Despite his limited experience in football, Davion Taylor came to the Colorado Buffaloes this year hoping to make an impact.

So far, the junior college transfer has been a great addition to the defense for the Buffs (3-0), who have a bye this week.

"He's gotten better each and every week," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said after Saturday's 45-14 win against New Hampshire. "Football is a little bit new to him. He has that explosive athleticism. He caused a big fumble last week in the game also. I'm excited about Davion and where he's improving."

Playing at the Buff back position, Taylor had his biggest play of the season during the second quarter against UNH, picking up a fumble and taking it 14 yards for a touchdown. He also had a fumble recovery against Nebraska on Sept. 8 and has been in on several tackles.

Taylor grew up in Mississippi, but did not play football in high school. He then went to Coahoma (Miss.) Community College, where he played two seasons and took the game quickly.

Rated one of the top junior college prospects after last season, Taylor chose CU, where he could play football and run track. In the spring, he was sixth at the Pac-12 Championships in the 100-meter dash (10.51 seconds).

CU coaches loved Taylor's potential with his speed and size (6-foot-2, 220 pounds), and so far that has allowed him to make some impactful plays.

Going forward, though, Taylor hopes he can get better and make even more plays.


"I think I can improve rushing," he said. "I'm a Pac-12 sprinter, so I think I should come off (the edge) a little bit faster and show all that speed and get to the quarterback faster than I do."

Breakout for Bisharat

Junior running back Beau Bisharat has been waiting for a day like he had Saturday.

Doing his work in the second half, Bisharat ran for a career-high 92 yards on 13 carries, including a career-best 47-yard run in the third quarter.

"It felt great," he said. "I wish I could have scored on that long one, get my feet up at the end there, but I felt comfortable and I felt good."

Bisharat came into the game with 158 yards in his career. After getting 61 yards on 21 carries in 2017, he's up to 144 yards on 20 carries this season.

Line shuffles

An ankle injury to junior left guard Brett Tonz led the Buffs to give redshirt freshman Jake Moretti his first career start. The Buffs did a lot of line shuffling against UNH, however, with

At different times, the Buffs used junior college transfer Kary Kutsch at right guard and left guard. William Sherman also played part of the game at left tackle. Starting left tackle Josh Kaiser also played some of the game at right tackle.

"We are still looking (for the best combination)," MacIntyre said, "but we feel like we have some guys that can play. We just keep moving and keep working with them."

Different feel

Last year, the Buffs started 3-0, but weren't very impressive in beating Colorado State, Texas State and Northern Colorado.

This year's 3-0 has been much sharper, and the players can feel a difference.

"It's just we have a pretty tight knit group of brothers in there," Bisharat said after Saturday's win. "Just coming out every week and working, working, working all week. It brings everybody together. When we show up on Saturdays, we're ready this year. I think that's a little bit different than last year. Last year, we expected to come in and just beat these type of teams, but this year, we come in with a different mentality."

Sophomore linebacker Nate Landman agreed that CU's "brotherhood" has made a difference.

"This year we're really playing together more," he said.


Despite a relatively quiet game, with five catches for 67 yards, Laviska Shenault still leads the country with 151.7 receiving yards per game. He is fourth with 8.7 catches per game. ... Steven Montez ranks eighth nationally in completion percentage (73.4). ... Pac-12 players of the week: Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew (offense); Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven (defense); and Washington State's Travell Harris (special teams). ... The Buffs were off Sunday and Monday and will have workouts Tuesday. They'll return to practice Wednesday.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at or