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Buffs Prep for Spring Game Saturday

Apr 22, 2005

BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team held its final practice Friday afternoon before the annual spring game on Saturday. The Buffs drilled for about two hours in shorts as the team nears the final stages of spring football.


Head coach Gary Barnett said the coaches' main goal this spring was to look for players who they can depend upon in the fall. He felt the team ended the practices on a very positive note.


"There really wasn't a whole lot we didn't get done," Barnett said. "This team likes one another and they will compete. Even when they line up against each other in shorts, they will compete."


Barnett expects the Buffs to scrimmage for about 80-90 plays tomorrow. The offense will be somewhat limited because only eight linemen will be able to play. Senior tackle Clint O'Neal is the most recent player to be ruled out for the game. He was recently hospitalized with a suspected staph infection in his finger.


The game will be played at 1:00 p.m., with the team scrimmaging in an offense vs. defense format, with a scoring system which will allow the defense to score points. The game will take place on the practice fields, which are located down the hill north of Folsom Field. Temporary bleachers will be set up for spectators, and following the game CU fans will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from the Buff football players, as well as other CU student-athletes.


Other Notes: Fox will be doing interviews with players on the sidelines during the scrimmage, as well as miking a few of the Buffs during live action. The footage will be used for a television show which they will air.


Before the game, the CU athletic department will hold its second annual "Healthy Kids Day" from 10:30 a.m.-noon to kick off the day's festivities. Children up to age 13 will have the opportunity to participate in different "fun stations" with CU student-athletes representing a variety of sports. Children under six must be accompanied by an adult. The first 500 kids will receive free t-shirts, lunch from Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba's Italian Grill and other cool prizes. The first 300 kids to complete all the activities will be given an opportunity to stretch with the football team as players warm up around 12:30 p.m.