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Buffs Get Outside For The First Time

Apr 7, 2009

BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team had its first outdoor practice of the spring Tuesday, after having the first four practices of the spring inside their practice bubble for various reasons.

"These guys have been going really hard," coach Dan Hawkins said. "I like their tempo. I just want them to be judicious about how they practice."

One of the more noticeable differences this year, from previous spring practices, is the swagger that the team carries itself with. It's not an arrogance but instead the team maturing and knowing what the coaching staff expects of them and what they expect from each other.

"I think it's when experience and confidence kind of rolls into one and they know what to expect out of the drills," Hawkins explained. "Whether it's the scheme or they know what the tempo is. There's some leadership in there, they've gone through it a few times and experienced the ups and downs."

As the team continues to work toward their first scrimmage of the spring (Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m.), there is still a lot that needs to be done before they're ready to take the field. In addition to implementing more of the playbook, the team needs to figure out where they're going be scrimmaging.

"We'd like to go (in Folsom)," Hawkins said. "We'll have to see how the weather holds and if they can get the field lined, but we'd like to go up there."