NFL draft prospect sends strong message on transfer from USF to Colorado football: 'I am who I say I am'

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Xavier Weaver believes that transferring from USF to Coach Prime's Colorado football program in 2023 helped him realize just how good he actually is.

"Coming from USF and stuff like that, a lot of people probably said the competition level wasn't there or we weren't really playing anybody," Weaver said (h/t The Coloradoan). "I'd say, in the most humble way possible, coming to another school helped me realize that I am who I say I am.

"Looking back at the season, I'd just say it's been a blessing. The opportunities that's been put in front of me, I feel like I've taken advantage of them to the fullest. Coming to Colorado put me in that light and taught me a lot. It taught me about perseverance, teamwork and stuff like that. We were a brand new team, a whole bunch of new guys coming together, it's not as easy as a lot of people think it is."

Weaver became Shedeur Sanders' No. 1 option in Boulder, setting a career-high in catches and receiving yards in the process. He's CU's only invite to the 2024 NFL Combine and may end up being the Buffs' only draft pick.

Whatever he was setting out to prove, one has to think he's been able to do just that. And then some.

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Weaver was somewhat remorseful about not being able to establish better chemistry with Sanders during his lone season at Colorado.

"We definitely had a lot of option routes and like he (Shedeur) said, it's kind of hard to get timing and stuff like that," Weaver said. "Maybe if I was there from the spring, maybe we would've been more connected. Maybe with certain coverages, we run this instead of that, but at the same time, we have to be on the same page.

"It definitely was tricky at times. It put a little bit of doubt in our heads and we couldn't go full speed every route sometimes, it probably messed up timing and stuff like that."

Sanders complained about Sean Lewis's offense and how all the choice routes muddied it to the point where he didn't know where his receivers would go during Super Bowl week, and evidently, Weaver sees the same problems.

Time will tell to see if Pat Shurmur's Colorado football offense will make Sanders feel any differently in 2024.