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Sanders puts Colorado players in blank jerseys until they earn number

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Colorado head coach Deion Sanders kicked off spring practice Sunday by having the entire team take the field in blank jerseys.

Sanders, who left Jackson State in December to join Colorado, explained during a team meeting that each player will need to earn their desired number.

"Everything you do around here will be earned," Sanders said. "We ain't giving you nothing."

Sanders further explained the decision while speaking to reporters.

"You gotta earn stuff, ain't nobody giving you nothing," he said. "We got kids, they played a snap, and you want to be (No. 1)? You know what No. 1 meant back in the day for us? That you were that one."

The Buffaloes' first spring football game under "Coach Prime" takes place April 22 and will be televised live on ESPN. It's slated to be the highest-attended spring game in Colorado history.

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