Bobby Purify and Matt McChesney picked their roster for the black and gold teams, respectively. The two squads will face off in Saturday's spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m."> Bobby Purify and Matt McChesney picked their roster for the black and gold teams, respectively. The two squads will face off in Saturday's spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m.">

Buffs ready for Spring Game

Saturday marks the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. But Thursday, the Colorado football players were involved in a draft of their own. Spring Game captains <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=40007">Bobby Purify</a> and <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=139998">Matt McChesney</a> picked their roster for the black and gold teams, respectively. The two squads will face off in Saturday's spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m.

"(The draft) has created a lot of excitement, and it's really the kind of excitement we were looking for as coaches to finish (spring)," Cabral said. "There's a lot of competition already between the black team and the white team."

Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz had been involved with the format at Texas A&M, and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was familiar with it as well. Hankwitz served as the draft commissioner for the Black and Gold Draft.

One of the draft rules stated that when a captain picked a player, the other starter at the position automatically went to the other team. In the case of a position that only has one starter, the No. 2 player at the position automatically went to the other team.

McChesney had the first pick and took quarterback Joel Klatt, which meant No. 2 QB James Cox went to the black squad. With the second pick in the draft, Purify nabbed offensive guard Brian Daniels, which sent guard John Guydon to the gold squad.

The format is a change from the past two springs, when a complicated point system was used as the offense went against the defense. Cabral said the team will use the black vs. gold system at least through the first half Saturday. If injuries mount, they will switch jerseys at halftime and revert to the offense vs. defense system.

The only player who will be off limits for tackling is Klatt.

"There's some talk of the advantage, or maybe disadvantage of that," Cabral said.

Coaches were divided among the teams, as well. Cabral helms the gold squad while Watson is head coach of the black squad. However, playcalling will be left up to the assistants on both sides of the ball.

"Watson and I are basically spectators – kind of doing the head coach thing," Cabral said. (He joked that he wouldn't call any fake punts Saturday.)

"The game plan's going to be very simple on both sides of the ball," he said. " They've agreed to what they're going to run and what they're not going to run. What we're looking for is execution."

The losers of Saturday's game will serve the winners steak and shrimp on Wednesday, and then feast on beans and hot dogs themselves.

"It's like the payment for all the work we've done," linebacker Akarika Dawn said of Saturday's game. "We'll go out and have fun."

High hopes for good turnout
Though they are not saying anything officially, CU athletic department officials are hoping as many as 10,000 fans show up for Saturday's spring game festivities. That would a big increase from the past several years.

Cabral said that the Alumni C Club is hosting a number of alumni football players over the weekend, and he said the number of former Buffs returning is tremendous.

"There seems to be a response like never before," he said.

The alumni will eat breakfast with the team Saturday morning and former All-American Joe Romig will give a speech.

Father Dave leaving
One of the team chaplains, Father Dave Dwyer, has been reassigned to another church and will be leaving his duties with the Buffs. He will be honored by the team Saturday.

Who's out
Among the wounded who will not participate Saturday are Brian Calhoun (knee), Chris Hollis (foot), Stephone Robinson (hamstring), Daniel Jolly, Blake Mackey (foot) and Sam Wilder.

Recruits take in practice
At least two members of the 2004 recruiting class -- Josh Hunt and Charlie Sherman -- were on hand at Friday's light practice.


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