Temperatures that hovered just above freezing and an occasional drizzle didn’t stop the Buffs from working through their most extensive scrimmage of the spring Friday afternoon and evening.
CU went live only in short series so as to protect its offensive linemen – a unit that features only six healthy players at this point. In between series, the Buffs worked 7 on 7 and special teams situations.
After the practice was concluded, head coach Dan Hawkins was upbeat about the progress his team has made this spring over a year ago.
“We’re definitely way better than we were. Way better,” he said. “Overall, guys are a lot more confident, guys are making more plays, doing a lot of little things. It’s good.”
• Kevin Moyd had a productive scrimmage. It’s the best he’s looked in a while. He carried four times for 29 yards, including a 10-yard run for a first down when the offense started a series from its own 2-yard line. Hugh Charles led all rushers with 47 yards in six carries.
• The lone touchdown of the day came on a pass play between Cody Hawkins and Dusty Sprague. Hawkins was 3 of 6 for 31 yards and the day’s only interception (R.J. Brown). Nick Nelson went 7 of 14 for 60 yards.
• Hawkins likes Bernard Jackson’s development in the slash role. He will continue meeting with the quarterbacks this spring, and likely in August, though that could change. “We just need to continue to be creative with him,” Hawkins said, “It’s one of those good news/bad news things when you have that much athletic ability, you know spreading him too thin and making it too hard on him.
“But I think we have to continue to look at all the ways we can get the ball in his hands because he’s pretty electric.”
• While skirmishes are common in football practice, Hawkins put the stop to a particularly feisty one that broke out during Friday’s scrimmage. Daniel Sanders and George Hypolite got tangled up after the whistle, and Edwin Harrison and Michael Sipili joined the fracas, which was the biggest one of the spring.
Hawkins halted practice and lined the team up on the sideline and ordered them to run 15 — count ‘em, 15 — gassers. He had some choice words for the team, as well. After the first gasser, Hawkins ejected Hypolite from the practice.
Asked afterward what Hypolite had done to warrant the ejection, Hawkins said, “Well, the good thing about George is he’s always got an opinion. It just wasn’t the right time to voice the opinion.”
• Incoming freshman Blake Behrens was at the practice again today. The offensive lineman certainly passes the eye-ball test. He looks physically mature enough to play today.