Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders is looking to make the move from the FCS to the Power Five. The former Jackson State signal caller followed his father to Boulder and expects to take over in a starting role under center.
Sanders was a star with the Tigers, throwing for 3,732 yards and 40 touchdowns last year. Coach Prime thought he played well enough to garner some Heisman consideration.
While that postseason honor didn’t come to fruition, his abilities as a passer are expected to translate to the PAC 12. In fact, many are already putting the Buffaloes in their preseason Top 25 rankings.
The soon-to-be junior isn’t lacking confidence, either.
While making an appearance on the Paper Route podcast with Brandon Marshall and Ashley Nicole Moss, Sanders talked about the year to come.
Here’s what he had to say.
“This year, I feel like everything’s coming together. The weight room, the conditioning, it’s being pushed really hard right now… I’m locked in, for sure. Everything I’m doing is for a purpose.”
While he’s certainly putting in the work for the season ahead, there is one thing he says could stop him from excelling on the field.
When asked by Ashley Nicole Moss about the biggest transition he expects to see in his move to Boulder, Shedeur Sanders replied, “The altitude. It’s different.”
Brandon Marshall quickly questioned that response, calling the quarterback a bit cocky in his answer. He said, “You don’t think the linebackers are a little bigger and the cornerbacks a little faster?”
Sanders laughed it off, saying, “Yeah, they are.”
Still, he doesn’t seem too worried about the opponent on the field. Instead, Sanders is using his spring to build relationships with his new teammates as he continues the adjustment to a new school.
“I’m focused on me and my camp. By the time Week 1 comes, I’m gonna have my guys ready to get out there. This is the time right now to build relationships, and really learn about your teammates and know what you can trust. And also have them be able to trust you.”
Colorado will be a completely different team in 2023 after seeing Coach Prime reel in the nation’s top ranked transfer class. They’ll hope it leads to wins on the field following a 1-11 campaign last year.
Shedeur Sanders will be one of the most important pieces in the program’s rise as he looks to guide the Buffaloes back to national relevance.