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Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce "wasn't credited with a single drop over 160 targets," according to NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"Colorado's Nelson Spruce didn't excite me on tape, so I was interested to see what the data looked like -- it confirmed the eyeball test. Spruce showed steady hands and wasn't credited with a single drop over 160 targets, but he averaged just 7.2 yards at the catch point with 4.1 yards coming after the catch. That 4.1 YAC number is extremely low for an underneath receiver in the college game," Zierlein writes. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Spruce broke school records last season in Paul Richardson's absence. The reliable possession receiver racked up 106 receptions for 1,198 receiving yards, with 12 scores, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 3:00 PM

Colorado redshirt senior T Stephane Nembot has "the makings of a potential starter on the NFL level," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"I like his size (6’ 6"/310) quickness and athleticism. I presently grade Nembot as a fourth rounder, right around where I had (Chaz) Green at this time last year," Pauline wrote. The Colorado prospect has been quite durable over the years, as Nembot is tied for the second longest starting streak on the team at 28 games. Nembot started his career at Colorado as a defensive end, but made the switch to right tackle his freshman year.
Aug 20 - 3:23 PM

Colorado redshirt sophomore FB/TE George Frazier is expected to carry a larger role for the team on offense this season.

Frazier was brought in as a linebacker, but he played on both offense and defense last year, as is the rage these days. On offense, he ran the ball five times for minimal yardage while recording a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 35 yards and three touchdowns. He's switched over to offense full-time for the 2015 season and coaches expect him to take on a larger role. Looming over all of this is an arrest on suspicion for DUI in July. Frazier himself was very upfront about the arrest, saying "I'm just working to play, and if I have to get suspended, it is what it is. I made my mistake. I just have to move forward and keep playing."
Aug 17 - 5:00 PM

With another productive year, Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce should "secure a third-round slot," in the eyes of NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. "Former teammate Paul Richardson was picked in the second round by Seattle in 2014; Spruce might not be considered an explosive downfield threat like Richardson, but he fights for the ball in the air and is reliable -- two important traits for an NFL receiver," Reuter wrote. Spruce runs a 4.5 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:34 PM

Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce "catches a lot of short passes, but he's a huge asset for this still-developing Colorado offense as one of the most reliable possession receivers in the game," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Buffaloes ranked last in the Pac-12 in yards per play, but Spruce gives them a steady presence who can move the chains," Brown wrote. "With Paul Richardson gone, he jumped from 55 catches to 106 for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns last season." Brown ranked Spruce as the No. 94 overall player in the country. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, who earned Second Team All-Pac-12 honors last year, runs a 4.5 forty.
Jul 30 - 8:19 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter reports that Colorado senior CB Ken Crawley is a candidate to make a swift move up draft boards.

"Since his freshman year, Crawley has used his height and long arms to distract and disrupt receivers downfield," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Crawley has 23 passes defended on his resume, but he has only two career interceptions, including zero last year. "Crawley's lack of interceptions kept him from receiving honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice last year, but if he can convert turnovers as a senior, he'll be a first-team pick," Reuter wrote. "Combining that improvement with additional proof of having the strength and physicality to handle NFL receivers will help him to move up draft boards next spring."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 6:51 PM

Colorado junior QB Sefo Liufau "possesses enough physical talent and the work ethic to keep an eye on," CBS Sports Rob Rang notes.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Liufau set 51 records last season, as he passed for 3,200 yards, 28 touchdowns, with a 65.3 percent completion rate. However, the Colorado prospect also led the Pac-12 in interceptions, with 15 in 2014. Rang notes that Liufau "flashes accuracy on some of the tougher throws in the NFL playbook, including deep-outs to the opposite sideline and long balls."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 3:23 PM

Colorado senior CB Ken Crawley's "length and speed make him ideally suited to a playing on the perimeter in a press scheme," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"When he guesses wrong, however, it takes Crawley an extra beat to get his long legs under him, allowing his opponent a sliver of separation. Crawley uses his long arms to lasso ball-carriers and is a generally reliable open-field tackler but lacks explosiveness as a hitter. Crawley's length and speed make him ideally suited to a playing on the perimeter in a press scheme," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Crawley has 23 passes defended on his resume, however, he has recorded only two interceptions. Last season, Crawley was sixth on the team in tackles with 47.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 2:56 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce "could draw the interest of scouts because of his savvy route-running, reliable hands and experience as a punt returner."

"Spruce lacks his former teammate's (Paul Richardson) straight-line speed but could draw the interest of scouts because of his savvy route-running, reliable hands and experience as a punt returner. He uses deceptive quickness off of the ball to escape press coverage and incorporates body lean, varied gaits and an occasional push-off to gain separation from more athletic pass defenders," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Spruce set school records in 2014, with 106 grabs and 12 touchdowns along with 1,198 receiving yards, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 2:06 PM

Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce "is a good route runner the Buffs move around and are able to consistently target," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"His speed is about at 4.5, but he's able to gain separation and catch the ball consistently," Kiper wrote. Spruce reached out to the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter but decided to return for his senior year. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.
Jul 7 - 11:20 PM

Colorado junior LB Addison Gillam "is active and physical" and "also has good speed," notes NFL Media.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has logged an impressive 171 tackles and 18.5 TFL across his first two years with the Buffs. He's a mobile, attacking linebacker who could stand to add bulk for the NFL. Gillam ran for the California state championships in the 4x100-meter relay in high school.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 5:20 PM

Colorado senior DL Josh Tupou will not play for the Buffaloes in 2015.

Tupou was arrested in March for suspicion of second and third degree assault, among other charges. However, that case was dismissed in April. Colorado associate AD David Plati said the school cannot divulge information as it relates to why Tupou will not be playing for Colorado this fall. The defensive lineman has been called the anchor of the defensive line and started all 24 games over the last two seasons.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 21 - 7:45 AM

Colorado HC Mike MacIntyre is confident that his rebuilding process will be successful.

"There's unbelievable history here, and we can do it again," MacIntyre said. Though MacIntyre has a 6-18 record with the Buffaloes, he didn't have much to work with when he inherited the job. He previously led San Jose State from a two-win outfit into a 10-win squad by his third year. "I think Mike has the best chance of any of us in the past 60 years," former coach Gary Barnett said. "We never had that continuity of support. He's got that now." Colorado's new facilities are, according to MacIntyre, "the best in America top to bottom."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 7:08 PM

Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce "has become a huge asset as a reliable chain-mover," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Buffaloes have had few bright spots the last several years, but Spruce emerged as one of the nation's most reliable playmakers at receiver," Brown wrote. Spruce, who reached out to the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter but decided to return for his senior year, caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.
Jun 14 - 10:47 PM

Colorado redshirt senior Nelson Spruce has been working to increase his explosiveness.

"I’m working to be quicker in and out of breaks," he said. Last season, Spruce was perhaps the most underrated receiver in the nation, posting 106 catches for 1,198 yards (11.3-yards-per-catch average) and 12 touchdowns. "Those are impressive numbers for a player who was the focus of opposing teams’ top defensive backs throughout the season," wrote ESPN's David Lombardi.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 8:50 PM


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