Colorado is getting close to figuring out who will return punts and kicks this season.

On Monday, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said the Buffs haven't made final decisions, but they've narrowed the list of candidates.

On punt returns, the Buffs had Jay MacIntyre - Mike's son - handling those duties last year until he fumbled two returns against Arizona State. Isaiah Oliver handled punts the rest of the way, including a 68-yard return for touchdown to seal a victory against UCLA.

Coach MacIntyre told Buffzone.com last month that Oliver would return punts, but on Monday said Jay MacIntyre and redshirt freshman Ronnie Blackmon will also get chances.

"We'll have all three of those guys at different times," he said.

Oliver had a huge game against UCLA, with five returns for 124 yards, but had just 40 yards on 10 returns in other games.

Jay MacIntyre had the rough game against Arizona State, but averaged 10.5 yards on 13 returns before that, with six returns of at least 10 yards.

Overall, Oliver finished with 164 yards on returns, while MacIntyre had 152. Both were more than any other CU returner since 2008.

CU will look different on kickoff returns this season, with Anthony Julmisse and Phillip Lindsay not on the return unit.


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Julimisse averaged 22.6 yards on 17 returns, but is currently suspended for an offseason arrest. Lindsay is the Buffs' star tailback, and while he mostly blocked for Julmisse, MacIntyre said he felt teams relished the opportunity to get extra hits on Lindsay last year on returns.

For this year, MacIntyre said, "We're still looking at some guys, but most likely it's going to be Lee Walker, Ronnie Blackmon, KD Nixon."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.