After putting together his best season at Colorado, Bryce Bobo is hoping to be even better next season.
So far, the senior receiver is on the right track.
"Final go-round, I have to do what I need to do and leave it all out on the field," he said.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bobo is one of several receivers that have put together a strong spring for the Buffs.
For Bobo, it's simply encouraging that he's participating in spring ball. He sat out the spring in 2015 after shoulder surgery, and missed most of the spring last year with a hamstring injury.
"This is, I think, the second spring I've done since I've been here and it's been the most productive so far," he said.
Last year, Bobo had career highs in catches (41), receiving yards (523) and yards per catch (13.2). He also had two of CU's most spectacular plays of the season, with a one-handed circus catch for the game-winning touchdown against Oregon on Sept. 24, and a one-handed snag to set up a touchdown against Colorado State in the opener. He also threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lindsay against Southern California.
This spring, he's been mentioned by others several times for big plays he's made.
"I'm trying to come out here every day and perform at a high level, trying to make sure my game stays ready so when it comes to the season it's easy for me," he said.
Bobo was hampered by an ankle injury during the final four games last season and he said he is "still dealing with it a little bit," but has no doubt he'll be ready go in the fall.
"Really all it is for me is staying healthy and being more aggressive in and out of breaks," he said. "I'm already aggressive, but I just want to make sure I'm coming out of my breaks faster than I used to."
Bobo is part of a stellar group of receivers that includes fellow seniors Devin Ross, Shay Fields and Kabion Ento and juniors Jay MacIntyre, Lee Walker and Juwann Winfree.
Bobo said he's been impressed with Ento and Walker this spring.
"They've probably been the most improved wide receivers we have, and I'll throw in Derrion Rakestraw and Johnny Huntley, as well," he said. "They all took big strides this spring and have been making plays."
Head coach Mike MacIntyre left practice a few minutes early to catch a flight. He was scheduled to speak Friday night at a clinic at Carson-Newman University, where his friend and mentor, Ken Sparks, was a coach for 37 years.
Sparks, 72, has been battling prostate cancer for the past several years, and MacIntyre wanted to attend the clinic to honor is friend.
Prior to departing on Friday, MacIntyre did stop very briefly to talk with CUBuffs.com about the Buffs' scrimmage in the morning.
"We covered all the situations and we came out of it healthy," he said. "We got a ton of plays done — over 100."
The Buffs went "full speed thud," which means they didn't tackle players to the ground. MacIntyre added that some of the defensive backs were good in coverage, but that a couple of receivers made big plays.
Junior running back Kyle Evans stopped by practice, four days after surgery on his dislocated hip. Evans said he had a plate and screws inserted to repair a fracture, but did not need a full hip replacement and there was no other damage. He is hopeful he can return in time for the Sept. 1 opener against CSU. ... Junior NJ Falo is working at both inside and outside linebacker, and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said the Buffs aren't sure at this point where Falo fits best. "He does certain things better at each spot," Eliot said. "He's a big inside linebacker, which is good. On the edge, he's an athletic outside backer. He brings qualities in both positions." ... Several players and coaches have been impressed with redshirt freshman cornerback Trey Udoffia this spring. Bobo was the latest to praise him. "He's come a long way since he first got here and he's going to keep improving as time goes," Bobo said. ... Friday was the 11th of 15 spring practices. The Buffs will be off this weekend and return to the field on Monday.
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