Preview 2018: Colorado Buffaloes

Preview 2018: Colorado Buffaloes

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Preview 2018: Colorado Buffaloes

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What You Need To Know About The Colorado Offense

– It’s all about QB Steven Montez. He’s always had the talent, and he’s always had the moxie, and he’s got the NFL tools, but can he be steady enough to rise and be the quarterback the team needs?

The 6-5, 225-pounder can move – running for 338 yards and three scores with a touchdown catch – and he threw for close to 3,000 yards and 18 scores with nine picks. But he was painfully inconsistent, and that can’t happen for the Buffs to come up with a decent season.

– It’ll take a bit to find the right running backs. Phillip Lindsay was a wonderful all-around back for the Buffs, and Montez was the team’s second-leading rusher.

Three of the top four running backs are done, meaning 6-2, 220-pound Beau Bisharat has to go from being a strong special teamer to key figure for the ground game after running for just 61 yards. But it’ll take a village to replace Lindsay – expect a rotation.

– Watch out for a quicker tempo and faster offense. The offensive line might need some work, and the receiving corps has to be a whole lot better with a QB like Montez to work with.

Co-offensive coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Clayton Adams have to up the pace. The Buffs don’t have to be gimmicky, and they won’t go at warp speed, but they do need to control games with a higher-octane attack.

Biggest Key To The Colorado Offense

Pass protection, pass protection, pass protection. The Colorado offensive front was okay for the ground game, but nothing special. It helped to have a back like Lindsay to make things happen, but it was a struggle. Keeping Montez upright and allowing him to work – and Montez making quicker decisions – is a must after giving up a whopping 39 sacks. Here’s where the faster-paced offense kicks in.

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