Paul Richardson is among the leading receivers in the country, and Nelson Spruce is having a solid season.

Beyond that, however, the Colorado football team has seen limited production from its receiving corps.

Aside from Richardson (31 catches for 621 yards) and Spruce (16 for 206), CU receivers have just 18 catches for 234 yards. Of those 18 catches, 14 came during the first two games of the season.

Receivers coach Troy Walters said the Buffs (2-2, 0-2 Pac-12) need to see more balance in those numbers as the season goes along.

"Ideally you'd like all of them to have more catches, but sometimes the game doesn't dictate it, sometimes we're in different personnel groupings and those guys don't get on the field," Walters said. "You'd like the ball to be spread around so that defenses can't clue on one guy."

Right now, that one guy is Richardson. He has been productive in every game this season, and as long as he's healthy, will continue to be the top target for quarterback Connor Wood.

CU is not getting the ball to D.D. Goodson (two catches in the past three weeks) or Tyler McCulloch (two catches in Pac-12 play), however. Keenan Canty and Devin Ross have just two catches for 15 yards between them -- both of those coming against Central Arkansas on Sept. 7.

Even Spruce has slowed down. He had eight catches for 99 yards in the season opener, but just eight catches for 107 yards since.


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"We've got the guys, we've just got to continue to work and spread the ball around," he said. "As an offense you want to be balanced and you want to be balanced as a receiving corps and make sure that if defenses want to key on Paul we've got other options and other guys are comfortable and confident that they can make the plays in crunch time. That'll come."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.