Health concerns

Colorado conducted the 14th practice of spring on Thursday with a lot of players unable to participate because of injuries. The group has grown considerably since spring ball began and many familiar names will also be held out of Saturday's spring game.

When asked what his goal for the spring game was, Embree responded by saying, "I want to see everybody walk off the field. That's all I want to see."

Scrimmage plans

Embree said the spring game will include about 30 live scrimmage plays, the same as in each of the previous three spring scrimmages. There also will be about 20 7-on-7 plays, some red zone work and kickoff coverage and punting work on special teams.

Seeing red

Former Buff defensive back Clyde Surrell visited practice wearing a bright red addidas track suit, clearly violating the unofficial "no red" rule that has been enforced in the program through the years because of the rivalry with Nebraska.

Embree was asked about seeing Surrell strolling the sidelines in his red outfit.

"It shows there is a sensitive, more softer side because usually me, (Eric Bieniemy and Kanavis McGhee) would have put him in the creek for wearing red down here like that. I don't know if that's a RunDMC outfit or what. I'm not giving him money to try to get new clothes."

Notable


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Legendary Texas high school coach Sonny Detmer, the father of former Buff Koy Detmer and grandfather to current Buff quarterback Stevie Joe Dorman attended practice. ... Embree said his punt and kickoff returners in 2012 likely haven't graduated high school yet. ... Cordary Allen has been sitting out practices with a shoulder injury. Embree said Allen hasn't benefited much from spring ball, which is a concern because Allen switched positions for the third time in his brief career prior to spring. He moved from tight end to defensive end. He was originally recruited as a tailback. ... Defensive backs Greg Henderson and Josh Moten missed Thursday's practice. Moten was working on some school work and Henderson flew home to California to attend a funeral. Moten will be back for the spring game. Henderson will not. ... Former Buff Daniel Sanders visited practice.