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BOULDER — McKinley Wright IV began his virtual press conference, which followed his decision to return to Colorado for his senior season, with a 25-second opening statement.

He began by saying he was excited and that the Buffs had unfinished business. He said the team has a lot of key guys coming back. And then he dropped a name, the only name he brought up unprompted during his opening statement.

It wasn't the name of skilled veteran big man Evan Battey. It wasn't the name of his other returning classmate, D'Shawn Schwartz. In fact, it wasn't even the name of a player who saw the court last season.

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BOULDER — McKinley Wright IV is returning to Colorado for two reasons:

To be the first member of his family to graduate from college.
To lead the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament
"A childhood dream is March Madness," Wright told reporters Wednesday. "I've been watching that since I was a kid. I've seen guys at my position perform at a high level and win at a high level in that tournament. It's something I've always wanted to be a part of."

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BOULDER — Laviska Shenault Jr. is gone.

For the first time in two seasons, Colorado football fans don't know who the go-to guy in the Buffs' offense will be. Veteran running back Alex Fontenot is a candidate. True freshman running back Ashaad Clayton could give him a run for his money. Wide receiver Daniel Arias, perhaps the most impressive physical specimen on the team, could be ready to break out.

But the most-experienced piece of the offense, wide receiver K.D. Nixon, might be the best bet.

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BOULDER — Outside expectations are high for Nate Landman as he enters his senior season. The CU linebacker made the preseason watchlist for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's best linebacker, and the Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.

He's not all that interested, though.

"I appreciate the honor but that's not what I'm focused on," Landman told reporters Wednesday. "I'd rather go undefeated and win games with my team than win any of the awards."

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BOULDER — Chemistry is at the forefront of K.D. Nixon's mind.

In the midst of the first quarterback battle at Colorado in years, the senior wide receiver isn't picking sides. He's worked with all three competitors — true freshman Brendon Lewis, junior Tyler Lytle and senior Sam Noyer — but he's ready for the competition to end so he can invest his time in building chemistry with the winner. 

"Once we know, the work is getting turned up another level because now we can start working on chemistry, chemistry, chemistry, chemistry; instead of working with three quarterbacks," Nixon said. 

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BOULDER — Earlier this offseason Colorado defensive coordinator Tyson Summers called cornerback Chris Miller. Miller had told Summers that he wanted to do more for the Buffs' defense in his junior year and Summers found a way to make that happen:

Miller was going to try playing safety.

"I have more responsibility," Miller told reporters a little over a week ago. "I can play in the box, can get around and be physical."

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