Stacked

The Colorado football team goes into this next season with plenty of experience and talent at receiver. Here's a look at the career collegiate numbers of the receivers on CU's roster:

PlayerRecYardsTD

Shay Fields, Sr 144 1,929 17

Devin Ross, Sr. 97 1,113 7

Bryce Bobo, Sr. 88 945 5

Kabion Ento, Sr. 67 1,059 12#

Juwann Winfree, Jr. 66 995 9*

Jay MacIntyre, Jr. 38 474 2

Lee Walker, Jr. 3 36 0

Johnny Huntley III, So. 1 14 0

Totals 504 6,565 52

# Ento had 59 catches for 885 yards and 10 TD in two JUCO seasons; he caught 8 passes for 174 yards and two TDs at CU last season.

* Winfree's statistics from one season at Maryland and one at Coffeyville Community College.

Throughout Colorado's remarkable rise to the Pac-12 South division title last year, highlights were repeatedly created by the Buffaloes' talented receivers.

Devin Ross, who wound up leading the team with 66 catches, was a touchdown machine early in the year.

Shay Fields catching a Sefo Liufau pass in stride en route to a 70-yard touchdown was one of many big plays for a great season for him.

Bryce Bobo provided the most spectacular highlights of all, with his one-handed grab against Colorado State, and his even more amazing one-handed, toe-tapping touchdown to beat Oregon.


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Meanwhile, the man some viewed as the most talented receiver on the team, Juwann Winfree, watched it all from the sidelines, recovering from a torn left ACL suffered in August camp.

With Ross, Fields, Bobo and even Kabion Ento - the star of spring drills - all back for their senior seasons, Winfree can't wait to join the mix. Watching his fellow receivers shine has only inspired Winfree as he targets his return to the field.

"I want to be the best and I want to come in and approach things as if I'm the best," Winfree, a junior, said after CU's spring game earlier this month. "(Watching the others) just makes me excited and it encourages me to work even harder because of the fact that I have these people next to me who are just as good. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to all of it."

As a true freshman at Maryland in 2014, Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yard and two touchdowns, helping the Terrapins get to the Foster Farms Bowl.

In 2015, Winfree left Maryland for Coffeyville Community College, where he caught 55 passes for 837 yards and seven touchdowns.

He nearly signed with Pittsburgh a year ago before choosing CU, and still has two years to play with the Buffs. Winfree was turning heads before his injury on Aug. 17, but has had a positive attitude throughout his recovery.

"When it first happened, I didn't know how things were going to unfold, but every time I have a setback, I try to bounce back as best as I can by having the right attitude," he said. "That's how I approached this injury and everything is going well, so I can't complain."

Winfree, who sat out of spring drills, said he's taking his time with recovery but at the spring game, he said he expected to be cleared soon to run routes and has been doing a lot of cutting drills. On Wednesday, he posted a video on Instagram of him working on sharp cuts and, other than a brace on his knee, showed no signs of the injury.

"I definitely feel great right now," he said. "I feel like I could be playing."

When Winfree does get on the field, it'll only add to CU's impressive collection of talent at the position.

In addition to Winfree and the foursome of seniors, the Buffs return junior slot receiver Jay MacIntyre (30 catches for 390 yards last season) and junior Lee Walker, who caught just one pass last season, but was one of the stars of spring.

Sophomore Johnny Huntley III also returns. His time may not come until 2018, but he has tremendous potential. Redshirt freshman Derrion Rakestraw also returns, and turned some heads in spring.

On top of all that, the Buffs are adding a talented group of true freshmen receivers in the fall, led by four-star recruits KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault. Maurice Bell and Jaylon Jackson are the other two freshmen who will fight for playing time.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.