October 5, 2006

Buffs striving for consistency at receiver

Dusty Sprague has had a different wide receivers coach every year he has been on campus. The lack of consistent coaching is one of the many reasons why the Buffaloes' wide receivers unit has struggled since Derek McCoy and D.J. Hackett graduated in 2002.

"I was recruited by Coach Embree and I had Coach Sumler as a wide receivers coach for about a week and then he was out," Sprague recalls. "Then I had Coach Gilmore [in 2003], then I had Coach Watson [in 2004] and I had Coach Watson slash Coach Hagan in 2005. Now I have Coach Kiesau."

"It's hard to get comfortable and it can kind of stagger your growth when every year you are hearing something new," current wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau explained. "I talked with the guys about that when I got here. Hopefully I'll be here a long time so we can change that trend."

The wide receivers unit has also been inconsistent because the players have been inconsistent. Some practices Patrick Williams and Alvin Barnett look like All-Big 12 receivers. Other days, they have trouble hauling in a routine pass.

"Those two guys have definitely struggled with consistency," Coach Kiesau expressed. "That is why you see guys like Dusty [Sprague], Cody Crawford and 'Pony' (Nick Holz) in the rotation at receiver. Those guys work hard every day and they are very consistent."

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