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Receiver Brenden Rice confident in CU Buffs’ offense: “We’ll get it together”

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Receiver Brenden Rice confident in CU Buffs’ offense: “We’ll get it together”

University of Colorado Boulder’s Brenden Rice makes a catch in front of Minnesota’s Jordan Howden during the Colorado Minnesota NCAA football game on September 18, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Brenden Rice had high expectations for himself and the rest of the Colorado receivers this year.

Three games into the season, it’s been a difficult road for that group, as the Buffaloes’ offense has gone through some struggles.

“Very frustrating,” Rice said. “But we’ll get it together. I’m still proud of this offense. I can’t wait to show the world what we can do and what we are able to do. It’s only a matter of time.”

CU (1-2) is looking to get its offense on track as it visits Arizona State (2-1) on Saturday (8:30 p.m., TV: ESPNU) in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis has struggled through the first three starts of his career and the Buffs have just 273 passing yards. Navy is the only one of the 130 FBS teams averaging fewer yards through the air than CU’s 91.0 per game. CU and the three service academies – Army, Air Force and Navy – are the only teams averaging less than 100 passing yards.

Tight end Brady Russell leads the Buffs with six catches, while Rice leads the receivers with five catches for 35 yards.

Rice said it’s important for the playmakers, who all want the ball more, to focus on what they can do to help the struggling offense, rather than hang their heads.

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