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Colorado Football 2012: Secondary Looks Forward To Infusion Of Youth

If the QB's the Colorado Buffaloes faced in 2011 were one player, he'd probably be an All-American. Opposing QB's completed 65.5% of their passes and averaged 237.6 yards per game against the Buffaloes; through 13 games, they threw for 21 TD's and 7 INT's.

For first-year coach Jon Embree, the biggest problem was personnel: Colorado simply didn't have the bodies in the secondary to compete in the Pac-12. As a result, there's a good chance an incoming group of freshman DB's, who Embree has dubbed 'the Fast Five', could receive a lot of playing time in the 2012 season.

Senior S Ray Polk, speaking to, said he was impressed by how they've performed so far in camp:

"It's coming along actually really well. The young guys are picking it up fast and it's exciting to see," Polk said. "In a short period of time there is just so much to grasp. It's really exciting to see these guys progress, and they're going to be great football players by the end of their time here."

John Walker, a freshman CB from Washington D.C., will redshirt this year after tearing ligaments in his finger last week. The other four -- Kenneth Crawley, Jeffrey Hall, Marques Mosley and Yuri Wright -- will all have a chance to make an immediate impact this season.

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