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Buffs Turn on the Heat After Spring Break

Apr 3, 2006

BOULDER - Sunshine lasted for most of the session and sub-freezing temperatures were absent for perhaps the first time this spring after the University of Colorado football team held its first practice after the break.  


            "It was a little better than normal," Head Coach Dan Hawkins said. "I called some of these guys and talked to them over the weekend and I told them ?hey, we need to be ready to go on Monday.' It's a correct and review practice but we needed to get something out of it, and I think we did. With execution we are having a few issues but we are adding more stuff. I thought our effort was really good though."


            Junior quarterbacks Brian White and Bernard Jackson received most of the snaps in practice with injured senior James Cox limited because of a hand injury he sustained early in spring ball. Hawkins still plans to name his starter in the fall, and he said that he will continue rotating his quarterbacks through the huddle.


            In fact, Hawkins isn't intent on naming many starters, especially at this point.


            "We probably won't get into a whole lot of that," he said. "We have starters for different personnel groups. When we get in a game you are going to see four or five guys at running back, four or five guys at tight end and six or seven wide receivers. The whole depth chart thing is probably more applicable for the offensive line."


Practice Notes: Hawkins went skydiving with his two daughters over spring break in San Diego last week. He has the event on video and he showed it to the team before practice. "I don't think there was anyone more scared of doing it than me," he said. "I think there are a lot of guys would say ?no way.' But there is a way. I want our guys to get their minds right and then they can do it." A pair of wide receivers, sophomore Tim Lemon and recent senior walk-on Martane Freeman missed practice due to family reasons. Senior cornerback Gerett Burl practiced for the first time this spring after missing the first two weeks for breaking an unspecified team rule.