Winfree was battling junior Bryce Bobo for the starting X-receiver job before suffering a torn ACL in practice earlier this week.
“What is great about the receiver group is they are real close and it is like family in that room,” said Chiaverini, the Buffaloes' co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. “Everybody feels for Juwann. We know how hard he has worked but the whole group has worked hard. It is on the group to pick him up and we're doing that. … Juwann is going to work through his rehab and get back on the field sometime next year.”
Junior Kabion Ento, who has cross-trained at X-receiver and Z-receiver this preseason, echoed Chiaverini's sentiments.
“We are sad for our brother, and it was tough because everything was starting to click for us as a unit. But now that he is hurt, we all just said we need to step up,” Ento said. “That is one less playmaker we got so we all have to pitch in to do his part.”
Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre said he still likes his team's depth at receiver. It is never easy to see one of your players go down with a severe injury, though.
“He is a phenomenal young man and he is taking it really hard right now,” MacIntyre said of Winfree. “Really feel bad for him. His mom had a super attitude about it. … The silver lining in it, he has a redshirt year so he still has two more years after that. But he was having a really good fall camp and he was going to help us a lot.”
Additional Saturday notes:
*** MacIntyre was pleasantly surprised with the energy his players practiced with on Saturday morning, after they scrimmaged late on Friday night.
“It was one of those beautiful, almost like a fall day. It was gorgeous, a little crispness and the sun was out so I think that made them feel good,” MacIntyre said. “And then we had a lot of our students come out today so that was a lot of fun. We had them catch passes and catch punts. They really enjoyed that and sang our fight song with them. I think that spiced it up, too.”
*** Junior running back Michael Adkins was back practicing in a limited capacity on Friday and Saturday.
“He is progressing back good but he is not there yet. We'll see how he does next week,” MacIntyre said.
*** Junior defensive back Ryan Moeller has been held back recently due to an ankle injury.
“We wanted to make sure it is completely healed so he doesn't keep tweaking it,” MacIntyre said. “Hopefully he'll be able to go full-speed on some stuff Monday.”
*** Colorado's players were in academic meetings on Friday to prepare for the start of the fall semester. Classes begin on Monday. There are no more two-a-days, and the Buffs' players will get two days off before the season opener.
“I am really happy camp is over with, not because of the grind but because now we are going to start preparing for CSU,” Ento said. “It is almost time to hit somebody else for a change.”
*** The Buffaloes will begin practicing on their new outdoor practice field next Saturday.
*** According to CU Chief Marketing Officer Matt Biggers, they currently have 400 less season ticker holders for football than they did when the 2015 season ended, but they expect to see a substantial uptick in ticket sales the next 13 days.