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Coloravì head coach Karl Dorrell during practice on Oct. 30, 20đôi mươi.

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It’s been 16 months since the general public had a chance khổng lồ watch the Colorado football team in person at Folsom Field.

The wait could be over next month, however.

Earlier this week, in an address khổng lồ donors và season ticket holders, CU athletic director Richồng George said the April 30 spring football game could be played in front of fans.

“I’m planning to have fans in Folsom và the CU Events Center, starting with the spring football game,” he said.

Head football coach Karl Dorrell told BuffZone that there has been discussion of having fans in attendance for the spring game.

“I think there’s a likelihood, yes, that could happen,” he said. “At least that’s what administration is telling me right now, which is a good thing. We’re hopeful that will be the case.”

The last time the general public saw the Buffs play at Folsom Field was on Nov. 23, 2019, a 20-14 win against Washington. In 20đôi mươi, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of spring practices, and prevented fans from attending home page games. CU did have sầu 554 family members at the Nov. 7 season opener against UCLA, but no fans at the other two home games.

George also told donors & season ticket holders that he’s hopeful they will be in the stadium next season.

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“I’m also planning on a full stadium this fall, but, again that’s my optimistic side,” he said. “We’ll also plan for a 50, 70 & 90 percent capathành phố in our budgeting as we move forward, và a lot of it has khổng lồ vì chưng with our state & county guidelines that we have.”

The hope is that guidelines will allow for fans khổng lồ be at the spring game, although it won’t be a traditional “blaông xã vs. gold” scrimmage, Dorrell said.

“We had a lot of postseason surgeries; a lot of guys that won’t be able lớn participate in spring,” he said. “We’re lacking a lot of players. I think we’re going khổng lồ, at the spring game, create some competitive sầu scrimmage situations, but it’ll be situationally based instead of just rolling the ball out there & splitting the team up on both sidelines and being able to lớn just kind of run a full game. I don’t think we’ll be able to lớn vị that và I think most of the coaches in the conference felt the same way.”

Most notably, quarterback Sam Noyer, who started all six games in 2020, is still recovering from shoulder surgery và All-Pac-12 linebacker Nate Landman is recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.

Dorrell said Noyer is doing great và, while not throwing, is participating in offseason strength & conditioning.

Landman is ahead of schedule & continues to try to lớn persuade Dorrell to let hyên participate in spring in some capađô thị. Dorrell doesn’t let that conversation get too far.

“I said, ‘No, don’t even tell me that,’” Dorrell said. “‘You’re not doing anything. You’ve got to stay on your protocol và vì chưng what you’re going khổng lồ vày và get yourself ready for the summer.’”

Offensive sầu lineman Chance Lytle, who injured his leg against Arizomãng cầu on Dec. 5, is still in a walking boot và won’t participate in spring. Dorrell also said that defensive lineman Terrance Lang, Star/safety Chris Miller và outside linebacker Guy Thomas have sầu had shoulder surgeries & won’t participate. Offensive sầu lineman Austin Johnson, who missed the 20trăng tròn season with an Achilles’ tear, will also be out after recently having a bone spur removed from his other heel.

Despite having several players recovering from injuries, Dorrell said he is pleased with the progress of the Buffs in their first month with new director of strength & conditioning Shannon Turley.

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“It’s going really well,” Dorrell said. “I think Shannon’s very comfortable. He’s a month in & he’s very comfortable where everything is right now and our players are getting better every week. They’re understanding the new process of how we train, what we’re teaching; those certain aspects of things.

“They’re getting a better feel of who he is và his personality, the things that are important that we’re trying khổng lồ căng thẳng. That’s a little bit of a learning curve & I think their learning curve sầu is getting even bigger and wider now because they have sầu a better understanding a month inlớn it.”