Buffs’ Bobo to be a key part of talented receiving core
Recognizing the depth and talent at wide receiver last year, Colorado’s Bryce Bobo figured he might have a better chance to play on defense.
Bobo spent one practice at safety before realizing where he really belonged.
A year later, he laughs when reminded of that short-lived experiment.
“When I think about it, I think about what an impulse decision that was on my part,” he said. “I came a long way with trying to go onto defense and then having a pretty good season last year. I’m just glad I made the right choice in coming back and playing receiver.”
Bobo caught 41 passes for 523 yards and two touchdowns last year. He had two exceptional one-handed catches, including the game-winner at Oregon, and he even threw a touchdown pass to running back Phillip Lindsay in a game at USC.
Coming into this season, CU’S depth and talent is greater than it was a year ago, and there’s no question Bobo will be an integral part of the group once again.
“I see his whole game has gone up in every area,” coach Mike Macintyre said Saturday.
Macintyre said the 6-foot-2, 200pound Bobo looks faster and he’s also bigger and stronger than a year ago.
“He made a nice catch today for a touchdown and then ran through a tackle, which he’s done in the past, but I think he’ll do it even more because he’s more powerful,” Macintyre said.
Before last season, it was fair to question whether Bobo would ever make a big impact at CU.
Part of Macintyre’s first recruiting class in 2013, Bobo redshirted that year and then had solid seasons in 2014 and 2015. Combined, he caught 47 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns in those two seasons.
While Bobo didn’t miss any games in those two seasons, he was hampered by injuries during preseason camp both years and wasn’t always easy to be around. That limited his time on the field.
“Before (last year), I wasn’t really too confident in myself and I didn’t really have the best attitude all the time,” he said. “I think I was just young and dumb at the time. Now it’s getting to the point where I have to step up and be a leader. If I’m walking around with a bad attitude, the younger guys are going to see that and they’re going to think it’s OK to do stuff like that and it’s not OK. It’s not good to have someone negative on the team. Maturing in a positive way is always the best thing to do.”
Bobo, fellow seniors Shay Fields and Devin Ross and junior Jay Macintyre are all back as returning starters at receiver. That foursome combined for 189 catches, 2,523 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.
In addition, Juwann Winfree is healthy, senior Kabion Ento is enjoying an exceptional offseason, and CU has its most talented group of freshmen receivers in years.