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What They’re Saying: Laviska Shenault’s great start to the season

Shenault has broken out in 2018.

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Folsom Field; Boulder, Colo.

Texas State vs. Colorado.

Late in the first quarter of a scoreless game, Buffaloes’ defensive back Isaiah Oliver fields a punt at his own 41-yard line. He returns it four yards before he’s met by a slew of Bobcats defenders. After eluding three tackles, the future second-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons coughs up the ball. Within an instant, a 6’1, 215-pound true freshman, wearing number eight, picks up the ball and sprints 55-yards for a touchdown. From the very first moment Laviska Shenault Jr. touched a ball, he’s had an impact for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Flash forward a year later and the DeSoto H.S. (DeSoto, Texas) product, now wearing jersey number two, is one of the best stories in college football. He’s even being mentioned in early Heisman Trophy conversations. After jaw-dropping performances against Colorado State and Nebraska, the sophomore leads the nation in receiving yards per game (194.0) and receptions per game (10.5). He also ranks third in receiving yards (388) behind Hawaii’s John Ursua and Colorado State’s Preston Williams, who each have one more game under their belt.

Here’s what the experts are saying about Colorado’s sophomore sensation:

Joel Klatt, Fox Sports college football analyst & former Colorado Buffaloes quarterback

Mike Pritchard, Former NFL & Colorado Buffaloes running back

Stewart Mandel, Editor-in-chief of

Ian Wharton, Senior analyst @OptimumScouting

Dane Brugler, NFL Draft analyst for

Barton Simmons, national CFB writer, Director of Scouting

Laken Litman, Staff writer at Sports Illustrated

Ollie Connolly, Football Analyst/Writer for @GuardianUS / @TheScore / @FieldGulls

David Helman, Staff writer for

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