Nathaniel Hackett welcomes “Prime Time” to the state’s football scene – The Denver Post


Deion Sanders’ swagger-fest introduction as the University of Colorado’s new head football coach played out Sunday as the Broncos put together another stagger-fest of an offensive outing in Baltimore.

That didn’t stop first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett from welcoming the NFL Hall of Famer to the state Monday.

“I congratulate him, what a great opportunity,” Hackett said. “What he did at Jackson State was unbelievable and it shows how good of a coach he is. Very excited for him and the state of Colorado to have him here.

“I met him one time as a kid, he probably wouldn’t remember that, but it’s Prime Time. He’s one of the best to ever play this game and it’s great to have him here.”

Sutton update. On the injury front, Hackett said his top wide receiver, Courtland Sutton, is “day to day” with a hamstring injury. Sutton came up grabbing at his hamstring late in the second quarter Sunday in Denver’s 10-9 loss to the Ravens and did not return.

IR returns? The head coach also said Denver is evaluating whether outside linebacker Randy Gregory (knee) or center Lloyd Cushenberry (groin) will be designated to return to practice this week from injured reserve.

“Both those guys we’re going to evaluate,” Hackett said. “We talk about that (Monday and Tuesday) and we’ll meet with the medical team.”

Cushenberry said last week he feels good as he hits the four-week mark. He’s been running hard on the side field in practice.


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