Some blue-chip recruits arrive on campus with a sense of entitlement. It is understandable given that they are put on a pedestal and given the red cart treatment throughout the recruiting process.
While former four-star prospect Beau Bisharat did go through a stretch of homesickness last fall, he never suffered from big head syndrome. The Sacramento native accepted his role as a special teams contributor and bit player on offense during his true freshman campaign with the Buffaloes.
“I never played special teams in high school but [head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre always preaches to star in your role and I bought into that,” said Bisharat. “We do player cards where we make a commitment to the team every Thursday night during the season and that was my goal every week, just to make sure I do my job and make sure I not giving up anything I am not supposed to.”
Bisharat was a co-recipient of the team's Bill McCartney Award for special teams achievement with Isaiah Oliver, and he gained 45 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Following a recent spring practice, MacIntyre said he expects Bisharat's role to expand in 2017.
“He plays on all our special teams, he is a special teams demon out there. Look for him to be able to run the ball more, too,” MacIntyre said. “He is a change up because most of our backs are littler and he is a bigger back. He played more and more as the year went on last year and I think he'll have a role for us at running back this year, for sure.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Bisharat is getting more familiar with the Buffaloes' zone running scheme after finding the transition difficult last fall.
“In high school I just ran downhill, downhill, downhill. I was already at the second level by the time everybody knew what was going on,” he said. “I am getting more acclimated to the zone stuff. It is a lot easier for me now. I definitely do feel like I can bring a different dynamic to the group, be kind of a change of pace.”
Jim Leavitt tried to convince Bisharat to move over to defense to play linebacker before he left the Buffaloes' staff, but none of the new defensive coaches have tried to recruit him over yet.
“I am staying in the running back room,” he confirmed.
Bisharat said his feelings of homesickness began to dissipate mid-way through last fall and he is enjoying life as a student-athlete in Boulder. He reports his father Charlie has made a full recovery and is doing well after undergoing heart surgery last winter.
Additional notes -
*** The Buffaloes conducted what MacIntyre called a “physical practice” on Monday morning. CU has now completed four of its 15 spring practices.
*** As the Buffs continue to experiment with players in different positions, it has yet to be determined if Tim Lynott Jr. will stay at right guard or move in to center for his redshirt sophomore campaign. He is splitting time between the two positions this spring.
“He is most comfortable at guard at this point because he played 14 games at guard last season but I think he is more comfortable at center than he was last spring or last fall,” MacIntyre said. “He has done more and more at center and I think he understands the calls and has a better feel for it. He looks more comfortable at center now.”
*** MacIntyre was asked to comment on some other players on Monday. He said redshirt freshman Sam Bennion does not look lost on defense like he did last year during his first spring with the Buffs, he expects true sophomore Anthony Julmisse to be a “mainstay” at one of their cornerback spots and he said redshirt sophomore quarterback Steven Montez has been “real active with his arm” and is “moving a lot better now that he is in better shape.”
*** The Buffaloes will practice again on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week.