Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by absinthe, Nov 13, 2011.
Absolutely. Also shows the value of a walk-on program.
He's doing really well for a one legged midget.
I'm giving him the business, but the kid is all heart.
I've always liked Espinoza.
He's small. He's not that fast. But he's got good hands, good agility, knows his assignments, and always gives 100%.
I think he got caught up in things with fans during the Hawkins era and took heat he didn't deserve. We saw a special athlete like Josh Smith get told that Espinoza was the favorite to win the punt return job over him. We saw highly-rated WRs who passed the eyeball test like Andre Simmons and Kendrick Celestine sitting on the bench while Espinoza got reps. We saw the team losing. We blamed it on Hawkins favoring walk ons over our best athletes.
In hindsight, I think Embree would have also favored Espinoza over J-Fly, Celestine and Simmons. Hell, he kicked the latter two off the team and considering the multiple disciplinary incidents J-Fly has had at UCLA I'm pretty much certain Embree would have booted him too. Of course, Embee probably wouldn't have recruited those guys in the first place.
So, making Espy a scapegoat was unfair. He's been a great Buff and I think that this season under Embree he has proved his value
You don't want to be a receiver that is stuck on Espinoza Island.
Espy's talent should have spelled a solid career on the scout teams and hoping to play in garbage time. The idea of him being a starting punt returner, a key reciever, or in fact a depth chart guy at DB is ridiculous.
That all said, Espy forgot to pay attention to all that. He spent his career at CU working his butt off, doing whatever was asked of him by the coaches, being a solid teammate and giving it everything he has. Had he never gotten to be more than a spot guy on the depth chart he could have still finished his career with his head held high because he gave it everything he had. The fact that he has contributed to this team being a better team this year and being on the field for most of our first PAC12 win is just icing on the cake. I hope Espy serves as an inspiration for all the guys who are to small, slow, light, didn't play against quality competition, etc. to go for their dreams and make the best of them.
This is a better CU team because of Espy, what more could a guy ask for.
I started typing before you posted this but it is all correct. Don't blame the player for what the coach tries to do with him. It wasn't Espys fault that Hawkins mismanaged his players.
What was that about? Even the players were joking about it during the presser. Espy's girlfriend work on the video staff or something?
Espy island cracked me up.
MDelpizzo was the first person I heard say it.
One of the funnier things I have seen in a while. Someone on the video staff has a good sense of humor.
I am trying to find the pic that was on the video board for a new sig pic!
I love the sense of humor, but they'd better have one. How many times have we not seen a replay when we should have over the season? Also, I know the players changed numbers a lot, and I know the stock footage would probably have the wrong number on the jersey, but at least put the right number on the board with the stock shot after a guy makes a good play. I noticed that problem a few times this year, so I'm sure it happened even more. How hard is it to consult the current roster and match up the numbers to make sure they are correct? Ugh.
In the USC game they threw a quick screen out to Robert Woods and it was him against Espinoza one on one in open field and Espo took him down for no gain, I was shocked.
or that pass of barkely's he jumped and almost took for 6? for a dude playing CB of about a month that was a veteran read.
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