Coach Deion Sanders has recruited so many new players to his new job at Colorado that he can’t be expected to know them all by name.
So he made a special request to the media Wednesday in his first news conference in Boulder since he was introduced as the Buffaloes’ new football coach Dec. 4.
“OK, kind of shy away from names,” Sanders told reporters before they started asking him questions. “I’m not familiar with everyone’s name. All the players’ names, I’m not. I’m not going to pretend I am. I will give them nicknames when it’s appropriate, and I will call them by their names. I’ve got names on the back of their shirts right now, but I’m not familiar with every kid … And I’m not being disrespectful. I’m just being honest.”
This is understandable considering the fact that he has attracted a class of 42 newcomers in just eight weeks on the job, including 23 transfers from other four-year colleges. Twenty-nine of them are already enrolled. And more could be coming soon after the NCAA transfer portal opens again in May.
Together they are the biggest class of newcomers in recorded school history and have earned a No. 21 national ranking, according to 247 Sports – a remarkable turn of events for a program that has had losing seasons in 15 of the past 17 years, including a 1-11 season in 2022.
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