Bobo 'not satisfied' after strong opener

When Bryce Bobo was on the team bus heading back to Boulder from Mile High Stadium on Friday evening, his phone kept lighting up. The Buffaloes' starting X-receiver estimated he received 70 messages after his one-handed grab against Colorado State ranked third on SportsCenter's Top 10 Countdown.

In total, Bobo hauled in five passes from Sefo Liufau for a game-high 99 receiving yards in his first game as a redshirt junior, as the Buffaloes cruised to a 44-7 win.

I was just getting a lot of love from everybody,” said Bobo. “It was cool but I like to humble myself because it was just one game out of the season. I'm not satisfied, and we weren't satisfied as an offense because we felt like we left points out on the field that could have been touchdowns. We ended up needing some field-goals and we had some fumbles.

We need to correct that. We have a lot of leadership now on our football team with our captains and players across the team. We all take criticism from each other really well and we just have to keep improving as a team to reach our end goal.”

Shortly before Bobo's highlight catch against the Rams, he dropped a pass. That served as motivation for his spectacular grab.

That hit me right in the head, actually,” Bobo said of his earlier drop. “We have a motto, 'One snap and clear.' I was right by our sideline when I dropped it and Coach 'Chev' (co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chaiverini) kept shouting our motto.

Sefo gave me another shot and while the ball was in the air, all I kept thinking about was, 'I have to come down with it. I can't have another drop.' It was kind of out of reach to put two hands out, so I just one out there. I practice one-handers all the time in practice so it kind of came natural.”

It was just a month ago that Bobo was cross-training at receiver and safety during preseason practices, while Juwann Winfree was the odds-on favorite to win the starting X-receiver gig. When Winfree suffered a season-ending knee injury near the end of camp, all eyes shifted to Bobo.

When he went down, I kind of just had to have more leadership within the receivers group,” Bobo said. “Shay [Fields] and Devin [Ross] and I had to step up a little bit more.

Back in the past, there wasn't a lot of leadership that was taking place. It was more like we relied on one receiver instead of relying on all of us. It is multiple receivers stepping up now and we are all there for each other and we're all trying to push each other to get better.”

The Buffaloes' receivers are also taking more pride in their blocking, and that was evident last Friday night. Chiaverini has created an award for the Colorado receiver that produces the most knockdown blocks during the 2016 season.

During the game, Shay was like, 'I think I am leading the group in knockdowns.' And I said, 'You are not leading anything.' I think I actually have two knockdowns and he has one, so I should be leading the group,” Bobo said with a smile.

The Buffaloes began preparation for their next opponent Idaho State, an FCS team, on Monday. The Labor Day holiday allowed the team to practice later than normal.

Instead of worring about another team, we are focusing on taking care of all the little things in our offense since we had a couple three-and-outs against CSU,” Bobo said. “We're trying to correct that so our offense runs more efficiently.”


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