BOULDER— Tuesday afternoon’s rain dampened the practice fields, but did no such thing to the Buffs’ morale. When Colorado’s first practice of the season finally began after a half-hour delay, the only thing left in the air was a great amount of energy and excitement.
The 2013 CU fall camp finally got underway with a nearly three-hour session, which head coach Mike MacIntyre termed enjoyable for all.
“You got to have fun out here, and I think they had fun even after a hard practice,” MacIntyre said. “I thought the overall group was moving well and organized well and did a good job.”
The players also demonstrated a high level of excitement on the first day back.
“It was great,” junior wide receiver Paul Richardson said. “My excitement level is incredible.”
Richardson is taking part in his first fall camp in two years after sitting out all of last season with a torn ACL. After a healthy comeback, Richardson’s only focus is the growth and development of the team as a whole.
“In this camp, I hope to build some team confidence and team chemistry,” Richardson added. “If we go out there as one cohesive unit we’ll shock a lot of teams this year.”
There is much room for improvement after a 1-11 season in 2012, but that is a challenge MacIntyre’s first CU team is fully embracing.
“For us to get as many repetitions as we got without as many miscues, I thought was good,” MacIntyre said. “It showed they worked this summer in their player-run practices and it really paid off.”
Practice resumes Wednesday with another afternoon session from about 4-6 p.m.
Notable: Coach MacIntyre announced after practice that Alex Wood, Scott Fernandez, and Josh Ford would each be placed on scholarship for the 2013 season. All three seniors had been awarded one-year scholarships by former head coach Jon Embree last season. With one scholarship still available, MacIntyre and the coaches are working to determine how it will be used . . . . Derek Fribbs, who completed his eligibility this past May after lettering four years on the golf team, will be one of two student assistants working with the coaches this fall. Fribbs, who played the fourth most rounds in school history (146) and finished with a 74.25 stroke average, has been a big football fan his entire life and engaged MacIntyre this summer about learning more about the inner workings of the sport. “This is a great opportunity, I’ve always wanted to see the other side of the game.” Fribbs will graduate with a degree in Sociology this December . . . . The other student coach is senior Tommy Papilion, whose career has been cut short due to knee injuries.