Why is Deion Sanders losing so many players to Colorado this week?

After being hired by Colorado in early December, Deion Sanders offered many cautions on his roster approach.

The Buffaloes' new head football coach warned the players he had inherited that "we're going to try to make you quit,"

"we're gonna move on" from some players, and that he wanted them to "get ready to go ahead and jump" in the transfer portal to depart.

After his first spring game in Boulder on Saturday, the danger became more real:

The next days were Sunday and Monday, and as of Monday afternoon, at least 18 Colorado players had declared their intention to leave the team.

There were some individual surprises, so it's unclear how many people Sanders and his team encouraged to leave and how many people left on their own.

The transfer portal, which is still accessible until April 30, was being used by receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig, who had a strong spring game on Saturday.

Sanders said on Saturday after the end of the spring practice season, "You all know we're gonna move on from some of the team members, and we gonna reload."

"This process will move quickly because we need to find some youngsters who we genuinely identify with. We're going to finish it quickly, though.