A coaching staff featuring eight men with some level of experience as players or coaches in the NFL figured to add a professional feel to the Colorado football program as they began reshaping things in Boulder this year.

That includes the way fall camp will operate.

In recent years, the Buffs stayed in their own places during camp with freshmen staying dorms. Coach Jon Embree has the Buffs living together in the Millennium Harvest House hotel just down the street from the practice fields throughout camp in an attempt to build a strong sense of team unity and to keep players focused on football

NFL teams often spend training camp living in hotels near their practice facilities. Doing so helps players minimize distractions in their personal lives.

Colorado players regularly stayed at the College Inn during camp in the 1980s and 1990s under former coaches Bill McCartney and Rick Neuheisel, but the program went away from housing the team under one roof in camp in the late 1990s.

Colorado also has contracted with Pasta Jays restaurant in Boulder to provide training table meals for players in the coming weeks before fall semester classes start. The restaurant has a catering menu that goes well beyond its traditional Italian menu.

Healthy Buffs

CU will open practices today with few lingering aches and pains from the offseason.


Doctors told Embree in April that this was the first year in recent memory they didn't have to perform some sort of surgery on a player after spring practices ended.

The only player listed as questionable for the first session is offensive lineman Blake Behrens, who recently aggravated a biceps muscle injury. It's a far cry from the 23 players listed on the injury report for the spring game. Many of those players were either hurt during spring drills or recovering from surgeries after last season ended.

A handful of players are returning to action today after suffering season-ending injuries last fall, including safety Anthony Perkins, cornerback Parker Orms and running back Brian Lockridge.

Walk-on QB, seven others added

Among the 105 players who are on

the roster for the start of camp are eight new walk-ons announced Wednesday. The list includes quarterback John Schrock of Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas City, Kan.

Schrock grew up wanting to play for the Buffs. He attended plenty of CU home games because his mother is a Boulder native and he would often visit his grandparents here.

Adding Schrock brings the total number of quarterbacks on the roster to five for fall camp.

Fairview High School longsnapper Keegan LaMar was also among the walk-ons added Wednesday. The others include, wide receiver Parker Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., fullback Nick Plimpton of Phoenix, Ariz., defensive back River Thompson of Denver, defensive end Casey Walker of Grand Junction, defensive back Richard Yates of Denver and tight end Cody Yellen of Trabuca Canyon, Calif.

CU also included punter Mark Brundage on its official list of walk-ons. Brundage is a senior and joined the program after graduating with an engineering degree from Rice University where he punted for the Owls.