March 12, 2007

Buffs kick off spring practices

BOULDER, Colo. - For avid Colorado football fans, the second season began on Monday afternoon. The Buffaloes kicked off spring ball with their first of 15 practices.

Unlike Dan Hawkins' first spring on campus, there were no golf ball hitting contests, no 7-on-7 drills pitting offensive linemen up against defensive linemen, no tug-of-war contests.

It was all business. "Hawk Love" has been replaced with tough love.

Following a 2-10 campaign, the Buffaloes have gone through a rigorous off-season workout program overseen by strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pittman.

"This is definitely the hardest off-season conditioning program I've done," confirmed redshirt freshman running back Demetrius Sumler. "Coming from high school, off-season for me was basketball. Yeah, it's tough but it's making us better and I think most of us understand that."

Monday's practice also marked the beginning of another quarterback battle. Returning starter Bernard Jackson, Junior College addition Nick Nelson and redshirt freshman Cody Hawkins are all trying to get a leg up heading into preseason camp.

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