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1971 Colorado Buffaloes Roster

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Record: 10-2, .833 W-L% (11th of 128) ▪ Rank: 3rd in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big 8  ▪ Conference Record: 5-2 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Eddie Crowder (10-2)

PS/G: 30.8 (10th of 128) ▪ PA/G: 18.3 (53rd of 128)
SRS: 21.25 (5th of 128) ▪ SOS: 11.75 (3rd of 128)

Bowl Game: Won Bluebonnet Bowl 29-17 versus Houston


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Ken Johnson* QB 64 Cmp, 163 Att, 1126 Yds, 8 TD
Joe Duenas QB 11 Cmp, 26 Att, 212 Yds, 1 TD
Charlie Davis* RB 219 Att, 1386 Yds, 6.3 Avg
John Tarver* RB 122 Att, 677 Yds, 5.5 Avg
Rich Bland RB 16 Att, 73 Yds, 4.6 Avg
Jon Keyworth RB 3 Att, 10 Yds, 3.3 Avg
Bo Matthews RB 33 Att, 131 Yds, 4.0 Avg
L. Thomas RB 13 Att, 66 Yds, 5.1 Avg
Cliff Branch* WR 13 Rec, 330 Yds, 25.4 Avg
Larry Brunson* WR 6 Rec, 112 Yds, 18.7 Avg
S. Mendez WR 4 Rec, 58 Yds, 14.5 Avg
Willie Nichols WR 16 Rec, 316 Yds, 19.8 Avg
Marv Whitaker WR 9 Rec, 126 Yds, 14.0 Avg
Bob Masten* TE 11 Rec, 214 Yds, 19.5 Avg
J.V. Cain TE 8 Rec, 173 Yds, 21.6 Avg
Greg Horton* OL
Bill Kralicek* OL
Chuck Mandrill* OL
Bill McDonald* OL
Jake Zumbach* OL
Chris Havens* DL
Rick Kay* DL
Herb Orvis* DL
John Stavely* DL
Carl Taibi* DL
Stu Aldrich DL
Mark Cooney DL
Billie Drake* LB
Randy Geist* LB
Bud Magrum* LB
Lenny Ciufo LB
Dave Orvis LB
Cullen Bryant* DB
Brian Foster* DB
John Stearns* DB
Lorne Richardson DB