The Colorado football team held a scrimmage Friday night, and coach Mike MacIntyre was pleased with what he saw.
The workout occurred at the two-week mark before the Buffaloes open the 2018 season against Colorado State in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown, and while the game-planning for the Rams remains a week away, the pressure to up the ante performance-wise increases a little more every day.
"After looking at the scrimmage last night and all we did, I thought it went well," MacIntyre said. "I thought in all the phases we got a lot accomplished in the scrimmage, which is good. Then (Saturday) we had a good practice. We were going over a lot of different special teams situations, and then a lot of moving the field offensively and defensively in all the different situations that come up in a game. I thought it was a good day for that."
MacIntyre identified several youngsters as standout performers at the scrimmage, including freshman defensive end Israel Antwine and freshman defensive back Hasaan Hypolite.
"Some of the younger guys still did real well," MacIntyre said. "(Antwine) still played real well. Hasaan Hypolite played real well. Those are some of the guys that pop off. Other guys on offense did a good job with young guys playing there, too. I was excited about that. Nobody took a step back."
On Friday night MacIntyre also bestowed three open scholarships upon three walk-ons in kicker Davis Price, safety Daniel Talley, and tight end Brady Russell. MacIntyre said such moments remain one of the perks of his job.
"It's one of the most enjoyable things I do by far," MacIntyre said. "Young men that have worked very hard, sacrificed a lot. All three of those guys have contributed a tremendous amount on the field and off the field.
"One of the parents was there last night and came up and thanked me. Their young men have earned it. They've done a great job of raising them and they're great players for us."
The next few days will be move-in day on campus for the general student body, with the start of classes a week away. In the past these elements of change often provided a distraction to the newcomers to the football team, yet given most of the rookies have been on campus almost two months, the transition period is less problematic than in years past.
"Our guys have already moved in, so they're kind of settled," MacIntyre said. "Now everybody else comes on campus, which I think riles everybody up. They get excited people coming around and adds a little more energy. Since we bring the freshmen in early in June and they get accustomed to being on campus and eating at the cafeteria and they've been away from home now six or eight weeks, it's not as much (a problem)."