Colorado senior wide receiver Toney Clemons was benched last week in the season opener at Hawaii after dropping a pass and making a mental mistake early in the game.
Clemons asked to meet with coach Jon Embree on Wednesday to clear the air make sure he and his coach are on the same page. He also met with wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy.
"I just needed to speak to him and see where his mindset was at and how he felt about me not as a player but as a person," Clemons said. "I wanted to clarify some things and let him know that if he had any negative thoughts that they weren't correct.
"I wanted to let him know that I'll do whatever it takes, whether it's special teams I'm willing to do that. I'm a team guy and I stood by his decision that he made last Saturday and I still do."
Embree said it was "a great conversation" that lasted 15 to 20 minutes. He was able to let Clemons know why he coaches him the way he does. Embree actually shouldered the blame for not communicating well with Clemons.
"We're definitely on the same page now and so I look forward to Toney Clemons being a playmaker for us," Embree said. " ... I'm going to take responsibility for that, communicating better with him and letting him know what I expect and how we expect things to be done. It's not a lack of want to with him."
Clemons was the Buffs' second leading receiver in 2010 with 43 catches for 482 yards and three touchdowns. The Colorado offense needs him or someone else to complement fellow wide receiver Paul Richardson and not allow defenses to cheat their coverages in Richardson's direction.
Clemons said he was not upset with Embree's decision to bench him in the opener because he wasn't performing at the level he is capable of playing. He said "a young hot-headed Toney Clemons might have reacted different."
At the same time, Clemons said he doesn't believe he is in a slump. He said he is still making plays in practice and he believes he is very capable of helping the team win games.
"I feel like I'm playing at a high level regardless of what happened on the field in the past," Clemons said. "I've got to come out here every day and perform and play hard and play fast. There are something you've got to clean up, but as a player, you're not going to play perfect. It took me awhile to realize that.
"I'm not going to play perfect, but I know they are holding me to a real high standard because of what I've done in the past and the potential that I have and the upside. It just took me time to sit down and evaluate myself and know why they're coaching the way they do and why my leash was a little bit different than everybody else's. I grew from it and grew past it and I'm back out here positive."