14. PAUL RICHARDSON, Colorado (6-0, 172, 4.39, 3-4) – Described by two scouts as "pure speed." Fourth-year junior from Los Angeles. "He's a lightweight guy so he can really get in and out of his (breaks)," said one scout. "He's not going to play the power game. He's not going to pull through tackles. If a (cornerback) gets his hands on him they're going to reroute him pretty easy. But if you want a guy who can separate on the outside from man cover that's what he can do. He can threaten deep. Great feet. Very quick." Finished with 156 receptions for bad Buffaloes teams, gaining 2,412 yards (15.5) and scoring 21 TDs. His father, Paul, was a WR obtained by Packers GM Ron Wolf from the Raiders in June 1992 for past considerations. He didn't last long in Green Bay. "Little bit of a forgotten guy," another scout said. "The only thing he lacks really is bulk."
2. More skilled than you think: While the big story entering spring drills on offense was the challenge of replacing receiver Paul Richardson, the feeling at the end is the skill is more than adequate both at receiver and running back. At receiver, Nelson Spruce and D.D. Goodson are the veterans, and redshirt freshman Bryce Bobo was a big riser this spring, claiming the top spot at X receiver. Top WR recruit Shay Fields arrives in the fall. At running back, there's good depth with 230-pound Christian Powell, Tony Jones, Michael Adkins and surging redshirt freshman Phillip Lindsay.
Passing for more than 1,700 yards and having a touchdown to interception ratio of 12 to eight doesn't exactly scream star potential. However, when you're talking about a freshman quarterback who did that in just eight games, it's a different story.
According to plans, one of those clubs — at 9,900 square feet — would be among the biggest meeting spaces in Boulder and could attract larger events that are now hosted outside city limits, tourism officials say. "We watch retail bleed and hotel bleed (from the city of Boulder), and I think the region has become stronger in business travel and group travel," said Mary Ann Mahoney, executive director of the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau. "But there are always a lot of national groups that we haven't been able to reach."
The Colorado Buffaloes may not be a bastion of success just yet, but first-year head coach Mike MacIntyre led them to a four-win season in 2013, after they suffered through the 2012 season with only one win. The team will be facing some rocky roads, however, considering they will face off against this countdown's top three teams: USC, UCLA and ASU, and two of those games will be played away from the Buffaloes' home turf.
Last week was deservedly spent honoring the collegiate accomplishments of Spencer Dinwiddie. Now, however, it's important to turn our collective attention to the stark reality of the future. With the departure of Spencer, the Buffs have an open scholarship to fill, as Colorado is currently using only 12 of their allotted 13 scholarships (One senior, four juniors, five sophomores, plus the two incoming freshmen). While Dinwiddie's importance was always outsized, his roster space was ever only 1/13th. How CU goes about filling that void will go along way to determining the path of the program.
"I'd like to be first-team Pac-12, but I'd like to be an All-American next year," he said. "I think if I put in the same work (as last summer), I have a chance to do that. "Anything I can do to help the team get better is something I need to do. I know all the other guys feel the same way."
18. Colorado (12): Spencer Dinwiddie’s departure prompted the six-spot drop. Even without him, the Buffs are an NCAA Tournament team.
Colorado I thought for a long time that Colorado was going to get junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie back, but they lost him to the draft and you can't blame him as coming back from another year would risk another injury. The Buffs looked like a preseason Top 25 team next season if he returned, but now they will not be nearly as highly-rated going into next season.