Deion Sanders launches spring practice with a vision 

By Vasantha

CU football is back in prime time under new head coach Deion Sanders, and there are new rules to follow.

It all became clear Sunday when the Buffaloes opened spring practice without numbers on their jerseys.

The blanks had a purpose. “The only way to get a number - and I love this - is to earn it,” Sanders said in a recent meeting.

Spring practices began with the most hype. The spring semester has already started for 29 of Sanders' new students after he was hired in early December.

In less than four months since the Buffs finished their last season with a 1-11 record, they got to work with a new staff led by Sanders.

ESPN will even televise CU's spring game April 22 - the only college football spring game ESPN will broadcast.

A black cowboy hat and cowboy boots were worn by Sanders, also known as Coach Prime and Prime Time.

His style and swagger contrast with that of his predecessor at Colorado, Karl Dorrell, whose soft-spoken approach failed and ended with his firing last year.

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