Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Senior WriterSep 2, 2023, 03:50 PM ET
Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Shedeur Sanders stood up after his news conference, pulled out his phone and snapped a picture of the stat sheet, the one that showed 510 passing yards — the most ever by a Colorado quarterback.
The picture wouldn’t serve as a memento, but a receipt, the one Sanders, his Hall of Fame father and coach and the rest of the Colorado Buffaloes were collecting after Saturday’s 45-42 season-opening win over No. 17 TCU. They had heard how they wouldn’t win many games, how their revamped roster had too many holes and how Sanders, Travis Hunter and others would struggle transitioning from Jackson State, an FCS team in the SWAC, to college football’s top level.
“For real? Shedeur Sanders? From an HBCU? The one that played at Jackson last year? The one that you asked me, ‘Why would I give him the starting job?'” Colorado coach Deion Sanders asked mockingly about his son, whom he had coached at Jackson State before Colorado. “I’ve got receipts. I know who they are.”
Shedeur Sanders became the first Buffaloes quarterback ever