Colorado has multiple NFL receivers, says former interim coach Mike Sanford
Colorado is 2-0 to open the Deion Sanders era. And after a 36-14 drubbing of Nebraska, there might not be a hotter team in college football.
The passing game has powered the start, with quarterback Shedeur Sanders immediately inserting himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation. Against Nebraska, Sanders threw for 393 yards and two touchdowns.
Not to be lost in the buzz is the play of Colorado’s receiving corps. Mike Sanford, CU’s offensive coordinator and then its interim head coach last season, was at the game on Saturday and came away incredibly impressed with CU’s receivers.
According to Sanford, the Buffs have three or four NFL talents at receiver. He also said freshman tailback Donovan Edwards is the next Darren Sproles.
Takeaways from my first in-person CU game of the new era:
1) CU can win pretty (TCU win) & gritty (NU win). Ppl thought NU was going to punch them in the mouth…nope.
2) CU defense effectively used pressure to disrupt NU’s run game. It worked.
3) Shadeur is NFL-ready (elite…
— Mike Sanford (@Coach_Sanford2) September 10, 2023
Sproles, the 5-foot-6 slotback who supercharged the San Diego offense in the mid-2000s, is quite the comp for Edwards.
Edwards has been impressive in his first collegiate appearances, though. The 5-foot-9 freshman from Kansas has 143 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the air, as well as 79 yards and a touchdown on the ground through his first two games.
Out wide, Colorado is being led by former USF wideout Xavier Weaver. The 6-foot-1 senior has 16 catches for 288 yards and a touchdown through two games. He leads all Pac-12 players in receiving yards thus far. Weaver caught 10 balls for 170 yards against Nebraska and was one of four CU players with 100 receiving yards in the opener.
Jimmy Horn Jr. caught 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in the opener against TCU. He had 64 yards on eight catches against Nebraska, including a 17-yard catch on third-and-16 in the fourth quarter.
Then there’s Travis Hunter. The do-everything talent was explosive in his debut against TCU. The Nebraska game was a bit more muted, but Hunter still finished with 73 yards on three receptions.
Tar’Varish Dawson also emerged against NU after being limited to just three catches and 9 yards in the opener. He brought in three balls for 41 yards and a touchdown.