Colorado Football: 3 Takeaways From Blowout New Hampshire Win

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Nate Landman continues the CU linebacker tradition.

Through three games, Landman has an outrageous 30 tackles, four for loss and two interceptions.  He’s a beast and seems to be in on every defensive play for the Buffaloes.

While it’s fun to watch the emergence of Landman as the latest in a long line of Colorado middle-linebackers, there is some concern that he is too much of the Colorado defense.  If/when Landman isn’t there to blow up plays, can CU defend?

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On Saturday, Landman continued his stellar early-season performance but was joined by several CU defenders on the top of the stat sheet.

Rick Gamboa, from his linebacker position had four solo tackles.  DB Derrick Abrams, Jr. had four tackles and two huge pass breakups.  Colorado’s defensive effort was outstanding across the board, with great performances up-and-down the starting lineup.

Oh and Nate Landman on Saturday?  Four tackles, three for a loss and a sack.

He is still the centerpiece of the Colorado defense but we’ve seen the rest of the defense rise up and play solid.  It’s a relief after some questionable tackling and run defense early in both the CSU and Bugeater games.

Let’s hope the defense is on-track, with Landman at the helm.  The Buffs open PAC-12 play with UCLA at Folsom on September 28th, an immediate test for the defense.

They look to be up to the task and they just look good: