The Colorado Buffaloes are facing a ton of doubters heading into the first season of Coach Prime’s reign. But one thing that can never be denied is the connections the Pro Football Hall of Famer holds. Former Super Bowl winning Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich pulled up to Buffalo training camp, visiting the facilities and introducing himself to the football team.
Leftwich met Travis Hunter and Shedeur Sanders. He had lunch with Shedeur and Uncle Neely, who were all ears on what the experienced NFL quarterback and coach had to say. “It was amazing to hear an NFL quarterback and Offensive Coordinator who coached Tom Brady discuss plays with Shedeur — and to witness Sheduer’s grasp of it all… Leftwich was impressed as well,” Neely says.
Leftwich wasn’t the only celebrity appearance though. Legendary Buffalo Daniel Graham, who played Tight End during his time in Colorado and in the NFL, was also at training camp scoping out the progression of the team. In his interview with Uncle Neely, he stated, “I’m liking what I’m seeing — things are definitely different from the spring game… I’ve been looking at the tight ends — some guys have some work to do but I’m confident by the time the season starts we’ll be ready to go.”
Coach Prime is bringing an all-new aura to Colorado Football, and Graham is here for all of it. He stated, “This means everything. It’s been a long time since we’ve been relevant. So for Coach Prime to come out here, put us back on the map, as an alumnus speaking for the rest — we’re all excited.”
Even with the hard-hitting names present, there was still work to be done. Training was still in session. The defense has been working to build a stronger mesh with each other since camp began, and this practice felt the best it’s ever been. Shane Cokes, who has become the lead voice for the defensive side of the ball, spoke with Uncle Neely after the day ended.
“We’ve come a long way. We’re getting better with assignments, striking, technique… we had a good practice today,” Cokes says.
Coach Prime called on the Dartmouth transfer to speak to the team after practice, and he made sure he kept it real with his guys. “It felt good. Just had to tell the team the truth. We’ve got pads on now. Football starts for real today.”
Uncle Neely also spoke with linebacker Lavonta Bentley. “It felt great today. We played fast, physical, and brought contact. Towards the running backs, linemen, anybody. It felt great out there.”