Former Colorado players were told they weren’t ready for Prime Time. They moved on but won’t forget

Luke Eckardt poses on the Iowa Western Community College campus on Oct. 24 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Eckardt was excited about the prospect of playing football for Deion Sanders. He didn’t get a chance after being one of some 50 Colorado players cut after spring practice to make room for a flood of transfers. (AP Photo/Eric Olson)

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Luke Eckardt recalled the excitement of finding out that Deion Sanders would be his new head coach at Colorado.