Colorado Buffaloes get a pair of big returns

Colorado was already moving to the Pac-12 with a new coach.

It could have needed a new right guard and receiver, too. That won't be the case.

Receiver Paul Richardson and offensive lineman Ryan Miller remained non-committal immediately following the season, but both pledged commitments to the Buffaloes in 2011 over the weekend.

Miller could have tested the NFL draft waters, and Paul Richardson could have made the decision to transfer. Both will stay.

I'm with the black and gold regardless of what coach is hired," Miller said in a statement. The Buffaloes hired Jon Embree, making the announcement official on Monday morning. "I didn't want to talk about this immediately following the NU game because it was neither the time nor the place. I will play my senior season in a University of Colorado jersey."

Richardson told Brian Howell of the Longmont Times-Call on Saturday that he'd stick with the Buffs move west, too.

"I'll be back," he said. "I've been getting a lot of love [from teammates] and I feel like this is where I should be and I should finish out my college career here."

As a true freshman, Richardson caught 34 passes for 514 yards (a Colorado freshman record) and six touchdowns, but just seven catches for 64 yards came in the first half of the season.