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Buffs Wrap Up Practice On High Note

Apr 23, 2009

BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team is primed and prepped for the 56rd annual Spring Game as the team wrapped up the second-to-last session of spring football and the final practice session before the Spring Game.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Folsom Field.

Coach Dan Hawkins said the Buffs have had a break-through week on the field.

"Today and Tuesday were probably two of the best back-to-back practices we've had since I've been here," Hawkins said.  "Guys are getting to that next level of figuring things out and knowing where to go and what to do.  You start getting a little chemistry and things start happening and then you can get to that next level of coaching."

Hawkins was also asked about offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich and his upcoming interview with Oregon.

"This is a people business and we'll see what happens," Hawkins said.  "I've said this before, we're going to blow this thing up at some point.  But guys get calls all the time and almost every one of them could have left several times.  They stayed for the right reasons and I hope he stays, but if he leaves he's a great friend and we understand that.  We will support him either way."

Helfrich didn't go in-depth about the Oregon job, stating that the timing was not right to do so.  He told the team Monday.  When asked about the timing, Helfrich said "it's both good and bad.  It's good in the way that I can finish up spring here.  Today we had a great practice and yesterday we had a great practice and that's the focus."

The Spring Game is part of CU Spring Fest, which begins Saturday with the Forever Buffs 5K run starting at 8 a.m. with Healthy Kids Day starting at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff set for 1 p.m.  Other great events are happening all over campus, check out the complete schedule at