Those who don’t follow Pac-12 or Colorado football may not know off-hand who Nelson Spruce is, but the Buffaloes’ wide receiver made sure he went into the record books this afternoon by catching his 260th career reception.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This man can 🏈
<a href=”https://twitter.com/RunRalphieRun”>@RunRalphieRun</a>'s Nelson Spruce just became the all-time receptions leader in <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pac12FB?src=hash”>#Pac12FB</a> history! <a href=”https://t.co/dc3Haz7OVw”>pic.twitter.com/dc3Haz7OVw</a></p>— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Pac12Networks/status/660556125033603072″>October 31, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Spruce’s 260 catches broke a Pac-12 record set by Mike Thomas of Arizona. Thomas played for the Wildcats from 2005 to 2008.
Spruce caught his record-breaking pass on a beautiful five-yard dig route that left the UCLA defender grasping at air. Not only did the Colorado wideout show off some good footwork to “chop it up”, fake the out-route and then break inside, but he utilized his hands perfectly to club and rip away from the defender, ensuring his inside leverage.
It’s fitting that the record-breaking catch was a bi-product of good technique.
Spruce is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound senior from Westlake Village, Calif. He redshirted for Colorado in 2011 and has played every year since. That includes action in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, and nine starts. By his sophomore season, Spruce was a full-time starter for the Buffaloes.
In 2014, Spruce was one of 10 semifinalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award and he was also CU’s most valuable player as well as a second-team All-Pac-12 player. He’s undoubtedly on his way to more recognition in his final season with the Buffaloes, but no matter what he’ll now always be in the Pac-12 record books.