Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre was hoping to take advantage of warm weather as his team began spring practice on Wednesday.
High winds forced the Buffaloes inside, but MacIntyre certainly wasn't complaining. CU opened spring with its first official practice in the new indoor practice facility.
"It's phenomenal," he said. "We came in here and it worked great. We had a tremendous amount of room; we could kick, punt. It was awesome."
The Buffs are hoping to be outside for as many of their 15 spring practices as possible. On Wednesday, the wind would have prevented the Buffs from being able to send staffers up on lift towers to get video of the practice, which is why they moved inside.
MacIntyre said the indoor facility is equipped with cameras that can be operated at ground level with joysticks. When the Buffs open their new outdoor fields later this year, those will also have cameras can that can be operated with joysticks, so the Buffs won't have to worry about the dangers of the lift towers.
Junior receiver Kabion Ento is hoping to push for a spot in the Buffs rotation this season. A transfer from East Central (Miss.) Community College, he signed with CU in December and joined the team in January.
"It's a big change from where I come from," he said. "I really like it here. I feel like this is a place I can really make home."
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Ento said he came to CU because of the high level of competition in the Pac-12, and it also allows him to be closer to his niece, who lives in Aurora.
As he gets settled into his new surroundings, Ento is hoping to prove he deserves to have passes thrown his way.
"The first thing I know I have to do, I have to learn," he said. "They're not just going to throw me in a starting spot. There's a lot of talented receivers, especially the ones returning. To even get in the rotation, it's going to be a good thing to do. I have to work hard, and when the ball comes my way I have to be able to catch it. Most of all I have to be reliable."
Quarterback Steven Montez said he's been working a lot with Ento in recent weeks and has been impressed.
"He's a phenomenal receiver, just like the rest of the guys we have here," Montez said. "He's going to be of great use to us."
Earlier this month, when the Buffs got into the IPF for the first time, punters purposely tried to hit the ceiling, which is 90 feet from field to peak. It's a little tougher to hit that ceiling under normal conditions, though.
"They didn't hit the ceiling once today when they were punting regular," MacIntyre said.
This is MacIntyre's fourth spring with the Buffs and he said Wednesday "was the best first day we've had." ... Running back Patrick Carr, cornerback Isaiah Oliver and linebacker Christian Shaver are participating in track and field, but will focus solely on football during spring ball. "When we finish after the spring game (on April 9), they'll be turned back over to track completely," MacIntyre said. ... MacIntyre feels new strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson has done a lot in his two months on the job. "(The players) are stronger; it seems like they are in really good shape," he said. ... CU practiced in shorts and helmets Wednesday. They'll be in pads for the first time on Monday but will not hit that day.
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