BOULDER — Student athletes at Colorado and every other Pac-12 school can begin voluntary workouts on Monday, per a ruling by Pac-12 presidents and chancellors from earlier this month.
CU has taken precautions, prior to these workouts beginning, to ensure they follow the strict federal, state and local public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, as well as recommendations set forth by Pac-12 Conference.
“Our number one priority has been and will remain the health and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said Colorado Buffaloes Athletic Director Rick George. “We are taking every precaution we can to ensure a safe return to our facilities to protect not only our athletics community, but also the campus and local Boulder communities.”
Players who were looking to participate in workouts needed to take a COVID-19 test and a physical exam.
In addition, any player who was from out of state needed to quarantine for seven days prior to any workouts.
Workouts will also remain small and staggered, with cleaning of the space and equipment after each use.
For Buffs head football coach Karl Dorrell, this will be the first time he can work with his players in person and says the majority of his team is already in Boulder.
Even though Dorrell and his his staff are new to the CU players and program, he doesn't believe his team is behind the eight ball.
"Since we did miss spring practice and I am new and the season is almost here, there is a sense of urgency that our players have kind of embraced," explained Dorrell. "We have said lets get going. Lets get ourselves ready to go because we do see the season is right around the corner and we need to make up for lost time."
Dorrell does admit, he will be excited to be out of the Zoom meetings and back on the football field.