Actually, really fast.
That's what Jim McElwain kept saying over and over again about Colorado receiver Paul Richardson.
So fast, the Colorado State coach isn't sure he's seen a player with his speed in a while.
"That guy is faster than any guy we had at Alabama, I guarantee you that," McElwain said. "That guy is fast."
So keeping Richardson, who missed all of last season for Colorado coming off a knee injury, in front of the secondary is paramount in the eyes of McElwain if Colorado State is to beat their in-state rivals in the Rocky Mountain Showdown (Sunday, 4 p.m.) for a second straight year.
McElwain said he learned something from his roots that should help his secondary.
"Keep him corralled," he said. "That's what you do in Montana. You keep them corralled."
Which is exactly what the Rams aim to do come game time.
Richardson was most definitely missed by the Buffaloes last year, taking away their deep threat. In two seasons on the field at Colorado, he's averaged 14.6 yards per his 73 catches, complete with 11 touchdowns. He holds the single-game record with 284 receiving yards and has four multi-touchdown games.
After a year away from the field, CU quarterback Connor Wood feels the junior wideout is ready to strut his stuff again, and with a purpose.
"Once he came out to spring, I think the coach could testify, it was a great thing to have him back with his speed and his talent," said Wood, who will make his second career start for the Buffs.
Beyond the skill he possess, teammates and coaches alike have taken a shine to how he's become a leader for the rest of the CU receivers, earning one of the nods as team captain.
"I think we have a good group of receivers, I really do, not just Paul," CU coach Mike McIntyre said. "I think Paul is a very good player, and he's done a good job for us and he's been a very good leader. But I think we have some other guys who can make plays, for sure, so we've got to be able to find a way to get them the ball."
That may be true, but it's Richardson who Colorado State fears most. Remember, he's really fast.
A big key for the CSU secondary isn't in how they cover Richardson, but in how they talk to each other to ease the task. Communication is one area where the Rams feel they've really improved, and Richardson will be their first test.
"It's just keeping him in front of you and communicating what you see," cornerback Shaq Bell said. "Maybe if he has a cut split, like alert the safety on the over and post, and just telling him what you see. Mostly it's keeping him in front of you and playing with confidence."