Juwann Winfree, one of the Buffaloes' prized signees in February, has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2016 season. He was expected to be one of the team's top receiving targets this fall.
“We all really feel for Juwann, he is a phenomenal young man and has fit in really well on our team," Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “Unfortunately this is what can happen in football. But Juwann is a very positive young man and no doubt will work hard in his rehabilitation and will be back for 2017.”
A four-star receiver both as a high school recruit, and again as a Junior College prospect, Winfree showed his versatility and playmaking ability early on in the preseason. He can use his redshirt this fall, and then still have two seasons to compete with the Buffaloes.
Winfree saw action in eight games as a true freshman at Maryland in 2014, and then after transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, he hauled in 55 passes for 837 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore.
By all accounts, Bryce Bobo and Kabion Ento have performed well in practices for the Buffaloes this preseason, but Winfree's injury still provides a tough loss for Colorado in its attempt to replace Nelson Spruce's production at X-receiver.