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CU counting on young wideouts

Jim Armstrong
The Denver Post
Surrounded by fellow receivers, Scotty McKnight bursts through the crowd during pracice. The Buffs are hoping that Scotty McKnight will have some help from the other inexperienced receivers this season even with Josh Smith out of the picture. The University of Colorado football team holds morning practice on Monday at their practice field in Boulder. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post

BOULDER – Two years later, Markques Simas is right back where he started. He had potential then, the first day he walked onto the CU campus, and he has it now.

Great thing, potential. Unless, of course, you don’t fulfill it. Then it’s more curse than compliment.

“I’m tired of hearing that word ‘potential,’ ” Simas said. “I want to get out there and prove myself. I know what I’m capable of doing. I definitely have confidence in my ability to help us to our goal, which is 10 wins.”

He might want to start by getting on the field. Simas, a highly touted wide receiver from San Diego, redshirted in 2007 and was declared academically ineligible last year. Then came last week’s two-game suspension for violating team rules.

That makes Simas a redshirt sophomore in search of his first catch at CU. For the record, there’s a lot of that going around at CU. In the aftermath of Josh Smith’s transfer to UCLA, the Buffs have one wide receiver – Scotty McKnight – who caught a pass in 2008.

If you’re wondering how important Simas and junior college transfer Andre Simmons are to the Buffs’ big picture, look no further than that stat. But if you insist on another one, try this on for size: CU averaged 5.76 yards per passing attempt last season. The 1989 team that won 11 games averaged 10.9, the 1990 national championship team 9.4.

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