Colorado’s new football coach, Deion Sanders, made at least one thing very clear to his players before spring football practice: They’ll have to earn everything, down to the numbers on their jerseys.

Well Off Media posted a video Sunday of Sanders addressing his team and laying out the ground rules, from jersey numbers to academics. He explained his rules for wearing a single digit on the back of his jersey and that it would be up to him who wears number 1.

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September 4, 2022; Miami, Florida, United States; Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders receives the Orange Blossom Classic trophy after beating the Florida A&M Rattlers at Hard Rock Stadium. (Rich Story-USA TODAY Sports)

«If you want a number, you have to earn it. The reason we’re here is because we asked you for the numbers you want and many of you wanted numbers that aren’t you. What I mean by that, a lineman doesn’t carry a single finger. That’s not going to happen under me. And if you’re not that guy, you don’t have a single finger.

«Back when we went up, that guy was in the single digits. It was him. It was who he was. How can you ask for number 1 if it’s not you?»

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Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders looks on before the game against the Southern University Jaguars in the SWAC Championship at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on December 3, 2022 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders looks on before the game against the Southern University Jaguars in the SWAC Championship at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on December 3, 2022 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Sanders said there are only eight single digits available to the team. Number 2 was gone and he delivers number 1.

«You’re not wearing zero. That would never happen because that means you’re nothing,» Sanders said. «I don’t understand who wants a zero. I don’t understand why you want to be nothing. I don’t understand that.»

Sanders said that if there was more than one person who wanted a number, they would have to compete for it.

«Everything you do here you will earn it. We will not give you anything,» Sanders said. «So you have to go find it and you have to take it.»

December 4, 2022;  Boulder, CO, USA;  Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders speaks during a news conference at the Arrow Touchdown Club.

December 4, 2022; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders speaks during a news conference at the Arrow Touchdown Club. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Buffaloes open their season on September 2 against TCU.

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