STANFORD, Calif. – In Colorado’s first two games of the season, quarterback Sam Noyer has had the luxury of depending on a variety of weapons.
When he needs a big play in the passing game, however, there’s nobody he leans on more than Dimitri Stanley.
A sophomore slot receiver, Stanley had the best game of his career in Saturday’s 35-32 win against Stanford. Stanley matched his career high six catches and posted his first career 100-yard game (126). His day was highlighted by a 55-yard touchdown.
“Dimitri is a great player,” Noyer said. “You guys saw that last game and this game. Dimitri will make plays, whether it’s a 5-yard dump off and take it to the house like you saw today, or it’s a long ball across the middle. Dimitri is fearless and he goes out there and plays hard every single game.”
Stanley finished fourth on the team with 29 catches for 312 yards last season, but he’s stepped into a lead role so far this year. The top two receivers from last year – Laviska Shenault and Tony Brown – are now in the NFL, while the Buffs’ third-leading receiver in 2019, KD Nixon, hasn’t played yet this season because of a hamstring injury.
So far this year, Stanley has 12 catches for 192 yards. He’s also handled punt return duties.
“Dimitri … had a very consistent, very productive camp leading into the season,” head coach Karl Dorrell said. “I think he got six catches in the first game against UCLA and this game he duplicated those numbers but had more yards got it in the end zone.
“He’s a really good player and he’s a sophomore. We’re young at a lot of spots still, so it’s good to have him for a couple more years. He’s a really dynamic kid and he showed some of that today.”
Stanley wasn’t the only young receiver who busted loose Saturday. Redshirt freshman La’Vontae Shenault – Laviska’s younger brother – returned from a one-game suspension and had the first catches of his career, finishing with three receptions for 60 yards.
True freshman Brenden Rice caught two passes for 38 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown that gave the Buffs a 28-9 lead in the third quarter.
“All of our guys do that and you saw spurts of it throughout the game,” Noyer said. “I think you’re going to continue to see spurts of it going forward.”