Notes: Falo grateful to be back

N.J. Falo will be suspended for the Buffaloes' first three games this season, for his involvement in an off-the-field incident in April, but that has not tempered his enthusiasm early on during preseason camp. He has been a full participant in practice.

It is a blessing to be out here,” he expressed. “It honestly means the world to me to be back with the team. I am glad I was given a second chance, and I promise you I am not going to let it slip out of my hands.”

Falo and running back Dino Gordon both recently took a plea deal in a theft case, and both were given a two-year deferred sentence. If they can go the next two years without any new criminal charges, the guilty pleas will be withdrawn.

I always knew I was going to do whatever they asked of me in order to get back out here,” Falo said.

One of the Buffaloes' top three rated signees in 2015, Falo saw action in eight games as a true freshman. He was also a starter on three of Colorado's special teams units.

Due to injuries, Falo was forced to play some inside linebacker his first year with the Buffs, but he moved back to outside linebacker in the spring and he is currently listed as Jimmie Gilbert's back-up.

Outside 'backer is definitely more natural for me,” Falo said. “I will say, though, playing inside did help me learn the defense a lot more; it helped me a lot with just getting the scheme of the defense down. I think that will help me going forward.”

Prior to getting in trouble, Falo was selected by the coaches for being the most improved linebacker during spring drills.

I definitely gained some confidence after playing some last season,” Falo said. “[Head] coach [Mike] Mac[Intyre] is always talking about needing to play with confidence so that you can play faster. I feel like that is where I've made the biggest improvement in since I got here. I was thinking too much at first. Now, I can just go and make plays.”

Additional Saturday notes:

*** Boulder had been experiencing above average temperatures this summer, but clouds and cool temperatures have made for pleasant conditions early on during camp. MacIntyre joked it has been too pleasant.

The weather is too cool,” he said with a laugh. “But it was a great day. They flew around. I thought the guys had a good [first] practice in [shoulder] pads. … I saw energy throughout the whole thing and I saw guys getting after it and competing and taking care of each other. They were competing fiercely but they need to take care of each other, which is a sign of an older team. So that was good.”

*** After practicing at defensive back on Friday, junior Bryce Bobo and freshman Tony Julmisse both moved back to offense and worked exclusively at receiver on Saturday. MacIntyre said they will likely continue to experiment with Bobo on both sides of the ball for “a couple more days.”

He is the one that approached me about [playing defense],” MacIntyre added. “He had played [safety] before [in high school] and we talked about it a little bit last year when we had a bunch of safeties hurt. But we didn't get another guy hurt. … He looks natural at both spots. He is just a big natural athlete. We'll just see where he can help the team the best.”

*** The Buffs again spent a good portion of practice on Saturday working on red zone.

Every team does that, but we are putting extra emphasis on it,” MacIntyre said. “The year before we did well in the red zone and last year we didn't do as well. We need to make sure we have guys prepared, understanding defensively and offensively how you play in the red zone.”

*** Senior safety Tedric Thompson and Juwann Winfree, a Junior College transfer at receiver, both drew praise from MacIntyre for their performance during Saturday's practice.

*** The Buffaloes will take Sunday off before getting back to work on Monday morning.

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