The more demanding practices were for two reasons — to allow players more work on X and O's as they prepare for Florida State's arrival Saturday, and to prepare for the physical nature of the game ahead. Hawkins said, in particular, he wanted to get the running game back in gear after a lackluster performance in the loss at Arizona State.
Senior linebacker Jordon Dizon said the team welcomed the extra work.
"We know Florida State's a big and fast team, and we know they can hit, so we're trying to get ready for the contact they're going to give us," he said. "But it was mostly getting more reps so we understand their offense and defense more."
Hawkins said, "They both look really good. They're running well."
Hawkins commented further on Smith, the freshman receiver: "He's been unbelievable. His conditioning looks good, he's running fast, he's making plays, he gets hit and jumps up. Very impressive."
• Buffalo Roundup on tap. The team will begin a new tradition Saturday. Buses will drop off the players and coaches outside Libby Hall approximately 2 hours 20 minutes prior to kickoff. The team, the marching band and cheerleaders will walk to the stadium, touch the Buffalo and then head to the locker room.
"I think that'll be a cool tradition," Hawkins said.
The team encourages all fans to show up for the Buffalo Roundup.
• There's also a "blackout" effort underway, spearheaded by CU students. Students are encouraged to wear all black for the nationally televised game. The move has put the athletic department in an odd position because the AD has promoted a "gold out" in past seasons, and for the CSU game. The AD feels they can't promote an all-black day officially because it would be sending mixed messages to the fan base.
• CU officials said 1,900 tickets for Saturday's game remained as of Wednesday afternoon.