Brendan Rice had high hopes for himself and the rest of Colorado’s receivers this year.
Three games into the season, it has been a rough road for that group, as the Buffalo offense has gone through some struggles.
“Very disappointing,” Rice said. “But we’ll get through this together. I’m still proud of this crime. I can’t wait to show the world what we can do and what we’re capable of. It’s only a matter of time.” “
CU (1-2) looks to get their offense on track when they visit Arizona State (2-1) in the Pac-12 opener for both teams Saturday (8:30 p.m., TV: ESPNU).
Freshman quarterback Brendan Lewis has struggled in the first three starts of his career and the Buffs have just 273 passing yards. The Navy is only one of 130 FBS teams that average fewer yards through the air than CU’s 91.0 per game. CU and the three service academies – the Army, Air Force and Navy – have an average team of less than 100 passing yards.
Tight end Brady Russell leads the buff with six catches, while Rice leads the receiver with five catches for 35 yards.
Rice said it’s important for playwrights, who all want more of the ball, to focus on what they can do to help the struggling offense rather than hanging their heads.
“It’s a team sport, first of all, so whatever you do individually doesn’t really matter,” Rice said. “If your team isn’t doing well, like our offense… you can touch the ball 10, 15, 20 times, but if your offense isn’t moving the ball, what’s the point? End of the day In the U.S., if you’re not winning the game, you’re not moving the ball, you’re not doing what you need to do as an offense, and nothing really matters. You have to hit all your goals. , have to channel our efforts towards that stuff.”
While the ultimate goal is to win and get the full offense, head coach Carl Dorrell said it was important to get Rice and the other receivers involved.
“They didn’t have much opportunities last week,” he said. “We had a few catches in the game, but we need to engage everyone a little more efficiently.”
While the spotlight is on Lewis as the crime conflicts, Dorell was quick to point out that each situation is a group work to do. Rice calls for the receiver which involves working without the ball.
“We need to do more blocks on the perimeter, just to open up our running backs, because our line can’t handle everyone, so we have to go out there and handle some safaris, get our hands dirty.” will be,” he said. . “You can’t be pretty boys all the time.”
In terms of having the receiver open for the pass, Rice said it’s a collection of little things that have to be improved.
“We just need more time in the pocket (for the quarterback),” he said. “We need more time in the pocket, we need to drive our right depth. It’s just every little detail that matters because the QB is going to see one thing and if he doesn’t see that you’re at your right depth then he’s away from you.” Done, move on to the next person and the next person may not open. Maybe you read right, but he’s been waiting for you too long.”
The receiver is working with Lewis and true freshman Drew Carter this week.
“Every rep, every little detail matters, and for us to take the next step, we have to take those details seriously and execute and rise above all the lackluster stuff we’re going through.” ,” They said .
Rice is confident of getting back on track, even against the Sun Devils, who are third in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.0 points per game) and pass efficiency defense (rating 100.03). is in second place.
“We should turn around this weekend,” Rice said. “(ASU) is a one man coverage team. It’s going to be a fight on the line of melee.”
While Rice is hopeful that big dramas on crime are coming soon, he’s also expecting big plays as a returnee. So far this season, he has had only two chances to make a kickoff return, but averages 33.0 yards.
“I’m trying to make a play every time I touch that ball,” he said.