Colorado standout Jeremy Bloom returns to Boulder for Buffs training camp
The Pac-12 Networks Training Camp show from Colorado (airing tonight at 9pm PT/10pm MT) was more than just a chance to shine a light on the 2015 Colorado Buffaloes. It was also a welcomed homecoming for former Buffs star and current Pac-12 Networks’ analyst Jeremy Bloom.
In his two years (2002-03) with the Buffs, Bloom established himself as one of the most exciting and dangerous all around weapons in team history. He had five plays of 75-yards or longer – two receptions, two punt returns and 1 kickoff return. He made the Freshman All American team as a returner in 2002 and averaged 16.1 yards per touch as a sophomore wide receiver and return man. He was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for his final two years as he pursued his dream to ski in the 2006 Olympics.
Walking back onto Folsom Field for Colorado’s second scrimmage of training camp proved to be exciting for him.
“There are so many memories here,” Bloom said. “This is where I started my football career really. Boulder is such a great place to go to college and there are still some familiar faces here. It’s been pretty special.”
When he pulled into town at 2:00 pm on Friday, he went straight to the Flatirons for some exercise and reflection.
“Hiking the Flatirons is always the first thing I do when I come home,” he said. The Flatirons are the symbol of Boulder when people think of this town – they see the beautiful Flatirons. There is a great hike that I always do up to the top of Flatiron One and find this little spot, sit down and just look at the whole Boulder Valley. I just go up there and remember a lot. It is always good to come back.”
At Folsom Field, he proved to be quite a popular guest the moment he walked through the gates Saturday morning. He was interviewed by several members of the local media for 10 minutes, signed autographs and took photos with the fans and, of course, had to work for Pac-12 Networks.
Watching the Buffs scrimmage for 76 minutes left Bloom with a positive impression.
“I saw a team that is a year older and I think that was a needed year,” Bloom said. “They have a lot of young guys on the field. I saw some speed. It’s nice to see some speed back on the field. I was impressed with Christian Powell. He had a nice long run. The offensive line looks pretty strong. They need to learn how to finish, but they are heading in the right direction.”