2016 Top Returning Buffs Countdown: No. 20 to 17

The next group in our Top Buffs Countdown is composed of two running backs, a versatile fullback, and a receiver that possesses top level athleticism.

No. 20

Junior Wide Receiver Devin Ross

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 19 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 23 | Fans: No. 19

New co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini did his best to try to instill confidence in Ross this spring by telling him he believes he has the potential to be a 1,000 yard receiver in 2016 as the Buffs' top slot receiver. Ross certainly has the athleticism to reach that lofty mark, but through his first two seasons with the Buffs, he has struggled mightily with drops. Ross claims he is now mentally prepared to be a steady Pac-12 pass catcher but until he consistently does it in games, it is fair to question his true potential.

No. 19

Junior Fullback George Frazier

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 14 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 18 | Fans: No. 25

You could list Frazier as a fullback, H-back or tight end. He will play each of those roles, and Frazier was also a defensive line contributor until he began focusing strictly on offense last season. Frazier is a versatile, physical player that should be utilized often in short yardage situations and as a redzone threat. On just 16 offensive touches the previous two seasons, he scored five touchdowns. With Chiaverini's fingerprints now on the offense, Frazier said this spring he did “more downhill running and blocking.” Frazier has also blossomed off the field into a leader and was named one of the Buffs' team captains for the 2016 season.

No. 18

Junior Tailback Donovan Lee

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 22 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 14 | Fans: No. 17

After bouncing back and forth between slot receiver and tailback his first two years on campus, Lee has settled in a tailback for his upperclassman years. He had a strong spring running the football and figures to benefit the most from Patrick Carr's decision to transfer out of the Buffaloes' program. Lee's 5.83 yards per rushing attempt average in 2015 was substantially better than any of Colorado's other runners. He also led the team in kickoff return average and finished third on the squad in all-purpose yards.

No. 17

Junior Tailback Michael Adkins

Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 20 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 11 | Fans: No. 20

Adkins is arguably the Buffs' most talented back, but he is also the team's least dependable runner. A number of injuries kept Adkins from living up to his potential as an underclassman. And until the spring game this year, his practice performance was lackluster according to running backs coach Darian Hagan. The departure of Carr, who was listed as a co-starter with Phillip Lindsay following spring ball, could also open the door for Adkins but he would have to show more focus in practice and a willingness to play through some bumps and bruises.

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