven Montez to Jaylon Jackson, but they weren't the only standouts on Friday.
All eyes are on the Buffaloes running game this year, and the battle to replace Travon McMillan, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last year. From BuffZone ... Deion Smith had an 18-yard touchdown run and had 25 yards on five carries. Jake Broussard had 32 yards on seven tries. Alex Fontenot had the most carries with 12, but came up with just 30 yards. And Jared Mangham had 22 on four carries.
Coach Mel Tucker seemed pleased with the running game.
"Especially in the red zone, we had some situations where we really tired to pound it in and we were physical on both sides of the ball," Tucker told reporters. "The offense, they popped some runs and the defense made some stops in the run game. The physical nature in the trenches, we were able to see that in a scrimmage format."
There were some encouraging signs on defense, too. Jacob Callier, Terrance Lang, Nu'umotu Falo and Trey Udoffia all had sacks -- two each for Callier and Lang.
You'd hate to be guilty of reading too much into the first spring scrimmage, but by the sounds of things the Buffaloes pass rush is one of the team's strengths at this point.