Second-year Colorado football WR transfer could lead group and go for 1,000 yards

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BuffZone's Brian Howell predicts that second-year Colorado football WR transfer Jimmy Horn Jr. will push for a 1,000-receiving-yard season and potentially lead a star-studded receiving corps during the 2024 season; putting him in a group of Buffs vets who need to take the next step for CU to improve.

"At times, he was electric last season," Howell said of Horn. "One of the fastest players on the team, he was second in receptions (58), third in receiving yards (567) and first in touchdowns (six). He was inconsistent, however, and had some issues with drops. CU is loaded again at receiver, but Horn has the ability to be the leader of the group and push for a 1,000-yard season."

Though Horn didn't declare for the 2024 NFL draft -- that was his former USF and Colorado star running mate, Shedeur Sanders' WR1 Xavier Weaver who did that -- the receiver was pegged by YardBarker's Seth Trachtman as a mid-round draft pick.

"A transfer from South Florida, Horn Jr. has been key to Colorado's offensive resurgence," Trachtman prefaced before saying, "Although undersized, Horn Jr. can be a mid-round pick and solid slot receiver at the next level."

Jimmy Horn Jr. an emotional figure for Coach Prime's Colorado football program

Horn is not only an offensive weapon in the flat and on deep routes, but also an emotional symbol of perseverance. When Colorado was winning games, Coach Prime would call Horn's father, who was in jail, on FaceTime and let him know the impact his son had on the game.

Those calls will forever be the enduring clips from the Linsanity-esque run the Buffs went on in September 2023 to become a ranked team with rappers and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on the University of Colorado's campus.

Hopefully, there will be several more calls to Horn Sr. in 2024 after wins Horn Jr. left a mark on.