April 2 Practice Report

Inside, notes from Monday's practice, the first one following spring break.

• Colorado was in full gear on Monday and went through several brief 11-on-11 series during the two-hour plus practice.

• Offensive lineman Erick Faatagi tweaked his knee and did not finish Monday's practice. It's up in the air whether or not he'll be back at full strength this spring. After being held out of full contact prior to spring break – still recovering from knee surgery in August — it was thought Faatagi would be able to practice at full strength the final eight practices.

Daniel Sanders, however, was practicing Monday, his first in a while. Also on the line, Devin Head was getting some reps at both guard and tackle. Keenan Stevens continues to take most of the snaps at center.

Bernard Jackson made a couple of nice catches during live 11-on-11 situations. One was an over the shoulder grab from a Cody Hawkins floater after Jackson had beat a DB that drew the praise of his teammates and some coaches. (It's clear Jackson is one of the most popular players on the team).

Dan Hawkins reiterated after practice that Jackson will have multiple roles on the team this fall, and they could change from week to week. Jackson, however, is still meeting with the quarterbacks. He took

• Everyone made it back from their spring breaks. Hawkins texted much of the team, beginning last Friday. He said the first practice following spring break can typically be rough, but he was pleased with the tempo and effort of Monday's practice.

• Dan Hawkins and his family, including quarterback Cody, spent a portion of spring break in The Sunshine State visiting the Florida Gators football program. Hawkins and UF head coach Urban Meyer became friends during Meyer's early years at Utah. The Hawkinses – Dan and Cody – got to attend practices and sit in on some meetings.

"It's good just to get out and compare notes and see how other people do things," Dan Hawkins said. "It makes you think about, not so much about what they do but about what you do and why.

"(Florida does) a nice job. They really do."

• It's no secret that CU athletic director Mike Bohn met with Air Force basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik today to talk about the CU basketball coach job. Hawkins spoke with Bzdelik for a couple minutes when Bzdelik was at the Dal Ward Center.

Asked if he tried to recruit Bzdelik during their brief (three minute, according to Hawkins) conversation, Hawkins said: "It's always like with players – everybody's like ‘What's your sales pitch?" And that's not really it. It's more, ‘Here's what we're about and does that fit you.' It's not ‘You need to come.'"

• The Buffs will practice three more times this week, then three times next week before the April 14 spring game.

• Senior linebacker Jordon Dizon was named to the 2007 Lott Trophy Watch List Monday, the first of what's sure to be a number of preseason awards for Dizon.

The Lott Award, named after Ronnie Lott, is awarded to college football's defensive impact player of the year, and recognizes play on the field and character. Forty two players are on the watch list.

"He's a fourth-year starter and I'm expecting this to be his best season yet," said linebackers coach Brian Cabral.

Dizon led CU with 137 tackles in 2006, and with another season like that he could move into the top four all-time on the CU tackles list.

Asked where Dizon ranks among CU's great all-time linebackers like Barry Remington, Matt Russell, Greg Biekert, Kanavis McGhee and Alfred Williams, Cabral said: "Not many of those guys started for four years, so he's up there."

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