The skill positions for Colorado this year seem to be one of the potential strengths, but a couple of guys are being forgotten in the discussion. Junior fullback George Frazier and senior tight end Sean Irwin have a chance to play a major role in the offense this season. Both are very solid blockers, but their potential to be used as weapons often is underplayed.
First off, Frazier is an absolute beast out of the back field. We've seen flashes of him as a ball carrier and receiver in the past, but never any consistent volume in the past. He's versatile enough to lineup at tight end or split out wide as well. Not to mention he was voted as a captain for this his junior year, so his teammates hold him in high regard.
Irwin is a senior and is just a rock at tight end. He's been primarily used as a blocker, but he did lead the team in yards per reception last year. All in all, both have been utilized in the offense before, but never been asked to make too many plays with the ball in their hands.
You might be asking, what makes this year any different if neither have been heavily utilized before? One word: redzone. It's no secret that the redzone offense last year was abysmal, and the coaching staff has reiterated that it is an area they drastically want to improve upon this year. Frazier and Irwin could become serious threats inside the opponents 20 for a couple reasons. First, they are both huge players. Frazier is listed at 6-2 260 lbs and Irwin at 6-3 245 lbs. That's a lot of beef to try and tackle in goal-to-go situations. Another important factor is the experience both players have. They both redshirted their freshman years, and have built a report with Liufau. They both have good enough hands as well. I like what CU has with players such as Lindsay, Fields, and Winfree, but none of them have the size and power that Irwin and Frazier bring to the table. The experienced upperclassmen could be great complementary pieces in the offense, and could be massive (literally) redzone weapons for the Buffs this year.
Here's the story on Irwin and Frazier's chance to have big roles in the offense.
"I thought I was in trouble at first," Evans later confessed. "I thought Code of Conduct caught me doing something bad. I knew I didn't do anything bad, but who knows? Then I started reading the sheet …" And seconds later, he was mobbed by his teammates.
The letter, from MacIntyre, informed Evans that he was being placed on scholarship immediately, and the Buffs were quick to offer their congratulations to one of the most popular players on the team.
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6. Colorado: Not too long ago, it seemed like Sefo Liufau's season was in jeopardy. The Buffaloes secured a commitment from Davis Webb and it was just assumed Liufau would sit out the 2016 season as a result of a foot injury. Not so. After Webb backed off his pledge and decided on Cal, it became evident that Liufau, who started the past three seasons, would be able to play this year. He has had his ups and downs, but Colorado's woes shouldn't be considered a reflection of Liufau's play.
The defending national champs look forward to what will hopefully be another fantastic season.
"Any interception I do have, if you really go look, it's because the other ten guys on the field are doing their job and I just happen to be where the ball's going. So it's really just a team effort. When it comes to stats, it's not like I'm doing it myself. It's the team."
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