The Colorado football team has a lot of work to do between now and the Sept. 2 season opener against Colorado State, but head coach Mike MacIntyre came away from Thursday's first practice feeling good about the Buffaloes' start.

"I thought it went well," MacIntyre said. "We got out here and got going early. I thought it went well. No one got injured, so that went well."

While no one was injured, the Buffs did welcome back several players who have been out with injuries for a while, including senior quarterback Sefo Liufau, who practiced for the first time since injuring his left foot on Nov. 13.

Colorado linebacker Addison Gillam runs through drills during practice on Thursday.
Colorado linebacker Addison Gillam runs through drills during practice on Thursday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

"He was able to go the entire practice and he did well," MacIntyre said. "As far as him moving around on his foot, there was no limping; throwing motion; nothing worried about pushing off the foot or landing on it. As far as all that type of stuff goes, there wasn't one hiccup whatsoever."

Linebacker Addison Gillam and left tackle Jeromy Irwin were also back at practice. They were both injured in the second game of the 2015 season and missed the rest of the year and the spring.

CU also welcomed back senior defensive lineman Josh Tupou, who has returned after a one-year suspension from school and the team.


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Defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu and outside linebacker N.J. Falo returned to practice, as well. Both were suspended for off-the-field incidents this spring. While he can practice, Falo will sit out the first three games as part of his discipline.

Running back Dino Gordon remains suspended, but the Buffs are hoping he'll return soon.

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre addresses the team during the first practice of fall camp on Thursday.
Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre addresses the team during the first practice of fall camp on Thursday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

The Buffs did open camp without two players they thought they'd have on board. Senior defensive end Tyler Henington, who has missed the last two seasons with injuries, decided to end his comeback attempt and will not play for the Buffs again. True freshman defensive back Ca'Ron Baham, who signed with the Buffs in February, decided to leave the team and return home to Louisiana.

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