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Buffs get WR Nelson Spruce back for one more season

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As it turns out, Colorado won’t be losing the most potent and productive member of its offense this upcoming season after all.

After briefly flirting with the idea of leaving early for the NFL, Nelson Spruce informed head coach Mike MacIntyre prior to the school’s semester break that he will indeed be returning to the Buffaloes for another season, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. The wide receiver had stated back in mid-November that he was leaning toward a return, but still left the pro door open at the time.

Spruce’s 106 receptions in 2014 marked the first time a Buffs receiver had cracked the 100-catch plateau and stands fourth all-time in the Pac-12. His 8.8 catches per game were tied for third in the country, while his 99.8 yards per game was 13th nationally and third in the Pac-12.

As the Daily Camera wrote, Spruce’s return means “he will likely set new career school records in every major receiving category.”  The 6-1, 195-pound junior will enter the 2015 season with 205 career receptions for 2,294 yards and 19 touchdowns.  The current school records are, in order, 215 (Scotty McKnight, 2007-10), 2,548 (Michael Westbrook, 1991-94) and 22 (McKnight).