LAS VEGAS – In May, there was an unconfirmed report that Colorado safety Shilo Sanders would be out for at least six months after undergoing shoulder surgery.

On Wednesday, Sanders laughed it off and said he was ready to go.

“Yeah, I feel good,” he told BuffZone during Big 12 media day at Allegiant Stadium. “I'm not missing anything. I don't know who wrote that.”

Sanders is preparing for his final season and said he will be ready when the Buffs begin preseason workouts later this month.

In fact, he believes he is a better player than he was last year, when he had 67 tackles, four forced fumbles and an interception that he returned 80 yards for a touchdown.

“Believe it or not, I think snowboarding actually made me faster,” he said of one of his favorite pastimes. “I came back in the spring, did conditioning, got first and stuff, and I was like, 'Damn!'”

His brother, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, laughed when Shilo said snowboarding made a difference, but Shilo said, “I feel like you balance on your toes and that gets your calves in shape. I don't know what it was.”

There has also been progress mentally, he said, as he has learned a lot from new defensive coordinator/safety coach Robert Livingston.

“He's a pro coach who just came from the Bengals,” Shilo said. “If you want to get into the league, you want to be coached by NFL coaches. That's what we have in house. To have a guy who knows what it takes, who's been around safeties who make a lot of money and made my dreams come true. It's just great to have him take me to the next level.”

Not so easy start

CU opens the season on August 29 against North Dakota State at the FCS level. However, NDSU is not like other FCS teams. The Bison have been a national power for years and have a history of beating FBS teams.

Buffs head coach Deion Sanders knows it won't be an easy win.

“They're good. They're really damn good,” he said, then joked, “And I'm mad at (athletic director Rick George) right now because he put them in the game plan to start with them. Like, can you give me a layup or something?”

NDSU, last year's national semifinalist in the FCS, will certainly come to Boulder well prepared.

“These guys play their asses off,” Coach Prime said. “They play hard. They don't make many mistakes. They're used to winning. They don't care if they're playing at home or away. It doesn't bother them at all.”

Sold out

CU announced Wednesday that its Oct. 26 game against Cincinnati at Folsom Field is sold out. The game comes on family weekend, which is often well attended.

Season tickets are sold out, but single tickets are still available for the other five home games.

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