Liufau was not limited at all on Thursday morning, and while he admitted there were some first day mistakes made by himself and the offense overall, the senior gunslinger was happy with his performance.
“It went well. Being able to come back out here and go full speed and have no fear of hurting my foot was a good feeling,” Liufau said. “100 percent. I am ready to go. I am just happy to be back out here. It is a great feeling.”
Added Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre: “As far as [Sefo] moving on his foot, there wasn't one hiccup whatsoever.”
Often times during his first three years on campus, Liufau felt immense pressure as the leader of the Buffaloes' offense. It seemingly took a toll. But during spring practices, Liufau was often seen with a smile on his face. He took that positive mindset with him into the summer.
“To be able to step away from the game, heal up, not take as many real reps, take more mental reps, is definitely something that helped a lot for me,” he said. “I have been playing football for a long time and there is not really any time off. And so for the first time, I was able to take a step back and find a new love for the game. I think it helped me.”
While rehabbing his foot, Liufau altered his diet and lost 15 pounds. He now stands 6-foot-4, 227-pounds.
“I used to be pretty big, not in a good way,” he said. “I feel great.”
Liufau warned fans the offense is not going to look drastically different in 2016, following the arrival of co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini. But he did confirm they are trying to go at a faster tempo with the hope it will keep opposing defenses “off balance a little bit” this fall.
The owner of 75 school records, Liufau needs just 13 more yards to become the Buffaloes' all-time leading passer. He is also the first Colorado player in over 120 years to be a three-time team captain.
“It is the last one. The last one in my college career. You have to put everything into it,” Liufau said when asked how this year's camp feels different from previous preseasons. “I feel really connected with my teammates, more so than years before. We have a big senior class, [big] junior class. We've been here for so long, been through a lot, so we just feel closer as a group and I think it definitely showed through this first day of practice.”