Deion Sanders softens stance on Colorado’s struggling O-line

Deion Sanders softens stance on Colorado’s struggling O-line

Colorado coach Deion Sanders applied plenty of heat to his offensive linemen over the weekend for failing to protect his quarterback son.

He dialed back some of that pressure on Tuesday.

The Buffaloes are one of the most sacked teams in the nation, which led to Sanders’ ire following a 28-16 loss at No. 20 UCLA. It led to him saying, “the big picture we go get new linemen. That’s the picture, and I’m going to paint it perfectly.” His stance softened, though, after a recent heart-to-heart conference with the players responsible for keeping QB Shedeur Sanders upright.

“The meeting was phenomenal,” Sanders said as the Buffaloes (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) prepare to face No. 16 Oregon State (6-2, 3-2) on Saturday night at sold-out Folsom Field. “I have the utmost thought process that those guys are going to step it up tremendously and you’re going to see a more cohesive, more aggressive, more physical, more prepared group than ever before.”

That’s a stark contrast to Saturday when Sanders was not pleased with the offensive line. He sounded ready to dip into the transfer portal right then and there to beef up his front line. He’s not shy about taking that route, either, bringing in more than 50 transfers this season in an effort to fix a program that went 1-11 in 2022.

Shedeur Sanders was sacked seven times against the Bruins. In total, he’s been sacked 41 times this season. He’s been hurried and hounded many times, too.

“Not only depth, (but) killer instinct, want, desire, will (and) athleticism,” Deion Sanders said in reference to the offensive line after the game. “The hardest thing to acquire is linemen. So, when you get a good one, you hardly see linemen jump to a different school. I think we have some guys that it’s going to be a good little seasoning, but overall we just don’t have the fight or the passion to do what we want to do.”

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