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Phillip Lindsay ready to lead, excited about bowl game possibilities

We talked to the tailback about the upcoming season.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, Colorado tailback Phillip Lindsay talked with his usual enthusiasm at CU Media Day.

Despite only being a sophomore last season, Lindsay was already one of the Buffs’ leaders thanks to his unrivaled passion for the program, and he knows that his leadership role will only expand in his final two seasons. “Yeah, yeah, I definitely feel like I’ve got a lot of my teammates respect,” he said.” I’m just going to continue to be me and lead by example, lead on and off the field. We are going to be missing a lot of people after this year but new kids come and more people need to step up.”

The redshirt junior rushed for 658 yards and six touchdowns last season in 13 games, good for a 4.8 yards per carry average.

In addition to his leadership role, Lindsay is looking forward to serving as a mentor to the incoming freshman, including the one he’s most excited to work with, Beau Bisharat. “You don’t ever want to have somebody out there looking like they don’t know what they’re doing,” Lindsay said. “The best thing to do is to ask if they need help, and if you see them struggling, go up and ask if they need help and give them a couple pointers.”

One thing that Lindsay hasn’t done in his time at Colorado is play in a bowl game. He expects to change that this season.

“A bowl game would mean everything to this program, to me,” Lindsay said. “Just because we’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and for a lot of us this is it, it’s coming to the end of everything for a lot of us. It’s gonna be an awesome feeling going to a bowl game this year.”

It has been nine seasons since the last time Colorado players and their fans had that feeling, and there is no question that everyone is looking forward to it returning.