Senior receiver Shay Fields has earned the moniker "Big Play Shay" during his career at CU because of his explosive ability. He has 10 career plays of 50 yards or more.

True freshman receiver Laviska Shenault is starting to earn a reputation, too.

Shenault has just five catches this season, but they've gone for 147 yards. His last two catches have totaled 100 yards, including a 58-yarder against California on Saturday.

"He's made some big plays at wide receiver and we'll definitely keep using him there," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He's got a great future ahead of him."

Co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini said the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Shenault has "great speed, he's really, really powerful and he's got excellent ball skills."

Right now, Shenault's only problem is getting on the field. The Buffs are loaded with talent at receiver, including three seniors. Chiaverini said the Buffs are trying to find more plays for Shenault, but it's not always easy.

"There's never going to be enough footballs to go around," he said. "There's always going to be someone that's mad at me because they're not getting the ball, but I can deal with that. I was a receiver and I get it."

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MacIntyre said ASU running back Kalen Ballage, who went to Falcon High School, was the first player he made a scholarship offer to when he took the job at CU in December 2012. ... George Frazier continues to make an impact for CU on offense, defense and special teams and MacIntyre hopes the senior will be seriously considered for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player. Frazier is on the watch list for the award. ... ASU's "Brotherhood" uniforms are a light tan color, meaning the Buffs won't be in their usual road white uniforms. CU will wear gold helmets and black jerseys and pants.

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