Deion Sanders says Colorado quarterbacks 'faired well' in spring game

On3 imageby:Kaiden Smith04/23/23


The world got its first look at Deion Sanders’ Colorado team Saturday as their spring game in front of a 47,277-person crowd aired on ESPN. They also got a chance to see his son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders along with the rest of Colorado’s QBs under center in the black and gold. And following the game, Coach Prime gave his evaluation on the performance of his quarterback room.

“I think they faired well, we didn’t throw any interceptions right? I don’t believe we threw the ball to the other team so that’s a plus, that’s always a plus,” Sanders said. “They got the ball down the field, some was tougher than others of course when you go against the one’s defense that’s a little tougher. Especially with receivers that might not be able to get open against some of those guys.”

The offense competed against the defense all day during the Buffaloes’ spring game with Shedeur Sanders leading the first-team offense. He finished the game unofficially completing 16 of his 19 pass attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns, including a rushing score with his legs.

He manned a 75-yard scoring drive to start the game, which was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Travis Hunter. Hunter not only gave the defense fits at wide receiver with four catches for 26 yards, but also gave opposing quarterbacks problems lined up at cornerback.

“I think one ball was thrown at Travis at the end right?” Sanders asked. “A little pick route on a corner route on a three by one and they got him on that but that was it, so it’s kind of hard. Guy takes one side of the darn field, you gotta notice that kind of stuff.”

Colorado’s quarterbacks were still efficient despite Hunter’s presence in the secondary. True freshman early enrollee Ryan Staub went 8-for-11 for 74 yards, while Drew Carter was five of eight for 20 yards.

“But I’m happy with their productivity, of course we need to find some people that can step up and do some things, the type of things that we’re expecting Shedeur to do as well,” Sanders said.

Sanders is expected to be the team’s starter this season following back-to-back seasons at Jackson State where he led the team to two SWAC championships behind over 6,000 passing yards and 70 touchdowns in two seasons. But the backup quarterback spot will be interesting to see unfold as the Buffaloes move towards the fall.