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The Boulder experience: Restoring the fight

When it comes down to the scenery, it's tough to beat the landscape and skyline of Boulder, Colorado.

As far as the program goes, while they've fallen on hard times recently, the Colorado program is one of the top 25 programs in the country in wins and they have also produced 26 conference titles.

Mike MacIntyre inherits a program that will require some initial rebuilding to fit his staff's style, but should be primed to do big things based on their tradition.

The video below highlights the Boulder experience, both in the Boulder community and the football program. At about the 6 minute mark, one former player explains what he learned while playing for the Buffs, and it all comes down to the word "fight".

"What I learned here on campus, what I learned here on that football field, on Folsom field and on that practice field stuck with me my entire life. Hard work. Discipline. Brotherhood. Sacrifice yourself for the team. Working to achieve something that I could never do by myself."

"When it comes down to you, as a player...How you can directly influence your teams success? How can you make sure that your team comes out on top?"

"I think 'fight' is a word that encompasses all of that. From the opening whistle to the last whistle, you're always fighting. You're not conceding a play, you're not conceding a yard, you're not allowing things to happen."

"You're imposing your will. You're not fighting back. The word is fight."

The Boulder Experience from @CU_Video on Vimeo.

 

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.