Colorado football RB sends confident message about upcoming season, addresses redshirt

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Colorado football running back Alton McCaskill IV addressed both last season and this upcoming season during a live broadcast on his personal YouTube channel -- showing excitement about what's to come in 2024, and explaining how difficult it was to feel that same thing in 2023 but not being able to act on it due to his redshirt.

“It was definitely pretty difficult,” McCaskill said taking a redshirt (h/t BuffZone). “I kind of had to really be real with myself. I had to remove myself from the situation and see how this can benefit me and see what this really does. I love my team, but I wasn’t providing for my team the way that I know I could. I know that if the coaches felt like I could and they trusted me to be out there then I could be out there and would be out there.

“Confidence was skyrocketing towards the end of the season going through practice and things like that. That’s where I’m at going into spring ball. Plus I’ve been killing workouts, getting stronger every week.”

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McCaskill would also address several other pressing topics during his show, including the injury that took away most of his 2023 season and his ambitions beyond his time at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“I want to be able to improve my chances to go to the NFL (this year),” McCaskill said. “That’s definitely the end goal for everyone. I gotta go. I gotta get to the league.

“(The injury) is not a thing for me anymore. It happened and I’m over it. That’s where I’m at mentally.
I’m looking forward to the first (game), but all of them. I want to play every last one and dominate."

It's good that McCaskill wants to dominate, because a running back hasn't truly impacted a Buffs game in a winning manner since Week 1, when Dylan Edwards looked like a star before fading in the months to follow as Shedeur Sanders carried the offense from under center.