Rating the Three Colorado Football Stars After the USC Loss

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Laviska Shenault Jr. continues his impressive campaign.

Depending on the severity of Laviska’s second-half toe injury (Coach McIntyre is calling it “day-to-day”), the word impressive above could be replaced with Heisman.

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Shenault Jr. has been THAT good for the Buffaloes this season.  On Saturday night, before limping into the locker room, LSJ led the Buffaloes in rushing and receiving, netting 46-yards on two carries and grabbing nine Steven Montez passes for 72 yards.

Just another day at the office for the sophomore standout though it wasn’t enough to propel Colorado to the victory.

That’s the thing, while Laviska is putting up Heisman worthy numbers, his campaign will remain tied to the success of the Buffaloes.  There’s no individual, save Montez more directly responsible for Colorado’s 5-0 record coming into the game than Shenault Jr.

That’s great to watch, he’s a special talent but it’s also concerning that so much of Colorado’s success hinges on the combination.

If Shenault is healthy enough to go against  #15 Washington (also losers on Saturday) on October 20th at Folsom, it will be the biggest advantage the Buffs can muster.  The Huskies are a great defensive team and have an established dominance over the Buffaloes of late.

It will take a healthy LSJ and a rebound from Steven Montez to be competitive but what about the defensive end?