Aug. 16 Practice Notes

Inside, notes from Thursday afternoon's Colorado football practice.

• The tempo early on at CU's Thursday practice was sluggish for the first time this camp, head coach Dan Hawkins said. But the team picked up by the end.

The defense seemed to be getting the best of the offense late in the day until the units faced off in three practice-ending plays. Backed up to the 1 yard line, the first, second and third team offenses each had one shot against their first, second and third-team counterparts on the defense.

Leading the first team, quarterback Cody Hawkins scrambled to his right. When he couldn't find an open receiver, he tucked the ball and juked his way past two defenders. One of them, linebacker Jordon Dizon, was left twisting and grabbing air on the ground as Hawkins faked his way past, much to the delight of the offensive players watching.

Next, tailback Demetrius Sumler took the handoff from Nick Nelson and found a crease. He cutback and galloped untouched for 50 yards before Anthony Wright finally corralled him.

Finally, quarterback Matt Ballenger hit Cody Crawford, who leapt in the air and came down with the ball, for a nice 25 yard gain to end the day.

"I think the offense has kind of caught up with the defense the past few days," Dan Hawkins said afterward.

• Punter Matt DiLallo continues to display more confidence than he had last year. If the sophomore makes a bad punt, he's able to shake it off and make a better one the next attempt.

• Hawkins said the coaches will likely solidify who among the true freshmen will play this year and who will redshirt. Asked for names, Hawkins said receivers Kendrick Celestine, Markques Simas and Josh Smith, tailback Brian Lockridge, o-linemen Kai Maiava and Ryan Miller, "and maybe" Blake Behrens, d-linemen Eugene Goree, Conrad Obi and Lagrone Shields and defensive backs Anthony Perkins and Anthony Wright have the best chance to play this year.

• Sophomore Michael Sipili appeared in court Thursday for a case in which is alleged to have fought with a 22-year-old man in Boulder in June. The man required facial surgery after the incident.

According the Daily Camera, Sipili has been charged with a class 4 felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8. You can read about today's briefing at: Story Link

After Thursday afternoon's practice, in which Sipili participated, head coach Dan Hawkins was reluctant to talk about the case. Sipili has been indefinitely suspended from playing games by Hawkins, but has been practicing all along. Hawkins only said Sipili's status remains unchanged. It's believed the coach is waiting to see what happens in the legal system before making a final decision about Sipili's future with the team.

• Hawkins also said the team was still waiting on final grades from some players. Asked about Marcus Burton, in particular, the junior linebacker whose season may be in jeopardy due to academics, Hawkins

• Saturday's scrimmage at Folsom Stadium is "Fan Appreciation Day." It's set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hawkins said they want to get in from 90 to 115 plays. The first teams will probably get more plays than they did last scrimmage. Practices are closed to the public after this Saturday, except for Sundays during the season.

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