Buffs’ Bobo to be a key part of ta­lented re­ceiv­ing core

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

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.

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