BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team wrapped up its first week of spring practices on Friday. While this was their third practice of the week, it was their first with pads which means the first real hitting of the spring is upon us.
"It was a good first week," coach Dan Hawkins said. "I thought that was about the best first week we've had. Just about the value of having guys who know what you expect and a little bit of experience. They're running around great, their attitude is great, the camaraderie was good."
The atmosphere around the practices is starting to increase in a way that the observers can easily tell that the players are shaking off most of the rust and getting back into the swing of things. While there was some hitting going on throughout the practice, as it went on you could feel the anticipation build among the players, coaches and crowd for the full contact team period slated for the end of practice.
There were a handful of plays that stood out from practice, from offensive lineman Ryan Miller's blocked field goal attempt to tailback Demetrius Sumler's touchdown run during a full team drill, but the thing that stood out the most on Friday was that the intensity level continued to increase and build on previous practices. A number of players mentioned that being the biggest difference from previous spring practices, the fact that the team as a whole is hitting practice hard and focused.
The Buffs have the weekend off and are back on the practice field Monday at 4:00 p.m.
NOTES: Tailback Darrell Scott is once again taking reps as a punter, as he did during fall camp last August. The quote of the day may have been when Hawkins said "he's a John Wayne kind of a guy" when describing new offensive line coach Denver Johnson.