Mike MacIntyre welcomed approximately 40 former CU football players to practice Friday afternoon and allowed some of them to address the team.

The former Buffs were able to walk the sidelines inside the ropes and interact with coaches and players at times while getting an up-close look at how the team is progressing for its season opener Sept. 1 in Denver against Colorado State.

"I'm glad to be here," said Blake Anderson, a wide receiver with the Buffs in the 1990s and the famous middleman in the Miracle in Michigan touchdown pass from Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook. "We had a good showing and I liked the intensity. I'm excited about what coach Mac and the team can do."

Anderson lives in Boulder and has tried to keep a connection to the program through the Alumni C Club and other alumni groups. Former coach Jon Embree, being a former Buff himself, always welcomed past players to practices. Anderson said he believes MacIntyre will continue that policy.

"I think it's important and I think he realizes that from today and my previous meetings with him," Anderson said. "He understands that the alumni are important and that we all bleed black and gold and love our program no matter who is there. We're just here to support them and make sure the current players have a great time."

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