CU’s defense getting baptism by fire |

CU’s defense getting baptism by fire

Chris Dempsey
The Denver Post

BOULDER – Will Pericak made his decision to commit to Colorado over a plate of food at the Dal Ward Athletic Center – when he was 7 years old. Or 8. The details are a little fuzzy in his mind.

What was always clear was his desire to play in a Buffaloes uniform, from the time he was a tyke at a CU football camp. The only variables were his talent and how hard he’d work to reach the goal.

Turns out, the former Boulder High standout had the talent and more than the required work ethic to play college football. Sunday, he became the first CU freshman to start the first game of his career on the defensive line.

“It’s all pretty surreal,” said Pericak, a 19-year-old who redshirted last season. “It means a ton to me. I’ve come a long way. It’s an awesome feeling. It meant a ton being from Boulder, being able to get out there, along with (linebacker) Jeff Smart, being a Boulder High grad. It was pretty special.”

Coaches said they liked how the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Pericak played, even though he and the defensive line struggled to get pressure on CSU quarterback Grant Stucker or stop the Rams’ rushing attack. The Buffs had just two sacks, neither by a lineman. Pericak finished with three tackles, two solo, in the loss.

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