“Grayshirting has kind of been the plan all along, ever since Colorado offered me,” said Colby Pursell, who earned first-team all-Foothill League honors as a senior at Newell (Calif.) Hart despite missing the first four games of the season with a knee injury.
“I see there are a lot of benefits about grayshirting,” he added. “I have extra time to workout and extra time to mature because I am still 17 [years old]. I don't turn 18 until this upcoming October. I can get older, knock out some classes. It is a great opportunity.”
Since Pursell signed with the Buffaloes in February, he has been getting a new workout from Colorado strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson “every couple weeks.” That will continue throughout the fall. Pursell admits the workouts from Wilson have produced better results than what he did in the past.
“I am hoping to weigh 300 [pounds] by the end of this grayshirt. I am still 290,” he said. “My weight has been staying the same but I have been losing fat around the middle, which is something I like. But this fall, I still want to break 300.”
Pursell is expected to factor in as an offensive center or guard at Colorado, unless he hits a late growth spurt.
“If I grow to be 6-foot-6 like my dad, I could end up playing tackle,” he said. “Whatever happens, they said they see a hard worker in me. I am going to do everything they say, whether that is helping on scout team or helping in a game.
“I know I am not going to be No. 1 [on the depth chart] when I go to Colorado like I was here. I know I am going to have to work hard to get back up there. I am definitely just going to keep working out here as hard as I can, trying to get every little edge possible.”