Practice Report: August 18

Lightning and heavy rain forced the Colorado football team off the practice fields Wednesday. The team made the most of the situation, moving inside the Balch Fieldhouse and used the time to brush up on individual assignments.

Colorado had scheduled practice from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A heavy rain began to fall in the university area of Boulder at 2:30. The team tried to make it work on the practice fields, and got through punting drills before deciding to move inside.

"It was OK," head coach Gary Barnett said. "We got something out of it. In some ways, it was what we needed."

The team practiced the rest of the session, roughly two more hours, at half-speed in shorts, no pads or helmets. They ran through numerous plays and sets, and focused on individual assignments.

One plus of moving inside and going half-speed was that several players who would have missed practice due to injuries, got to participate. Several other players, however, missed practice as they registered for classes.

Barnett said afterwards that true freshman Reggie Joseph will get a look at punt returner, along with Stephone Robinson and Matt Duren.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Bloom changed his mind and has decided to go ahead with a final appeal to the NCAA to grant him eligibility to play football this fall.

"I owe it to my teammates, my coaches, and myself to fight this until the end," Bloom said in a statement. He is currently in Chile skiing with the U.S. Ski Team.

Paperwork in the appeal was filed Wednesday afternoon. CU compliance official Lindsey Babcock indicated Wednesday that the NCAA would convene an independent committee next week to review the appeal.

Bloom can enroll at CU up to two weeks after the start of the fall semester (Aug. 23), and still play football if he is granted eligibility.

Bloom's father said Tuesday, after the NCAA refused an earlier appeal, that he held out no hope the NCAA would change its mind on the matter.

CU plans its final two-a-day workout of the preseason Thursday. Its first scrimmage of August camp is set for Saturday.

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