Michael Harrison is enjoying a role in the CU Buffs offense.

Michael Harrison is enjoying a role in the CU Buffs offense.

Colorado Buffaloes tight end Michael Harrison (87) catches a pass from Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sheder Sanders (2) in the second half of a game against the Rockies at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado on September 16, 2023. (Timothy Hearst/Denver Gazette) Timothy Hearst/Denver Gazette▲

BOULDER – Eight different players have caught a Sheder Sanders touchdown this season.

South Florida transfer Xavier Weaver and junior Jimmy Horn.
Four people are like the leaders of the group. Freshman Dylan Edwards tied the record with three in his debut against TCU.
Travis Hunter also has a pair.
The same goes for Javon Antonio.

However, there is one name on the roster that few would have expected before the season: Michael Harrison.
San Francisco’s players converted from wide receiver to tight end in the offseason, adding another body to the injury-depleted cap that will carry Colorado’s offense this season.
Harrison is tied with Horn and Weaver as the team’s leading scorer, as well as fourth among tight ends in the nation.
“This is where I want to be for a year,” Harrison said.
“Ideally we would like to win again, especially in the last game.
“I’ve enjoyed the impact I’ve had on this team so far and I’m looking to build on that over the next five games.”

Colorado Buffaloes tight end Michael Harrison (87) tackles USC Trojans linebacker Mason Cobb (13) at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado on September 30, 2023. (Timothy Hearst/Denver Gazette) Timothy Hearst/Denver Gazette▲

Harrison did not play a major role in the Buffaloes’ first two games of the season and did not record a catch in the first half of Week 3 against Colorado State.

But something clicked against the Rams in the second half.
He had a number of assists in regulation, including two tying points in the final minute as the Buffs came back.

Harrison hit both of CU’s shots in an epic 43-35 overtime win and quickly became a folk hero in Boulder, even wearing a Michael Jordan classic on his shoulders.
Colorado State center Michael Harrison celebrates after making tackles on quarterback Dylan Edwards, left, and quarterback Jack Bailey during the second overtime of an NCAA college football game against Colorado State, Sept.
16 2023 in Boulder, Colorado.
.. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski▲

“He was ready to die,” Sheder said after the game.

Harrison scored in the next two games against Oregon and USC, establishing himself as a key contributor to one of the most explosive offenses in the country.
Not a bad situation for someone who was a little hesitant when the CU coaching staff approached him with the idea of ​​moving to tight end this summer.

“As a player, I want to make sure I can make an impact at any position,” Harrison said.
“We had a difficult end to this year.
I am very happy to be in such a position on the pitch.
“For me, I’ve confirmed that I’m a person who can step in and make an impact, no matter what position I’m in.”

Now he returns to his home state of California this week when the Buffs take on No. 23 UCLA in Pasadena.
He said he saw Stanford and Wisconsin play in the Rose Bowl 10 years ago.

Harrison was a special teams player at CU the last time the team played there two years ago. This time, he could play a role if the Buffs can come in and beat the Bruins.

Maybe he’ll add a team-high in touchdowns.
“Growing up, I always looked forward to going to these games,” Harrison said.
“It would be nice to get out there again.
It’s a good place.”

 

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