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Buffs Get Busy in Second Spring Practice

Apr 2, 2005

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BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team returned to the field for its second practice of the spring on Friday afternoon. Left behind from the Buffs' first practice was a bit of the rustiness the team developed over the winter months, as well as some springtime snow flurries.

 

"Spring is my favorite time of year," head coach Gary Barnett said. "There isn't a lot of pressure--we can just go out and practice and teach these kids."

 

The Buffs practiced for about two hours without pads, finishing with some light scrimmaging drills. V-Back Lawrence Vickers returned to the field after recovering from strep throat  and was able to go full speed.

 

"It's better than sitting in the house and feeling like I'm going to die," he said.

 

Vickers will be counted on to fill some important shoes this year with Bobby Purify gone. He will have a lot of help, though, with running backs Byron Ellis, Hugh Charles and Brandon Caesar, who he said "are all really stepping up."

 

Vickers has the most experience of the bunch, but the three true running backs will continue to split carries throughout the spring.

"Of course I want to be the go to guy," Vickers said. "But I'll do whatever they want me to. If they tell me to do something I'll do it, and if they don't want me to then I'll tell someone else how to do it."

 

On the injury front, wide receiver Blake Mackey remained on the sideline nursing a sprained knee. Barnett gave no immediate timetable for his return, only saying he was out indefinitely.

 

Other Notes: The Buffs will hold practice tomorrow from 9:45-noon, where they will don pads for the first time. There will be no tackling, but there will be "everything else" according to Barnett. Per NCAA rules there only a certain amount of practices out of the permitted 15 which can allow tackling. The Buffs will have 12 more practices until the annual spring game on April 23. All practices, as well as the spring game, are free and open to the public.