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Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay leads the country with 240 carries this season.
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Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay leads the country with 240 carries this season.

By now, the Colorado football team is running out of ways to compliment Phillip Lindsay.

The senior running back is in the midst of one of the best individual seasons in CU history and weekly greatness has become the expectation.

“Lindsay does what Lindsay does,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said after Lindsay rushed for 161 yards in a 44-28 win against California on Saturday.

Co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini described Lindsay’s latest performance by saying, “Phil does what he does.”

What Phil does is rack up yards in bunches and earn widespread respect.

MacIntyre has expressed so much admiration for Lindsay that he admitted after the Cal game that “it sounds like I have a man crush.”

Lindsay flashed an awkward smile when told about that comment.

“I didn’t hear about that,” he said, “but I just do what I have to do for my teammates.”

That’s exactly why the Buffs (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) love Lindsay so much. At 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, Lindsay certainly isn’t the biggest guy around, but he may be the toughest.

“He’s one of those people, and you’re around them every once in a while,” MacIntyre said. “They don’t care about peer pressure, they do what they believe is right, they give all they have, they care about others, they’re unselfish and they motivate by their actions and by their words. Very rare to have every quality, almost, in a guy.”

Those qualities are showing up on the field, where, despite his size, Lindsay leads the country with 240 carries and he’s third with 1,254 yards.

During the last four games, Lindsay has rushed for 725 yards on 131 carries. He had three of the four best single-game yardage totals of his career in October.

Lindsay is on such a roll that his performance on Saturday — an impressive 161 yards on 33 carries — was his second-worst of the month and took a took a backseat to the passing game finally clicking and the defense playing well.

“Phil, he does his thing and goes crazy and has 161 yards and it seems like he didn’t even get that many carries,” quarterback Steven Montez said.

Heading into their final three games of the season, the Buffs will depend on Lindsay to keep doing what he does.

The Buffs are better on offense when Lindsay is rolling, and he’s the only running back they trust this season. Backups Beau Bisharat, Michael Adkins II and Kyle Evans have essentially disappeared from the offense.

Adkins and Evans have a combined five carries for 1 yard in the last seven games. Bisharat is still used as a blocker, but outside of his 32 yards against Arizona on Oct. 7, he has 27 yards in the other eight games. He did have a career-long 11-yard run on Saturday, however.

Without Lindsay, the Buffs wouldn’t have much of a running game and they continue to give him a heavy work load. Going into October, Lindsay had more than 26 carries just once in 44 career games. He’s now had 28 or more — including a school-record 41 against Arizona — in each of the last four games.

No big deal to Lindsay, who continues to play with the same passion with each carry.

“I put my heart on the field 24/7,” he said. “I only have three more games of regular season left, and then a bowl game.

“For me, it’s coming down to the end and I want to make sure I leave everything out there. I leave all my blood out there every game. For me, it’s just to make sure I go out there with a bang with my fellow seniors. It’s important to me and it’s a very important moment for all of us.”

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