Alex Fontenot Is Breaking Out and the Colorado Running Game Isn't Such a Concern Anymore

Tully Corcoran

Two games in, it's still "best possible scenario" for the Colorado football team. There was a question at safety, but grad transfer Mikial Onu has three interceptions in two games. And there was a question at running back, where Colorado wasn't returning any experience. 

But like Onu and like Mel Tucker's flea-flicker call against Nebraska, everything is working out just fine because of Alex Fontenot, a lightly-recruited former three-star recruit who has 29 carries for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead Colorado in rushing. Everyone expected Fontenot to win the job, but true freshman Jaren Mangham was a worthy challenger. Mangham has looked good in short-yardage situations, but Fontenot is snapping off the explosive plays, with a 32-yard run against Colordado State and an 18-yarder against Nebraska. 

Fontenot only played in two games last year, running for 43 yards on 11 carries. But that made him CU's most experienced running back. So the position was more or less wide open going into the spring. 

By the end of it, Fontenot had become the favorite, and with a suspect offensive line returning, the running game was a potential weak spot. 

CU has 332 rushing yards in two games, which is sixth in the Pac-12 (CU is tied for fourth in total offense). The passing game is still the strength of the offense, but so far the running game is about as good as CU could have hoped.