September 19, 2007

Sipili's return adds toughness to CU's defense

BOULDER, Colo. - Colorado fans have anxiously awaited the 2007 debut of Michael Sipili. The hard-hitting linebacker was slated to start prior to preseason camp. He played in 10 games as a true freshman last season and had one of the best tackles-per-play ratios on the team.

After missing the first three games of the season due to suspension, Sipili again finds himself at the top of the depth chart at the Mike linebacker position.

"He brings a tough, hard-nosed style, that is the type of player he is," linebackers coach Brian Cabral said when asked what Sipili's return adds to the Buffaloes' defense. "He is a relentless player on the field. So he'll bring some physical attitude."

Coach Cabral told during spring practices that Sipili was still developing as a player. At the time, he was more interested in running through blockers, rather than running around them.

"He has made a lot of progress since the spring," Cabral said. "He had a great fall camp and he understands a lot more as far as what he needs to do and how he needs to do it. He has come a long ways."

One of the linebackers that got extra reps because of Sipili's absence was Jeff Smart.

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