As Mike MacIntyre took over the Colorado Buffaloes this offseason, there were questions about how well the roster would fit into the new coach’s system. The Buffs turned to long-traveled quarterback Connor Wood to lead their offense despite the junior’s struggles in 2012. Wood proved it was the right choice in their season opening win over the Colorado State Rams as he played with a renewed sense of confidence that shined through in his debut.
Wood was efficient and prolific in the rivalry game, completing 33 of 46 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. After completing just 50 percent of his passes with one touchdown to four interceptions in limited action last season, this was a huge step forward in his development as a quarterback. He found ways to keep the chains moving, converting 24 first downs while protecting the football with no turnovers.
He was helped out in a major way by the return of Paul Richardson at wide receiver. After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Richardson announced his triumphant return to the football field with 10 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns, including an 82-yard catch and run. His presence in the passing game would be a huge boost to any quarterback, and gives Wood a great target to attack down the field.
That presence on the outside along with a new coaching staff that believes in him seems to have had a very positive effect on Wood. He looked like the star recruit he was recruited as when he came out of high school and not the struggling signal caller that couldn’t crack the starting lineup. Is this a sign of things to come for Wood or was his big game nothing more than a flash in the pan?