March 13, 2007

Smoother spring for CU

BOULDER, Colo. - The "deprogramming period" took longer than Dan Hawkins and his staff were hoping for. As a result, the Buffs were well behind the curve entering the 2006 season.

Things are moving along much smoother this spring.

How much? "A bunch," Hawkins said after Tuesday's practice, the Buffaloes' second workout of spring ball. "Everything [has improved in terms of efficiency], the way they run around, knowing what the drills are. It took us all of spring ball [last year] to even get close to what we were doing yesterday just in punt team. [They] know where to go; [they] know the little things, the details."

"I think [the] guys have pretty good energy," he added. "Guys are running around with a little more confidence. It's hard to do a lot with no pads (the Buffs were in shorts on Tuesday). Thursday we'll get a better look at that [when we practice in pads for the first time this spring]."

One unit that made a number of plays during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work on Tuesday was the Buffaloes' secondary. Cornerbacks Terrence Wheatley and Gardner McKay and safety Ryan Walters all had interceptions.

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