2016 Top Buffs Countdown: Honorable mention to No. 37

BuffStampede.com Publisher Adam Munsterteiger and Fan Correspondent Tyler Ziskin begin this year's Top Buffs Countdown by talking about those that just missed the cut, and those that just made the cut.

Honorable mention

Senior Inside Linebacker Ryan Severson

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No.40 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 40 | Fans: NR

The back-up to Kenneth Olugbode at Jack linebacker, Severson played 116 defensive snaps in 2015, and he finished second on the team in special teams points. Severson's lack of size (5-foot-10, 210-pounds) has relegated him to a secondary role but his speed helps him provide the Buffs with solid depth. He was one of the first commits to Colorado after Mike MacIntyre was hired, and now he enters his final campaign in Boulder.

Senior Offensive Athlete Jaleel Awini

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No.38 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 38 | Fans: No. 38

Awini's brief appearance at quarterback in the Buffaloes' season finale at Utah last November prompted curiosity as to what he could do in that role if given more of an opportunity behind center. The local product from Aurora spent most of spring ball practicing at wide receiver, however, and he had a touchdown grab in the spring game. Regardless of what Awini's role ends up being on offense this fall, there is no question he will be among Colorado's most valuable special teams contributors. He led the Buffs in special teams points in 2015 and was placed on scholarship.

No. 40

Junior Offensive Tackle Sam Kronshage

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: NR | Tyler Ziskin: No. 39 | Fans: No. 33

Kronshage is one of seven offensive linemen that made this year's Top Buffs Countdown. He played nearly 600 offensive snaps as an underclassman at Colorado and is listed as a co-starter at right offensive tackle on the Buffaloes' post-spring depth chart. Kronshage will likely battle with Shane Callahan and Aaron Haigler for starting duties during camp. Like all but one of Colorado's starting offensive linemen last fall, Kronshage had a plus-play percentage below 60 percent.

No. 39

Junior Wide Receiver Kabion Ento

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 39 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 34 | Fans: No. 37

There should be quite the battle at X-receiver during camp with Ento and fellow Junior College transfer Juwann Winfree battling returner Bryce Bobo for the starting gig. Ento had the benefit of being on campus for spring ball and although he struggled to get separation from Isaiah Oliver in the spring game, by all accounts, he was solid during the Buffaloes' spring practices. Ento stands 6-foot-3, making him a bigger target.

No. 38

Sophomore Tight End Dylan Keeney

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 34 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 35 | Fans: No. 40

While listed as a tight end on the roster and depth chart, Keeney would more accurately be described as a large slot receiver. It is obvious he will never put on enough weight to be an inline tight end but he was not recruited to Boulder to be a blocker. Keeney provides the Buffs with a skill set that should be utilized more than it was in 2015 when he caught only six passes.

No. 37

Sophomore Receiver Jay MacIntyre

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 33 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 37 | Fans: No. 39

MacIntyre got his feet wet at the Pac-12 level last season and showed some flashes, but also struggled at times as a blocker. Following spring practices, he was listed as the back-up to Devin Ross at slot receiver. MacIntyre has excellent hands and a hard-working attitude, which should allow him be a solid contributor for the Buffaloes in 2016.


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