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The success of the Colorado Buffaloes' football team has been tampered, to say the least, the past decade. Since 2004, CU has been to three bowl games, and only had two winning seasons. The last winning season was in 2005, while the last bowl was during the 2007 season. Coach Mike MacIntyre and staff are aiming to become bowl eligible this season, which would be a grand accomplishment for the second year staff. Perhaps a key to their success? Look no further than Phillip Lindsay.
Lindsay grew up in Denver and attended South High School. Lindsay was the first player to commit for the 2013 recruiting class. The night he committed (March 22, 2012), his families house was robbed. These individuals, who are now incarcerated, also severely beat Lindsay's dog. His dog is now fully recovered, but that would not be the last challenge facing the young football player.
In Lindsay's season opener, he suffered a knee injury. Lindsay decided to sit out the next game, and came back for South's third game against cross-town rival, East High School. Lindsay came out of the game, as his knee was hurting again. It was then determined (and later confirmed) that he had torn his ACL. Lindsay has told the press that then Broncos running back, Willis McGahee, called him to offer support. Lindsay took a redshirt during the 2013 campaign for the Buffaloes, and has since fully recovered.
One of the most impressive plays of the 2014 Colorado spring game was a carry by Lindsay. Though only 5'8" and 175 lbs, Lindsay lowered his shoulder into a safety, Tedric Thompson, and sent him flying back a few yards. The crowd and his teammates were ecstastic.
The transition from the Big 12 into the Pac 12 has been rough for the once mighty Buffaloes of Colorado. The team has seemingly lacked the necessary speed in its first three seasons against conference opponents. Lindsay is a tough back that has the speed many have sought for this team. The redshirt freshman is likely to be the third option at tailback behind Christian Powell and Michael Adkins II, but he is one to keep an eye out for. Lindsay has overcome much adversity in his young life, and that is an essential attitude many of the Buffaloes need to take up.
(Some information in this article provided by cubuffs.com)