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Shedeur Sanders shines, new transfers surge in Colorado spring game

The rain and cold couldn’t dampen Deion Sanders’ attitude.

The cowboy-hatted coach of the Colorado Buffaloes was in good spirits during the spring game saturday at Folsom Field.

Before the game, he awarded a scholarship to a hard-working running back. Before kick-off, he promised a game of pétanque to a 99-year-old superfan in the stands. And before he retreated out of the rain, he saw new additions to the transfer portal step up and saw a receiver-turned-cornerback-turned-tailback shine.

To top it off, his son QB, Shedeur, looked sharp in front of a respectable crowd considering the weather.

“We already know what we had,” Deion Sanders said. “But it was a good display of talent, I think.”

To come back Charlie Offerdahl had a day he won’t soon forget, even if he didn’t play a wink due to an intestinal illness. In the locker room before the game, Sanders gathered the team, along with Offerdahl’s family, and presented the junior with a scholarship.

The team burst into applause.

“Amazing,” Offerdahl said of the moment. “It’s a blessing.”

This set the tone for the day.

Just before the game began, Sanders grabbed a microphone and saluted Peggy Coppom, the longtime Buffaloes fan who last spring took the kickoff — with Sanders’ help — to start the game . This time, Coppom, who turns 100 in November, was in the stands and Sanders looked in his direction to say, “We’re going to take you to a game of bocce ball, baby.”

Sanders is trying to lead the Buffaloes to their first full-season winning record since 2016 (they were 4-2 in 2020).

Its squad, however, has a lot in common with the new scoreboard at the south end of the stadium – under construction.

Colorado has picked up 31 players through the transfer portal, according to 247Sports. The team also saw 36 players leave the program.

“I feel like we took all the negative energy out of the building,” Shedeur Sanders said. “So now it’s just a positive vibe.”

The running back room was hit hard by the decision of projected starter Dylan Edwards entering the transfer portal. This led to the Buffaloes moving Isaiah Hardge to running back for the spring game.

Hardge scored on a 40-yard TD run.

“He came in and did his thing,” Shedeur Sanders said.

Sanders is coming off a campaign in which he threw for 3,230 yards, the most in a season in program history. He was also sacked 52 times and missed the final game with a broken back.

This led his father to retool the offensive line to provide better protection. The line now includes freshman left tackle Jordan Seaton, who allowed an early sack but was rock solid afterward.

“Overall it was a good performance,” Shedeur Sanders said.

The Buffaloes already have several 2025 commitments and may have gained a few more this weekend. Deion Sanders said his plan is not to join his sons, Shilo and Shedeur, at the next level after this season.

“I’m not my kids. I’m paving roads for my kids,” Sanders said. “I create generational wealth for my children. I lead my children. I don’t follow them. So I have no plans to follow my children into the NFL.”

Last season, Colorado set its spring game attendance record with 47,277 announced fans.

On Saturday, the announced attendance was 28,424 people but participation appeared lower given the weather conditions. This match was part of a big day in Boulder, with rapper Lil Wayne hosting a concert later in the evening at the CU Events Center.

Sanders was all over the field, monitoring every aspect of his team. During pregame warmups, he took a few snaps as a starter on field goal attempts.

Its offense was clicking despite slippery conditions, with Travis Hunter, outstanding in both directions, catching several passes. LaJohntay Wester, who arrived from Florida Atlantic, also quickly found chemistry with Shedeur Sanders, as the tandem connected on a 19-yard TD catch.

“We have a ton of receivers with four more on the way and I look forward to seeing them work together this summer,” Deion Sanders said. “I can’t wait until they’re under the same roof. … Shedeur is going to be the happiest young man in the building.”

Associated Press reporting.

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