Colorado's talented receiving corps and linebacker Derek McCartney got some more preseason recognition on Tuesday.

Seniors Shay Fields and Devin Ross were included on the 45-player watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the top receiver in college football. The award is for anyone who catches passes (wide receivers, tight ends, slot backs and running backs). Players can be added to the list as the season goes along.

McCartney was named to the watch list for The Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players that best combines community service and athletic and academic achievement.

Previously, McCartney was named to the watch list for the Lott Impact Trophy, which awards players of outstanding character and performance.

In several preseason publications, CU (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12 last season) has been listed as having one of the top five receiving corps in the country, with some putting the Buffs at second, just behind Oklahoma State.

CU was one of five teams with two players on the Biletnikoff Award watch list, along with Massachusetts, Oklahoma State, Toledo and Troy.

Fields and Ross are two of the top returning receivers in the Pac-12. Last year, Ross led the Buffs with 66 catches, while accumulating 765 yards and five touchdowns. Fields had 52 catches and led the team in receiving yards (845) and touchdowns (nine).

Another senior, Bryce Bobo (41 catches, 523 yards, 2 TD) is among the top receivers in the Pac-12, as well.


CU also has high hopes for junior transfer Juwann Winfree and senior Kabion Ento (eight catches, 174 yards, 2 TD). Junior slot receiver Jay MacIntyre caught 30 passes for 390 yards and a touchdown last year.

Three other Pac-12 receivers are on the Biletnikoff Award watch list: Cal's Demetris Robertson, Washington's Dante Pettis and Washington State's Tavares Martin Jr.

Other Buffs on preseason watch lists are George Frazier (Hornung Award) and Phillip Lindsay (Maxwell Award).


CU's Derrion Rakestraw will switch from receiver to defensive back when fall camp starts next week. Rakestraw redshirted last season and has four years to play. CU is loaded at receiver, while depth in the secondary is lacking this season. The Buffs have also added offensive lineman Jack Shutack to the roster. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound sophomore will walk on and sit out this season due to the transfer rule. A three-star recruit out of high school, he redshirted at Rutgers in 2015.

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