Unlike most of its Pac-12 foes, the Colorado football team lacked firepower on offense this past season.
In an effort to change that, head coach Mike MacIntyre added a plethora of weapons to his arsenal on Wednesday.
MacIntyre and the Buffs announced an 18-player recruiting class on national signing day, and it is chock-full of playmakers, especially on offense.
"I think we're going to have good talent on offense," MacIntyre said. "You're not going to look out there and say we don't have enough Pac-12 talent to be playmakers."
The class is headlined by quarterback Davis Webb, a transfer from Texas Tech, four-star running back Beau Bisharat and four-star receiver Juwann Winfree. All three have a chance to be primary playmakers for the Buffs this fall.
The most intriguing player on the list is Webb.
A former Red Raiders starter, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Webb has just one year of eligibility left, but with senior Sefo Liufau recovering from a foot injury, he could become the most important player on the field.
Liufau, a three-year starter, suffered a Lisfranc injury on Nov. 13 against Southern California and his status for the coming season is in doubt. With two inexperienced young players behind Liufau, MacIntyre and his staff went after Webb.
"With our situation at quarterback, it's my job to get the best quarterback I can to be ready to lead this football team when we start in September," MacIntyre said. "I'm excited about what Davis Webb brings to the table. He's a quarterback that can definitely lead our team and be a starter. Bringing in Davis Webb is a key for us to make sure we ensure success this year."
Liufau is just 13 yards shy of CU's all-time passing mark, and Webb has a great deal of experience as well. He threw for 5,557 yards, 46 touchdowns and 22 touchdowns at Texas Tech.
Whether it's Webb, Liufau or somebody else throwing the ball, there will be no shortage of talented targets.
The Buffs signed five receivers in this class, led by Winfree. The former Maryland and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College receiver has two years of eligibility remaining.
"I call him the touchdown maker," MacIntyre said. "He can make plays. He's athletic, powerful."
CU lost all-time leading receiver Nelson Spruce to graduation, but the Buffs return six other scholarship receivers, including junior Shay Fields. In addition to Winfree, the Buffs added Kabion Ento, Johnny Huntley, Anthony Julmisse and Derrion Rakestraw in this class.
"We were able to go after guys we felt like could be playmakers with the ball in their hand," MacIntyre said. "We feel like we got guys that can help us this year, along with the guys we have. We feel like we'll be more explosive and be able to have bigger play-strike ability on offense."
Bisharat gives the Buffs a different dynamic as well. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he ran for 4,130 yards and 43 touchdowns during his prep career at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif. MacIntyre believes Bisharat can add 15 to 20 pounds to his frame.
"He is different from all of our (current running backs)," MacIntyre said. "All of our guys are smaller in stature. He's a big dude now and he's powerful and he can run and he has speed. I'm excited about his dynamic that he'll bring to us."
In general, CU appears to have much more to work with on offense going into next season. Unfortunately, co-offensive coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Brian Lindgren, who are working together for the first time, won't have most of these new guys on board until summer.
Still, MacIntyre believes the Buffs will have an offense that can make some noise in the Pac-12.
"They're a little young and they're going to be a little new in the system and it might take them a minute to get going, but we have a few good guys coming back, too, that can make plays," MacIntyre said. "If they stay healthy, adding them with these guys I think we're going to have a lot of players, which will help you on special teams, it'll help you on offense and if you get anybody nicked up, you don't drop off the table."
Last year, CU's offense fell off the table, averaging just 24.6 points per game, and only 19.7 in Pac-12 play.
"I'm very excited about this class' athleticism at the skill positions," MacIntyre said. "We're going to have a lot of really excellent Pac-12-type skill football players. You need those big-time playmakers."