The Colorado football team had its seventh practice of the spring on Friday, and its first of three open practices.

Practicing outside at Franklin Field, the Buffs did a lot of position drills in the two-and-a-half hour session, but also some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work.

Some of the highlights included an interception by sophomore cornerback Ronnie Blackmon with the second-team defense; touchdown receptions from receivers Maurice Bell, Tony Brown and Laviska Shenault; and some good runs by Alex Fontenot, who showed some nice explosion at running back.

A few other notes from the practice:

-- Redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Miller has been mentioned this spring by players and coaches as one who has shown improvement, and he showed that on the field several times, matching up well some of the Buffs top receivers.

--Others who have been praised this spring and looked good at times Friday included: offensive linemen Dillon Middlemiss, Jake Moretti and Brett Tonz; tight end Chris Bounds; outside linebacker Dante Sparaco; and safety Nick Fisher.

--Tight end Darrion Jones, a JUCO transfer this spring, is impressive physically, but appears to have a lot of work to do to learn the offense.

--True freshman nose tackle Jalen Sami looks every bit of his listed size (6-6, 320) and could help the defense immediately.

--Receivers Jay MacIntyre and Kabion Ento were limited at practice, but Brown, a transfer from Texas Tech, took advantage with a nice day.

--Safety Evan Worthington did not participate in the practice, leaving the door open for redshirt freshman Isaiah Lewis to work with the first team defense.


The Buffs are already thin at safety, but even more so with Worthington out.

--For much of the practice, the first-team offensive line was: Aaron Haigler at left tackle, Tonz at left guard, Colby Pursell at center, Middlemiss at right guard and Josh Kaiser at right tackle. The second-team offensive line primarily included (left to right) Jack Shutack, Chance Lytle, Heston Paige, William Sherman and Hunter Vaughn. Justin Eggers also rotated in at center.

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