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(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Laviska Shenault Jr.
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Laviska Shenault Jr. – WR (Colorado)

at Washington State

When: Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA


Let’s jump back into the first-round conversation. Laviska Shenault Jr. was hyped up throughout the entire spring and summer and now, the Colorado wide receiver has his sights set on the NFL.

He has had a bit of an underwhelming season up to this point. Some would argue that the slow start is pushing Shenault out of the first round. I disagree, to put it bluntly. His talent is still there, but defenses have been able to key in on him and limit his production.

Shenault has only surpassed 100 yards receiving once this season and he also has just two touchdowns. Still, the young man is averaging 14.1 yards per catch.

His production is a way down after a monstrous 2018 season that saw him catch 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns. He added five rushing touchdowns on 17 carries as well last year.

Shenault has shown that he is electric with the ball, it is just a matter of finding him and giving him a chance.


Saturday’s game is going to be high-scoring, at least for Washington State. If Colorado wants to put up a fight, they will have to score a ton of points. Washington State can sling the ball and score in a hurry, while Colorado is coming off a 45-3 loss to Oregon.

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I expect Colorado to get their best player the ball and let him go to work. Let Shenault get involved and make plays whenever the Buffaloes are in trouble and they will be fine. Just get him touches. That’s all I ask.