Best Colorado Offensive Player
QB Steven Montez, Jr.
A career 60% passes with 27 touchdown passes, 13 picks, and 569 rushing yards and four scores in his two years, he’s a productive player with the experience to start doing even more. The 6-5, 225-pounder has size, arm, and running skills. He’s a fiery type who can go on big streaks of greatness, and then … pfffffft. The air goes out of the balloon. However, the talent and tools are there to – yes – grow into the Pac-12’s best quarterback this season.
2. OG Tim Lynott, Jr.
3. WR Juwann Winfree, Sr.
4. PK James Stefanou, Soph.
5. RB Beau Bisharat, Jr.
Best Colorado Defensive Player
LB Drew Lewis, Sr.
Go ahead and flip a coin on Lewis or Worthington – or Gamboa – as the team’s best defensive player. All three need to shine for a thin D that needs the stars to rise up.
The 6-2, 230-pound Lewis is a tough guy on the inside, leading the Buffs with 119 tackles with two sacks. Great in the open field and with the range to do more behind the line, get ready for him to grow into even more of a statistical superstar.
2. S Evan Worthington, Sr.
3. LB Rick Gamboa, Sr.
4. P Alex Kinney, Sr.
5. CB Dante Wigley, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DE Chris Mulumba, Sr.
… and/or Terriek Roberts, and/or Jase Franke, and/or anyone on the defensive front who can generate any sort of pressure.
Steven Montez is the key to the season – if he goes down or isn’t great, thanks for playing – but the defense needs to pull its weight like it did in 2016. That starts with generating more of a pass rush. The 6-4, 275-pound Mulumba – a native of Finland and JUCO transfer – is still trying to figure it all out, but he can move, he’s got the size, and he’ll get his chances.
Key Game To The Colorado Season
UCLA, Sept. 28
The Buffs and Bruins have somehow played two straight low scoring games after getting involved in a few fun shootouts in previous seasons. But no mater what the score, UCLA has been a problem – Colorado has gone 1-6 in the series since joining the Pac-12.
Lose at home, and with back-to-back road games at USC and Washington coming after the Arizona State game, a 1-3 Pac-12 start is more than likely.
2017 Colorado Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Points Allowed: 59. 2nd Quarter Points Allowed: 112
– Sacks: Opponents 39 for 250 yards – Colorado 19 for 115 yards
– Average Yards Per Carry: Opponents 5.23 – Colorado 3.78