Coach Jon Embree said he was pleased with how his team of 105 players responded on Day One. He said veterans who learned the ropes of his system in spring managed to carry over what they learned then with few hiccups.
The Buffs won't put on full pads and begin hitting until Monday. Embree said his goal for the first four practices is to get an idea of what individual players are capable of.
“Evaluate, especially the younger guys," he said. "See who can contribute and help us early. There were some guys out there who looked good and started picking some things up. Then it always changes again. The next phase is obviously when they get the pads on. See who wants to do it when they get hit.”
Several newcomers looked good in their first practice as Buffs, including freshmen defensive linemen Stephane Nembot and Juda Parker, linebackers Will Harlos and Brady Daigh, wide receivers Tyler McCulloch and Logan Gray.
Redshirt freshman Cordary Allen made his debut as a tight end after spending his true freshman year in Boulder playing running back. Embree said coaches moved Allen to tight end from running back because there is a bit of a logjam at running back and more bodies are needed at tight end.
Safety Anthony Perkins spent spring ball as a player/coach while his injured knee continued to mend following a torn ACL last season. Perkins managed to pick off a pass from starting quarerback Tyler Hansen in 7-on-7 work.
The Buffs practice again Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:30