Now that Shane Callahan has been ruled eligible for the coming football season at Colorado, he has his eyes on earning a starting job.

It will be an uphill climb for sure for the former four-star recruit who transferred from Auburn this summer to be close to his father who is ill. Callahan grew up in Parker and attended Chaparral High School. He chose Auburn over CU in the recruiting process in 2012 when the CU program was under different management.

Callahan told reporters after Tuesday's practice he grew up watching the Buffs every Saturday and has always considered himself a fan of the program. It just wasn't the right fit for him out of high school.

"I love it here," he said. "This is my home. I'm proud to wear Colorado on my jersey."

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre does not allow freshmen and newcomers who join the program in the summer to talk to the media until after the first game of the season. He made an exception with Callahan.

MacIntyre and offensive line coach Gary Bernardi said they have seen a player over the first four days of fall camp who is capable of competing for immediate playing time if not a starting job. It's up to Callahan to make it happen.

Coaches said he could play either tackle or guard and they will have a better idea of where he fits best when more scrimmaging and live situations happen in camp.


"Right now he's just learning everything, but he's been doing some good stuff and he can definitely be able to help us on a few of our special teams for sure," MacIntyre said. "I definitely hope he can help us. We think he can but we got to learn it. He'll be good competition. He definitely adds positive, great depth either way."

Callahan said he is getting along with teammates so well it feels like he has been here for two years. He said he is not finding the adjustment to the CU offense that challenging.

"It's actually very similar to what we ran last year," Callahan said. "So I'm catching on pretty fast. Still you have some bumps. It's obviously not the same thing. So there are some bumps up and down but it's coming along good."

Bouncing back

Redshirt freshman fullback George Frazier missed all of spring drills after injuring his knee in winter conditioning and undergoing surgery. MacIntyre said he likes what he has seen from Frazier so far early in camp.

"He'll be able to run the football," MacIntyre said. "We'll still feature our tailbacks but he'll be able to run it, yes."

Frazier isn't just a fullback in the CU offense. He plays more of a H-back role where he can block for the run or be a weapon the passing game as well.


Safety Jered Bell is out temporarily with a dislocated elbow suffered in Monday's practice. MacIntyre said Bell will wear a brace for several days and should be back to practicing at some point in the next two weeks. ... CU parking police issued multiple tickets to fans who attended Tuesday's practice and parked in the dirt lot immediately adjacent to the practice fields. There is no other reasonably close place for fans to park and the dirt lot features a limited number of metered spots

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