CU Buffs bid a farewell to Brenden Rice

BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 6: Wide receiver Brenden Rice #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes returns a kickoff against the Oregon State Beavers at Folsom Field on November 6, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)


The CU Buffs bid a farewell to wide receiver Brenden Rice. Son of former Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The hopes for Brenden was as high as Jerry Rice’s receiving yards and touchdown totals. However, the Colorado Buffaloes offense just could not get a passing game together. I do not fault Brenden for wanting to find himself a team that would value that and his ability to become a bigger star.

Rice came off a decent 2021 season with 299 yards and 3 touchdowns on 10 receptions. He was one of the most promising young receivers in the Pac-12. Coming into this season the hopes were huge for this young receiver, but the numbers did not come. Only 6 receptions in 4 games and 120 yards with 2 touchdowns. Definitely by no fault of his own. The quarterback situation has a heavy burden all year long. The offensive game plan was not working. To be honest not much was working on the offensive side of the ball. This kid has the potential to be a thousand yard receiver every season. I sincerely hope he finds a team that can give him that chance. We loved having you in Colorado Brenden and wish it could have worked out, but we wish you all the best on your journey.


The numbers might not have been stellar in Boulder because of a lackluster offense but every time he got the ball you knew it was going for a huge play. He’s a touchdown threat at any time on the field, and to me an offense’s dream and quarterbacks best friend.

It’s a heart wrenching loss for Colorado but it should come at no surprise. He’s far too gifted to be stuck in a program with too many woes. It seems the entire coaching staff is being rebuilt from the ground up. Players who are this talented need a team with more stability. Nobody should have hard feelings about this. He will be missed, but I for one will be proud to see him shine and root for the school he goes to.

Good Luck Brenden and God Speed!