Football camp 2013 under new Coach Mike MacIntyre comes to an end here today at the University of Colorado.
The Buffs will wrap up its first fall camp in the MacIntyre's era with a Mock Game Saturday morning before taking Sunday off and reporting back to the practice field Monday morning where they will turn their focus totally towards Colorado State and the Rocky Mountain Showdown which is less than eight days a way.
MacIntyre was very pleased with his team's efforts after Friday's workout.
"I thought today was our best, sharpest, crispiest day we have had all of fall camp," MacIntyre said. "No balls on the ground, we were running around, our special teams were doing everything they were suppose to be doing, it's about time we have one of these type of practices."
While next Sunday's Rocky Mountain Showdown will be MacIntyre's first taste of the arch rival game, he has watched from a distance and has memories of some of the past shootouts and hotly contested matches.
"I have had opportunities to watch this battle from a far and I have always thought they were great games," MacIntyre said. "There have been some intense battles over the years. I have always seen this rivalry as a healthy battle, that's not always the cases in some of these match-ups."
Now being the head coach of Colorado, MacIntyre is beginning to realize the importance of the game.
"It's one of these 365 day games," MacIntyre said laughing. "It's a game that their fans think and talk about everyday of the year. It's not a big game for us, it's a huge game for our team and our fans."
After taking Sunday off, the Buffs will return to the practice fields Monday morning to begin their final preparation for their season opener. Colorado will practice throughout the season in the mornings, he feels it's a good thing for his team and coaching staff.
"It helps you get up and going in the mornings," MacIntyre said. "The weather is usually good in the mornings. It allows our players to go to classes in the afternoons fully alert and it gives them some down time in the evenings for their minds and bodies to recuperate faster."