Buffs Wrap Up Second Padded Practice of the Spring
BOULDER-The University of Colorado football team was in pads for the second consecutive practice on Thursday, after getting a day off on Wednesday.
"There is no question that we are trying to and need to get some of our younger guys up to speed," head coach Dan Hawkins said when asked what one of the main focuses of recent practices had been.
Some of the players had similar answers when asked how practices had been going and what the coaching staff has been focusing on.
"We have a lot of young guys, and we have a lot of young talent," senior defensive tackle George Hypolite said. "We're trying to get our young guys to practice fast but controlled and that is coming along. They're learning how to practice the right way without banging all the time. Once we get everyone to practice the right way?with the talent that we have on this team we are going to shock some people and do some great things."
Senior center Daniel Sanders echoed the same sentiment as his defensive counterpart.
"Practice is going well, we're getting better everyday," he said. "The team is learning how to finish on a more consistent basis and we're all hustling more. As long as we keep improving every day, everything will turn out fine."
The Buffs will hold one more practice Friday afternoon from 4:00-6:30 before holding their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the great weather expected this weekend and see the Buffs in live action at 1:00 at Folsom Field.
Coach Hawkins was in attendance Wednesday night to show his support for the women's basketball team when they hosted Marquette in their WNIT semi-final game. During the first half of the game, Hawkins helped CU mascot Chip and the cheerleaders throw out Colorado basketball t-shirts and joked about feeling the effects today, "It was such a weak throw, that I think I blew out my tri (triceps) trying to keep up with Chip."
At the end of practice Thursday, the coaching staff brought out two wheels for select players to spin. The wheels resemble that of a wheel on a game show, and the players refer to them as the wheels of fortune?the two wheels have various options on them, including rewards and penalties. A few notable outcomes included junior CB Cha'pelle Brown landing on a free pass on conditioning and QB Kyle Black getting an even more valued free pass from strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman. Two players who weren't as lucky included Sanders who had to carry the two wheels off the field and put them away and QB Matt Ballenger who pulled laundry duty.