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Phillip Lindsay shines in Shrine Game

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Lindsay finished with 51 yards.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

At 5’8, 190-pounds, Phillip Lindsay doesn’t really fit the mold of a prototypical NFL running back. Just don’t tell him that.

Like Maurice Jones-Drew (UCLA 2003-’05) and Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State 2008-’10) before him, Lindsay is looking to become the next undersized Pac-12 running back to have an impact at the next level. This week the Colorado Buffaloes career leader in all-purpose yards had his first job interview. And the diminutive tailback made a big impression.

Lindsay and fellow Buff Afolabi Laguda (Bryce Bobo was listed as injured) contributed the West team’s 14-10 win in the 93rd edition of the East-West Shrine Game Saturday from St. Petersburg, Florida. Lindsay – who started for the West squad - led all running backs with 51 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 14-yard run which he nearly broke for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. “It was just a great learning experience all around,” said Lindsay, who was turning heads all week long in Shrine Game practices.

As a senior, Lindsay rushed for 1,474 yards becoming the first Buffaloes player to produce back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons. His 3,770 career rushing yards rank second behind CU great Eric Bieniemy. Even with these eye-popping numbers, most NFL draft prognosticators see Lindsay as a late round pick or signing as an undrafted free agent.

But that won’t stop him from putting in the work necessary to make it in the NFL.

“Attention to detail.” Lindsay answered when asked about his biggest takeaway from the week.

“The offensive playbook is hard when you first get into something and every play counts.” Despite the good showing in St. Petersburg, Lindsay knows there will still be doubters, but he’s ready to prove them wrong.

“I’ve proven it year in and year out. I just proved it here too. For those who doubt me, shame on them. I’m going to make an NFL team very happy when I get the chance.”