Coming off a disappointing season, the Colorado football team opened spring practice on Friday with a renewed hunger.
Not all of that hunger is the product of the Buffaloes going from first in the Pac-12 South in 2016 to last a year ago, however.
"There's some new guys out there," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "A lot of guys competing for jobs, so that creates a lot of hunger. I definitely felt they had a sense of urgency, they wanted to do it right, they're helping each other. There was a lot of good chatter between each group of guys."
MacIntyre said the first day brought a lot of energy and excitement to the players and the coaches after three months of working out and watching film.
"It was a lot of fun, watching them play," MacIntyre said. "I think they were glad to be running plays and running around. It was fun for coaches and all of us."
Most of the players are back from last year, but the spring roster also includes several new players. So, the early part of spring will be spent, in part, on getting everybody up to speed with CU's rapid practice pace.
"I thought they handled it well," MacIntyre said of the first day. "It wasn't pretty, but they handled it well.
"I worry about execution all the time, but (early on) you're trying to push the pace, you're trying to push them drill to drill, make sure they're lining up correctly, eyes are in the right place and all those type of things."
Lang making progress
Defensive lineman Terrance Lang continues to progress as he enters his second season — but his first spring — with the Buffs.
A year ago, when he came on an official visit to CU, the 6-foot-7 Lang weighed 282 pounds. By the time he arrived in Boulder for fall camp, he was down to 248 and spent this past season redshirting and putting weight back on his frame.
MacIntyre said Friday that Lang is now around 275 pounds.
"We'd like to gain him a little bit more weight, but we want him to keep being able to run like he can run, so hopefully he'll keep working hard in the weight room," MacIntyre said. "He's extremely athletic."
MacIntyre said the Buffs did 20 minutes of special teams work on Friday, focusing on the field goal and punt units. ... MacIntyre said strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson had the Buffs "in really good shape" going into spring. ... CU will hold its second of 15 spring practices on Saturday. The Buffs will be in shorts and helmets, as they were on Friday.