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January 19th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Report: Tight End coach Taylor Embree leaving to coach in the NFL

From the Daily Camera … When offered a job to coach at Colorado last year, Taylor Embree said it was the “perfect opportunity.”

Now, it appears Embree is jumping on a new opportunity.

According to multiple BuffZone.com sources and several reports, the Buffaloes’ tight ends coach is leaving the program to return to the National Football League, with the New York Jets. It has been reported Tuesday morning that Embree will coach the Jets’ running backs.

Last week, the Jets hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach. Several news outlets have reported that Mike LaFleur, the 49ers’ passing game coordinator, will be Saleh’s offensive coordinator.

Prior to coming to CU a year ago, Embree was an offensive quality control coach for the 49ers for three years, where he worked with Saleh and LaFleur.

With the 49ers, Embree, 32, worked under his father, Jon Embree, who is San Francisco’s tight ends coach – and a former CU player, assistant coach and head coach. Jon Embree has worked with several top tight ends, including current 49ers star George Kittle.

After learning under his father and working with Kittle himself, Taylor Embree was offered his first full-time position coach job last year by CU head coach Karl Dorrell.

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January 18th

… CU in a few minutes … 

FWAA Freshman All-American team: Karl Dorrell the “First Year” Coach of the Year

From the Football Writers Association of America … The 2020 Football Writers Association of Freshman All-America Team features two defensive starters from national champion Alabama, a quarterback-receiver tandem that helped Oklahoma win the Big 12 championship, the two national interception leaders amid a top-flight secondary and six schools that have a pair of players on the roster.

This is the 20th season the FWAA has honored Freshmen All-Americans.

The Freshman Coach of the Year is Colorado’s Karl Dorrell, who led the Buffaloes to their first winning record since 2016 at 4-2 after Colorado started its conference season 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

… CU Press Release … 

The University of Colorado’s Karl Dorrell was named the Football Writers Association of America’s (FWAA) “First Year” Coach of the Year, an honor bestowed on a head coach in his first season at a school.

                A coach could have been a head coach at a previous school (Dorrell was at UCLA from 2003-07); the FWAA created the honor in 2002 coinciding with its Freshman All-America team to recognize a coach taking over a program and acknowledging the success he had with his new school (or in his new role if promoted from within).

                Dorrell is the 19th recipient of the honor, and he joins a pretty impressive list of names in the business, most notably Tyrone Willingham (Notre Dame, 2002); Steve Spurrier (South Carolina, 2005); Chris Pederson (Boise State, 2006); Chip Kelly (Oregon, 2009), Jimbo Fisher (Florida State, 2010), Urban Meyer (Ohio State, 2012), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma, 2017) and Ryan Day (Ohio State 2019).

                Colorado finished 4-2 for the 2020 season, and though the Buffaloes only played six games compared to other top candidates for the award, CU had to overcome perhaps more than any other school in the country.  The last head coach hired following the 2019 season, Dorrell was named CU’s 27th head coach on Feb. 23.  Between then and when spring football was scheduled to start on March 16, he had to interview the current assistant coaches and put together a staff, meet individually with all the players, get to know the support staff as well as he could, and devise his plan for spring practices, the latter of which were called off when all collegiate athletic competition came to a stop just three days prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

                It would 228 days from when he was hired until he had his first practice where he could actually see his team on the field.  The during the course of the season, the Buffaloes had three games canceled due to COVID issues with other schools, the first a home game against Arizona State in the third week of the season.  Then a game at USC the following Saturday was scratched; not wanting to go three weeks between games, CU athletic director Rick George arranged for a non-conference game against San Diego State.  The Pac-12 did not approve the replacing of a league game with a non-league tilt until the Wednesday night of that week, leaving the Buffs two days to prepare for the Aztecs.  CU won a defensive battle with SDSU, 20-10.

                The third cancellation was the wildest of them all: CU was set to play Oregon in Los Angeles the day after the original Pac-12 championship game between USC and Washington; the game was scheduled there in case the Trojans or Huskies would have to cancel out of the game late.  As it turned out, Washington opted out the previous Sunday night, which put Oregon in the title game and leaving the Buffs with no opponent for the final week of the regular season.

                Colorado did earn a bowl invitation for the first time since the 2016 season, losing to Texas, 55-23, in the Alamo Bowl.  While Dorrell is firm on never making any excuses and did not after the loss, one factor was between season-ending injuries to three key players (two on defense) and COVID issues that finally found their way to the Buffaloes, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, the Longhorns were able to eventually pull away in the second half after leading by just 17-10 at halftime.

                Dorrell was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and the league coaches.  He is 39-29 overall in six seasons as a head coach, including a 27-19 mark in Pac-12 conference games.

                Others likely considered were Appalachian State’s Shawn Clark (9-3 record), Memphis’ Ryan Silverfield (8-3), Texas-San Antonio’s Jeff Traylor (7-5), Hawai’i’s Todd Graham (5-4) and Missouri’s Eli Drinkwitz (5-4).  There were 24 schools with new head coaches in 2020, though Old Dominion opted not compete due to the pandemic.

FWAA FIRST YEAR COACH OF YEAR

2002       Tyrone Willingham, Notre Dame

2003       Steve Kragthorpe, Tulsa

2004       Mike Price, UTEP

2005       Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

2006       Chris Petersen, Boise State

2007       Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College

2008       Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

2009       Chip Kelly, Oregon

2010       Jimbo Fisher, Florida State

2011       Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

2012       Urban Meyer, Ohio State

2013       Gus Malzahn, Auburn

2014       Bryan Harsin, Boise State

2015       Tom Herman, Houston

2016       Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Clay Helton, USC

2017       Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma

2018       Josh Heupel, UCF

2019       Ryan Day, Ohio State

2020       Karl Dorrell, Colorado

Early enrollee Tyrin Taylor ready to contribute

From the Daily Camera … This month, Tyrin Taylor is going through a major life change.

One of the newest Colorado football players, Taylor graduated high school early, left his home across the country for the first time and is embarking on his college journey.

“I was (nervous) a few months back,” he told BuffZone before moving to Boulder. “But now it’s kind of like, it’s what I’ve got to do. Plus, I like to put  myself in uncomfortable situations anyway, because if you don’t do that, you can’t grow.”

Taylor is looking forward to a lot of personal growth, on and off the field, at CU.

One of 17 players who signed national letters of intent with the Buffs in December, Taylor is one of six newcomers this month. Also joining CU this semester are fellow prep signees Drew Carter (quarterback), Zephaniah Maea (linebacker) and Erik Olsen (tight end); junior college transfer Trustin Oliver (safety); and Tennessee transfer JT Shrout (quarterback).

Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback from Huntersville, N.C., saw an opportunity to get a jump on college.

“It was important to me to come in early basically to adjust,” he said. “You get there early, a few more months before the other guys, so that’s a big plus. Plus you get to play in the spring game if we have one this year. So that was a major part of it, as well. Just to get familiar with the coaches and everything, the college life and everything like that.”

… Throughout the season, CU cornerbacks Mekhi Blackmon and Christian Gonzalez played well and Taylor said he enjoyed watching them. Now, he can’t wait to compete with them in practice.

“I liked (watching them), realizing I could be a big part of it, as well, in the DB room,” he said. “I’m ready right now.”

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Oklahoma website: Barnes “a solid player with bright spot moments”

… Considering that Barnes is leaving the Sooners, the temptation would be to say that he had no value, but this website praised its departing player … 

From SoonersWire.com … Another Oklahoma player who had previously entered the transfer portal has announced his new home.

Former linebacker Robert Barnes announced on Sunday night that he would be heading to the mountains and joining Colorado out of the Pac-12.

Originally a safety, Barnes made the move to linebacker prior to the beginning of the 2020 season. Although, he did still play some safety sporadically throughout the year.

In 27 career games with the Sooners, Barnes accumulated 77 total tackles with 54 of those coming in his breakout 2018 season. He also picked up two career interceptions.

A solid player with bright spot moments peppered throughout his tenure, this move should provide Barnes more consistent playing time in the 2021 season. He and his new Buffaloes teammates will open their season at home against Northern Colorado on September 3rd.

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January 17th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Ask and ye shall receive: CU picks up former five-star safety/outside linebacker from Oklahoma

Barnes stats

Related … BuffStampede.com has confirmed senior inside linebacker Akil Jones has entered the NCAA transfer portal, after four years at Colorado. Head coach Karl Dorrell hinted on Friday that Jones was likely to play out his final year of eligibility elsewhere. Jones became a father to a son, Adonis, in early December. His son lives in New Jersey.

After battling a number of different injuries as an underclassman at CU, Jones emerged as a starter midway through his redshirt junior campaign in 2019. His 61 tackles ranked second on the team. Jones recorded 18 tackles in four games of action during the abbreviated 2020 regular season …

From BuffStampede.com … The Buffaloes will welcome a former 247Sports five-star prospect to the mix. After four years at Oklahoma, Robert Barnes plans to transfer to Colorado. He announced the news on Twitter Sunday night.

Barnes will join the Buffaloes as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining. He played in 25 games, including nine starts, as a safety for the Sooners before transitioning into more of an outside linebacker role. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Barnes had eight tackles in 2020, but most of his action came on special teams.

Barnes was ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s third best safety prospect coming out of Southlake (Texas) Carroll in 2017. He was a U.S. Army All-American and was invited to the finals of The Opening.

When Barnes was still in high school, 247Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks wrote, “Barnes has been described as a ‘smart player’ who keeps everything in front of him and rarely overpursues. Consistent tackler in both wrap-and-drag and big-hitting abilities.”

Off the field, Barnes was an Academic All-Big 12 second-team honoree in 2018. His father Reggie Barnes played linebacker at Oklahoma between 1989-92.

Antonio Alfano arrested on harassment; resisting arrest charges

From the Daily Camera … A University of Colorado Boulder football player who isn’t currently practicing with the team is facing charges on suspicion of harassment and resisting arrest in Broomfield, according to online court records.

Antonio Alfano, 20, a CU defensive end, was arrested in Broomfield on Jan. 7, court records show. The charges are both misdemeanors. Records show he has no other charges issued against him in Colorado.

CU Boulder spokesman Joshua Lindenstein released a statement in response to Alfano’s arrest.

“We are aware of the charges against Mr. Alfano, and we take such allegations very seriously,” the statement read. “The charges have been reported to our Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance in accordance with university policy for further investigation.”

Lindenstein confirmed that Alfano is part of the football team, but hasn’t been medically cleared to play with the team, because he has been experiencing seizures.

Broomfield police spokesperson Jennifer King-Sullivan said Alfano was released Jan. 8 from Broomfield County Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond. Court records show Alfano is scheduled for an arraignment Feb. 10.

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January 16th

… CU in a few minutes … 

YahooSports: CU has a “roster filled with potential”

From YahooSports.com … Colorado coach Karl Dorrell had a thought while flying back with his team from a lopsided Alamo Bowl loss last month.

”How far we have to go,” he said Friday in a wrap-up video call.

That’s why Dorrell hasn’t taken much time off since the 55-23 loss to Texas closed the chapter on his first season in Boulder. He’s evaluating everything, from coaches (the team recently let go of their defensive coordinator) to schemes to players as they build off a 4-2 campaign.

”It was a good measuring stick of where we are as a program, and we’re not close to where we need to be,” said Dorrell, who w as named the Pac-12 coach of the year. ”I’m going to make sure our staff does a really good job of, with a fine-tooth comb, going through everything we’ve done – to scrutinize the good, the bad and the ugly.

”I’m trying to get our program to be as good as it can be and at a level it should be.”

He’s already counting down the days to spring practice, which is tentatively scheduled for the end of March. Dorrell, who was hired in February after the sudden departure of Mel Tucker to Michigan State, didn’t have a spring session last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a roster filled with potential as the Buffs turned in their first winning season since 2016. Back on the field will be returning starting quarterback Sam Noyer, although, he’s recovering from a shoulder injury. He will compete with freshman Brendon Lewis, who flashed his skills during his first action of the season at the Alamo Bowl. Waiting in the wings is recent Tennessee transfer J.T. Shrout.

Also back will be Jarek Broussard, the league’s offensive player of the year in his return from two knee injuries.

Some of the best news Dorrell received was a call from standout senior linebacker Nate Landman, who tore his Achilles against Utah and missed the bowl game. Dorrell figured Landman was letting him know he was moving on to the next level.

Instead, Landman, one of Colorado’s all-time leading tackers, announced he was returning to campus.

”An extremely pleasant boost,” Dorrell said. ”He knows there’s unfinished business.”

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January 15th

… CU in a few minutes …

DL Mustafa Johnson declares for the NFL Draft: “It’s my time”

From the Daily Camera …  Mustafa Johnson always knew he would be going to the NFL. In his mind, it wasn’t a matter of if, but when.

Now he knows.

“It’s my time,” Colorado’s standout defensive end told BuffZone.

On Friday, Johnson announced that he will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Buffaloes and enter the NFL Draft, scheduled for April 29-May 1.

Although he was a senior this season, Johnson could have come back to CU for the 2021 campaign because the NCAA granted all players an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson, who turns 22 on Feb. 16, seriously considered a return, but decided to pursue his dream.

“It just came down to this is the best option for me,” Johnson said. “I’ve been thinking about it, obviously, since the season ended. I had it in mind already. I just wanted to play in the bowl game and see how things went out. Then I just started weighing pros and cons of how this year went for me, what I’ve already done. It came down to opportunity. I don’t want to risk injury for another year. All those different things, really.”

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Transcript of Karl Dorrell’s Season Wrap-Up Press Conference 

Transcript courtesy of BuffStampede.com

CU adding Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

From CUBuffs.com … CU Boulder Athletic Director Rick George this week increased the athletic department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with the announcement of a new associate athletic director position that will oversee DEI efforts within Athletics.

The role of associate athletic director for diversity, equity and inclusion is posted on the university’s jobs website, with applications being accepted through Jan. 20.

The new senior leader will report directly to George and be responsible for supporting, developing, managing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that promote and foster an accessible, welcoming and affirming environment.

Last year, George elevated the role of CU Athletics’ diversity and inclusion officer to a member of his executive leadership team for the first time when Alexis Williams was hired as associate athletic director for external operations.

“We feel like creating this new full-time position to lead DEI efforts within the department is the next step in ensuring that we continue to build a culture in which diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the recruitment, development and performance of both our staff and student-athletes,” George said.

Last summer, student-athletes and Athletics staff established a racial and social justice task force called CUnited to assess what the athletic department was doing well in relation to race and diversity, where there were gaps, and what actions could be taken to help eliminate bias and promote diversity within the department. CUnited is focused on taking action for racial and social equity by acting as catalysts for anti-racist education, reinforcing accountability and delivering a commitment toward buidling an anti-racist Buff community that ensures empowerment, equity and inclusion for all. CUnited includes student-athlete representatives from each of CU’s 17 sport programs. The group’s educational efforts have included bringing in speakers and holding a voter registration and education drive.

The athletic department, in partnership with the Student Recreation Center, annually hosts the Inclusive Sports Summit, which includes speakers, panels and presentations and aims to spark dialogue around a wide range of social issues.

The new associate athletic director will build on and guide these efforts, as well as develop a diversity, equity and inclusion action plan to be incorporated into the department’s strategic plan. The role will also partner with CU Boulder’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) to ensure alignment with campus efforts.

Teresa Hernandez and Lisa Flores, co-chairs of CU Boulder’s IDEA Council, reiterated the significance of this move: “This is exactly the effort that CU needs. DEI work has to occur across campus, and we applaud Athletics for their leadership,” said Hernandez. Flores agreed, noting that this new position will continue to signal to the campus and community that the university is committed to creating a culture of belonging for all.

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January 14th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Safety Derrion Rakestraw and running back Jaren Mangham enter Transfer Portal

From the Daily Camera … Three more players from the Colorado football team, including two on scholarship, put their names in the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday.

Starting safety Derrion Rakestraw and running back Jaren Mangham are intending to transfer, along with freshman walk-on quarterback Michael Chandler II.

… One of the longest-tenured players on the team, Rakestraw played in 42 games during his career at CU – more than anyone on the current roster – and was a starter at safety for the last 15 games.

… This year Mangham got lost in the shuffle. Although he was second among running backs in rushing, he had just 35 yards on 23 carries. He dressed for all six games, but did not play in two of them, including the Alamo Bowl.

After carrying the ball 17 times for 24 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games, Mangham had just six carries for 11 yards the rest of the season.

Chandler joined the Buffs as a walk-on last summer following a sensational career at Judson (Tex.) High School.

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Update … Tweet from running back Jaren ManghamI would like to thank the academic staff and the fans of CU for all their support. With that being said I’m entering the portal … 

From BuffStampede.com … Senior safety Derrion Rakestraw and freshman quarterback Mike Chandler II both entered the transfer portal on Thursday, a day after receiver K.D. Nixon declared he plans to play out his remaining eligibility elsewhere.

A converted receiver from Georgia, Rakestraw started 17 games as a defensive back at Colorado after redshirting in 2017. He finished second on the team with 36 tackles during the abbreviated 2020 regular season and he was second on the team with six stops in the 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl.

Chandler joined CU’s program as a preferred walk-on last summer after a standout prep career at Converse (Texas) Judson. He turned down a scholarship opportunity from New Mexico to join the Buffs.

With Rakestraw headed elsewhere, the Buffaloes are expected to return juniors Chris Miller and Isaiah Lewis, sophomore Mark Perry, and freshman Toren Pittman at safety. 2020 signees Trustin Oliver and Trevor Woods will also join the mix and Colorado will undoubtedly be in the market for a transfer at safety.

Six new Buffs are on campus for spring practices

From BuffStampede.com … Six players are beginning their journey with the Buffaloes this week, including the headliner of Colorado’s 2020 class, in-state tight end Erik Olsen.

Olsen, quarterback Drew Carter, cornerback Tyrin Taylor, linebacker Zephaniah Maea, Junior College transfer Trustin Oliver and preferred walk-on Charlie Offerdahl all got settled in their dorm rooms in Boulder on Sunday. They will participate in the number of virtual meetings and get tested for COVID-19 multiple times in the coming days, before meeting with Colorado’s coaches in the Champions Center on Thursday.

“We have a time period where we have a quarantine of sorts,” said Olsen. “It is exciting. It is crazy to think that my future for the next four, maybe five years, starts today.”

“My expectations for myself are to get in there, prove what I can do and get on the field,” Olsen said. “I definitely want to come in and be a major part of this offense.”

Carter has split time between football and basketball growing up, and while he aspires to play both sports at CU, being an early enrollee will allow him to get a jump start on the football side. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound dual-threat from Tigard (Ore.) High is expected to be one of four scholarship players in the quarterbacks group this spring.

“The biggest thing that stands out is his athleticism,” Buffs quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said of Carter. “He is a guy that can get out of some trouble with his legs. He has enough arm talent to make all the throws. We have known about this kid for a long time. We are really fortunate to get him.”

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January 13th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Senior wide receiver K.D. Nixon enters transfer portal 

… Have to look like this as a win/win for both parties … Nixon returned to CU for his senior season in order to improve his draft stock, but only had ten catches for 93 yards this season (with 41 of those yards coming on one catch against Utah; otherwise he had nine catches for 52 yards). Nixon can now go to a school in need of a senior possession receiver, and CU can focus more on its younger stars … 

Tweet from TransferPortal.com … 2017 4-star Wide receiver KD Nixon has entered the portal as a grad transfer after totaling 104 rec for 1,250 yards and 7 TD at Colorado

Nixon will always be fondly remembered for one catch …

… Nixon finishes his CU career ranked 19th in Colorado history in career catches (99) and receiving yards (1,221) … (Note: the numbers are different from the tweet because CU does not count bowl statistics in career calculations) …

Daily Camera lists potential candidates for defensive coordinator

From Brian Howell at the Daily Camera … Now settled into the job, with season No. 1 in the books, Karl Dorrell has a chance to hire a new coordinator. There are bound to be several good candidates, but the best one might already be on staff. Bruce Feldman The Athletic reported that CU defensive line coach Chris Wilson might be a top candidate and it would be a natural fit.

Dorrell hired Wilson in February and he was one of the Buffs’ top assistants this past season. Rumors have circulated that other schools, particularly Miami, could be eyeing Wilson for a spot on their staff. Dorrell could promote him to keep him in Boulder.

With more than 25 years of experience, mostly at Power Five schools or the NFL, Wilson, 52, has been a coordinator once before. He was co-coordinator at Mississippi State in 2010 before being sole coordinator for the Bulldogs from 2011-12.

During those three seasons, MSU gave up 19.8, 19.7 and 23.3 points per game, ranking top 35 nationally each year.

Signed to a two-year deal in February, Wilson had a base salary of $400,000 this past season (before a five percent reduction for COVID-19) and is set to make $420,000 next year.

If Dorrell isn’t looking internally for the next coordinator, however, here are a few names that could come into play:

Gerald Alexander, Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach: He was hired by the Dolphins almost the exact same day (Feb. 20, 2020) that Dorrell left the Dolphins to become the head coach at CU, so they never worked together. However, Alexander spent the past year working with Dorrell’s former boss, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. Considered a rising star in coaching, Alexander, 36, starred at Boise State and was a second-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2007. He played five years in the NFL, spending part of his last year (2011) with the Dolphins – when Dorrell was the teams’ QB coach. Alexander coached defensive backs at Montana State in 2016 and at California from 2017-19 before going to the Dolphins last year. He coached two All-Pac-12 DBs at Cal in 2019.

Tracy Claeys, Virginia Tech linebackers coach: Like Ash, Claeys, 52, has never worked with Dorrell and there are no obvious ties between the two. However, Claeys has a ton of defensive coordinator experience, most recently from 2018-19 at Washington State. WSU’s scoring defense in 2018 (23.3 points per game) was the program’s best in the last 14 years. Claeys was a DC for 17 consecutive seasons, from 1999-2015, at Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Minnesota before taking the head coaching job at Minnesota in 2016. His defenses at Minnesota typically ranked in the top half of the Big Ten. If the veteran coach is looking to get back into a coordinator role, CU could be an option.

Kacy Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach: He’s spent the past 18 years in the NFL and may not want to jump back to college, where he coached from 1994-2002, but Rodgers, 51, does have a long history with Dorrell. They worked for four years together with the New York Jets (2015-18) and four years with the Dolphins (2008-11). A long-time defensive line coach, Rodgers’ only stint as a coordinator came during his four years with the Jets.

DeWayne Walker, Arizona cornerbacks coach: Walker, 60, was just hired by new Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch last week, but could jump at a coordinator opportunity with the Buffs. He was Dorrell’s defensive coordinator at UCLA from 2006-07, and then remained in that role with the Bruins in 2008 under head coach Rick Neuheisel. In 2006, UCLA gave up just 19.9 points per game, a 14.3-point improvement from the previous year and still the Bruins’ best number in the last 27 years. Walker then became the head coach at New Mexico State (2009-12) before spending seven seasons coaching defensive backs in the NFL (Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns). During his career, the California native has also coached DBs at Cal and USC.

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USA Today grades every team: CU leads Pac-12 with a B+

From USA Today … USA TODAY Sports spent the 2020 college football season taking careful notes on the 127 teams that were on the field this fall in the Football Bowl Subdivision. With the year complete, let’s hand out some grades.

It’s time for report cards for the FBS, with marks ranging from the ultra-rare A+ to the utter failure that is an F grade.

That A+ grade was achieved by only a select few teams. Most notable was national champion Alabama, the only unbeaten team, which dominated the College Football Playoff.

Five teams earned an F, including Louisiana-Monroe and Kansas.

Keep in mind that all report cards are graded on a relative curve. As an example, consider Indiana and Central Florida. Both teams finished with six wins, but that total at Indiana represents a more successful season than winning six games at Central Florida.

Likewise with Boston College and Auburn. The Eagles and Tigers went 6-5 during the regular season, which is cause for minor celebration for Boston College (B+) but is seen as a disappointment for Auburn (C-) and former coach Gus Malzahn, who was fired shortly after the end of the regular season.

From the Pac-12 … 

  • Colorado, B+
  • Oregon, B
  • USC, B
  • Stanford, B
  • Washington, B-
  • Arizona State, C+
  • Utah, C+
  • Oregon State, C
  • UCLA, C
  • California, C-
  • Washington State, C-
  • Arizona, F

Plus … 

  • Colorado State, C-
  • Michigan State, C-
  • Nebraska, C-

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January 12th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU defensive coordinator Tyson Summers let go by CU

From the Daily Camera … Tyson Summers’ run as defensive coordinator at Colorado is over.

BuffZone.com sources have confirmed a report by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg that Summers is being let go by head coach Karl Dorrell. According to sources, Summers informed players Tuesday morning that he was being let go.

Several players reacted on social media with surprise that Summers was out.

Safety Isaiah Lewis, arguably the most improved player on defense this season, wrote on Twitter, “Forever thankful for helping me develop my defensive knowledge. Much love coach.”

Summers was hired in December of 2018 by former head coach Mel Tucker and retained when Dorrell was hired as head coach in February.

Summers, 40, had one year remaining on the three-year contract he signed two years ago. He earned $500,000 annually in base salary and will be owed the remainder of his contract by CU. That amount would be mitigated if Summers were to get another job this year.

This is the second staff move off the season by Dorrell, who has elected not to renew the contract of strength and conditioning coordinator Drew Wilson, who had been with the program for five years.

Under Summers’ direction this season, the Buffs ranked 77th nationally in scoring defense (31.7 points per game) and 76th in yards allowed (420.3). Those numbers took a major hit in the Buffs’ 55-23 loss to Texas in Valero Alamo, when CU was missing several players because of injuries and COVID-19 protocols.

During the five-game regular season, the Buffs allowed 27.0 points and 376.8 yards per game.

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Tweet from ESPN reporter Adam Rittenberg … Sources: Tyson Summers is out as #Colorado‘s defensive coordinator. A surprise as Buffs defense excelled and improved in many areas, especially tackles for loss, red zone and third- and fourth-down D. Summers came to CU under Mel Tucker. Hearing Karl Dorrell wants his own guy.

Tweet from Bruce Feldman at The Athletic … Hearing that Colorado defensive line coach Chris Wilson is viewed as a strong internal candidate to become the Buffs defensive coordinator. The 52-year-old Wilson has DC experience from his days at Miss. State.

From FootballScoop.com … After a 4-2 finish in Karl Dorrell’s first season, Colorado is reportedly making a change at defensive coordinator.

Adam Rittenberg tweets that Buffs defensive coordinator Tyson Summers has been let go.

Summers joined the Colorado staff while Mel Tucker was still the program’s head coach, and Rittenberg adds that Dorrell wants to bring in his own guy.

Prior to taking the defensive play caller job in Boulder, Summers spent two seasons as the head coach at Georgia Southern, going 5-7 in 2016 before dropping to 0-6 to start the 2017 season before being let go.

He spent the 2019 season in a defensive quality control role under Kirby Smart at Georgia and has prior defensive coordinator experience at Colorado State (2015) and UCF (2012-14).

While the Buffs defense was giving up nearly 32 points per game this past fall, they did excel in some areas including ranking 13th nationally in 3rd-down defense, and 3rd nationally in 4th-down defense.

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January 11th

… CU in a few minutes …

Possible that Eric Bieniemy gets shut out of NFL head coaching carousel yet again?

From YardBarker.com … Nearly every NFL team with a head-coaching vacancy wanted to talk to Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. In spite of this, the process might end with Bieniemy staying right where he is.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, there is a sense that Bieniemy could be passed over for head-coaching positions, just as he was last offseason. The fact that Bieniemy cannot be hired until the Chiefs’ playoff run has concluded is a factor working against him. If the Chiefs were to reach the Super Bowl again, any team wanting to hire Bieniemy would have to wait another month to install him as head coach. That’s valuable prep and evaluation time lost.

A source also told Florio that Bieniemy is being picky about his career choices. He has reportedly privately said that he will remain with Kansas City until the perfect job opportunity comes along.

There are reports that Bieniemy has a strong preference for one team in the hiring process (Christian Fauria, another former Buff, is reporting that it will be the New York Jets). NFL rules may be working against him, in spite of the fact that five teams have sought to interview him.

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January 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU picks up a preferred walk-on long snapper

Cameron Warchuck, a 6’0″, 235-pound long-snapper from Norco, California, has announced that he will be joining the team as a preferred walk-on. Chris Rubio, who rates such things, has Warchuck ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2021 class (No. 2 in California).

From Warchuck’s tweet … “I would like to announce that I am 110% committed to the University of Colorado! Thank you Coach Dorrell and Coach Reinert for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at the next level! I’m looking forward to my future as a Buffalo!”

Derek Bedell, James Townsend and Cameron Warchuck will be competing for the starting job in 2021. Bedell handled the duties for the last three games of the season. Travis Drosos, who handled the duties for the first three games, entered the transfer portal this past week.

Drosos announced his decision to enter the transfer portal via social media with the following message: “Thank you is an understatement Buff Nation. I enjoyed my time at the University of Colorado and I am thankful for the academic support and the coaching staff for helping me achieve goals I’ve dreamt of since (I was) a kid. After discussing with my family it is best I explore my four years of eligibility elsewhere. I have officially entered my name in the transfer portal and my recruitment is 100% open.”

Incoming freshman QB Drew Carter ready to compete: “I love the direction coach Dorrell is taking the program”

From the Daily Camera … Ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 5 recruit out of Oregon and the No. 17 dual threat quarterback in the country, Drew Carter was a three-star recruit with seven scholarship offers and tremendous upside.

“We’re lucky to get him,” CU quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said on national signing day, Dec. 16. “The biggest thing that stands out is his athleticism. It’s a kid that’s a multi-sport athlete. He’s a guy that can get out of some trouble with his legs and has enough arm talent to make all the throws.”

Carter threw for 6,955 yards and 54 touchdowns during his three-year prep career, while adding 506 yards and seven touchdowns as a runner and leading Tigard to a 30-5 record.

He joins a quarterback room that is expected to include returning starter Sam Noyer, a senior; Tennessee transfer JT Shrout, a redshirt sophomore; and Brendon Lewis, who was a true freshman this past season.

“(Carter) knows that we don’t have a lot of quarterbacks in our program and he has a chance to compete, be elevated on the depth (chart), and maybe be the starter at some point in his career, in an earlier fashion just because he believes in our style of offense and understands what we are trying to build,” head coach Karl Dorrell said on signing day. “He sees himself playing here.”

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Carter was unable to participate in camps this past spring and summer and wasn’t able to take an official visit to Boulder. He did visit on his own to see the area, though, and felt comfortable signing with CU.

“I always said I’m going to go where I’m most wanted and CU really made me feel that way,” he said. “I love the direction coach Dorrell is taking the program. Super pleased with it. I really love the relationship I have with coach Langs and (offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini). … I can’t wait to learn from them and grow as a player.”

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January 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

NFL Regular Season Wrap-up (11 Buffs make post-season)

From CUBuffs.com … The 2020 NFL regular season wrapped up over the weekend with seven teams featuring #NFLBuffs advancing to the playoffs.

Regular Season Wrap-Up

Delrick Abrams Jr. (Atlanta) played in three games on the season on defense and special teams.

Atlanta finished the year 4-12.

Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas) played in eight games this season, starting six. He recorded an interception, five passes defended, a fumble recovery, and 38 total tackles.

The Cowboys finished the year 6-10.

David Bakhtiari (Green Bay) had the third Pro Bowl season of his career in 2020 as one of the league’s best at his position playing in 12 games. He had 420 pass-blocking snaps on the year and only allowed one sack. Bakhtiari entered Week 17 as the fourth highest-graded offensive lineman in 2020, per Pro Football Focus. Bakhtiari also signed a contract extension in November that made him the highest paid offensive linemen in NFL history.

Bakhtiari’s season was cut short after suffering what is believed to be an ACL injury in practice leading up to week 17.

The Packers finished 13-3 as the first overall seed in the NFC, earning a first round bye in the playoffs.

Tony Brown (Washington) played in one game on the season where he appeared on offense for four plays. He was a member of Washington’s practice squad for the other 16 weeks of the year.

Washington clinched a playoff berth with a 7-9 record and will face Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Ken Crawley (New Orleans) played in six games in the 2020 season where he recorded an interception and a pass defended while playing on defense and special teams.

New Orleans finished the season 12-4 and will be playing Chicago on Sunday on Wild Card weekend.

Mason Crosby (Green Bay) was a perfect 16-of-16 on field goals in the 2020 season which is the first time he has been perfect from field goals in his career. He also led the NFL in extra points made going 59-of-63 which was also a career high.

Kabion Ento (Green Bay) spent the season on the Injured Reserve after suffering a broken bone in his foot in August.

Arlington Hambright (Chicago) played in nine games in his rookie season and started one on the offensive line for the Bears.

Chicago ended the season 8-8 and will face New Orleans on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.

Phillip Lindsay (Denver) totaled 502 yards on 118 carries and scored a touchdown in the 2020 season. The running back’s season ended short when he was placed on the Injured Reserve before week 16.

Steven Montez (Washington) did not see any action on the year, but dressed as a member of the active roster for the last three weeks of the season. He spent the rest of the season as a member of the practice squad.

Daniel Munyer (Tennessee) played in three games for the Titans on offense and special teams in the 2020 season. Munyer was waived by Tennessee in November, but was re-signed to the practice squad.

Isaiah Oliver (Atlanta) played in all 16 games on the season and was a starter for 12 games. Oliver totaled six passes defended, a forced fumble, one sack, 70 total tackles, 51 of which were solo, and four tackles for loss.

Devin Ross (New England) was a member of the Patriots’ practice squad for the first five weeks of the season before getting waived in October.

Laviska Shenault Jr. (Jacksonville) played in 14 games and was a starter in 12 during his rookie season. The wideout recorded 58 receptions for 600 yards. He found the endzone five teams which was fifth-most amongst rookie receivers. Shenault Jr. also added 91 yards rushing on 18 carries.

The Jaguars finished the season 1-15 and will have the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jimmy Smith (Baltimore) played in 11 games on the season where he started five. He had a pass defended, one sack, 27 total total tackles, 23 of which were solo, and two tackles for loss.

The Ravens finished the season 11-5 and will play Tennessee in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday.

Nate Solder (New York Giants) opted out of the 2020 NFL season.

Davion Taylor (Philadelphia) played in 12 games in his rookie season which included a start on defense. He totaled ten tackles on the year and seven solo tackles. Taylor’s season was cut short after being placed on the Injured Reserve in early December.

The Eagles finished the season 4-11-1.

Tedric Thompson (Cleveland) played in eight games for Kansas City before getting waived and then signed by Cleveland. He totaled 13 total tackles for the Chiefs. Thompson has yet to have been active for a game for the Browns.

Cleveland finished the season 11-5 and will face Pittsburgh on Wild Card weekend on Sunday. It is the first time the Browns have made the playoffs since 2002.

Josh Tupou (Cincinnati) opted out of the 2020 NFL season.

Juwann Winfree (Green Bay) appeared in two games on the season playing on both offense and special teams. He joined Bakhtiari and Crosby as three players to play for Green Bay this season.

Ahkello Witherspoon (San Francisco) played in 11 games and started four for the 49ers. He recorded an interception, four passes defended, 20 total tackles, and a tackle for loss. Witherspoon started the last three games of the season and during that stretch was second in the NFL in coverage grade, allowed a passer rating of 56.7, broke up three passes, and had an interception, according to Pro Football Focus 49ers.

The 49ers finished the season with a 6-10 record.

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January 8th 

… CU in a few minutes …

Nate Landman lands on another All-American team (Phil Steele); eight Buffs make All-Pac-12 teams 

From Phil Steele.com … Here are Phil Steele’s 2020 FBS Postseason All Amercian and all Conference Teams.

All American:

Nate Landman – Linebacker – Second Team

Pac-12 All Conference

Jarek Broussard – Running Back – First Team

Nate Landman – Linebacker – First team

Sam Noyer – Quarterback – Second Team

Will Sherman – Offensive Lineman – Second Team

Mustafa Johnson – Defensive Lineman – Second Team

Dimitri Stanley – Punt Returner – Second Team

Frank Fillip – Offensive Lineman – Third Team

Carson Wells – Linebacker – Third Team

Dorrell not satisfied: “I’m not happy. We have work to do and our team knows that”

From the Daily Camera … All things considered, the Colorado football team had a successful first season with Karl Dorrell as head coach.

Dorrell isn’t celebrating that success, however.

“I’m not happy with how we ended,” Dorrell said Wednesday on “McChesney Unchained,” a podcast with former CU star and NFL veteran Matt McChesney. “The last two games of the year, we didn’t win, so that’s the taste I have in my mouth. It’s not the taste that, ‘Oh Karl, you had a great year.’ That is far from where I feel right now. We ended the season losing games, so that’s what I’m looking at as I go into ’21.”

CU (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12) opened the season with four consecutive wins, but lost to Utah, 38-21, in the regular season finale on Dec. 12. Then, the Buffs were hammered by Texas, 55-23, in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 in San Antonio.

Dorrell said he told the team after the Texas game, “This is the last time we will look this poorly again, as I’m being the head coach. This is not going to happen. We’re going to be more competitive.”

Because of injuries, COVID-19 issues and a couple player opt-outs, the Buffs had just 49 scholarship players against Texas, but Dorrell said, “I’m not an excuse maker. Whatever we put on the field, I’m expecting we have chances to win with and we just didn’t play at that level at the end of the year.

“There were some steps of progress, yes. No question. Did it end the way it should have ended? No, not at all. I’m not happy. We have work to do and our team knows that”.

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January 7th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Five of the six NFL teams looking for a new coach have interviewed Eric Bieniemy

From YardBarker.com … Every team in the NFL with an open head-coaching position requested to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, except one.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans opted not to put in an interview request for Bieniemy, who interviewed with the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday.

Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy interviewed today for the Jaguars’ HC job, as well as the Jets’ HC position, per source. Bieniemy interviewed for the Chargers’ HC job Tuesday, and Atlanta and Detroit on Monday. He now has interviewed for all teams with HC openings — except the Texans.

Bieniemy is in his eighth season with the Chiefs and third as offensive coordinator. He previously served as the team’s running backs coach from 2013-17.

It was reported by Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline last month that Bieniemy was a strong candidate for the Houston Texans’ coaching job, particularly because he would mesh well with star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Apparently, that’s not the case. Pauline also reported that he could end up with the Falcons.

CU defense, 2020, receives a “B” grade from the Daily Camera

From the Daily Camera … By the end of the 2019 season, the Colorado Buffaloes felt good about the progress they made on defense.

With coordinator Tyson Summers and several key players back, there was hope the progress would continue.

“The defense, in my opinion, has been pretty dominant this camp,” senior linebacker Nate Landman said prior to the Nov. 7 season opener against UCLA. “We’ve gotten better since day one and keep getting better every day.”

Although this past season was shortened and disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Buffs (4-2) did take more steps forward as a defense, led by Landman, outside linebacker Carson Wells, cornerback Mekhi Blackmon and others.

A dismal performance in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 damaged CU’s final numbers. The Buffs gave up 638 yards in the 55-23 loss to Texas, but that came with four starters – including Landman – out with injuries or COVID-19 issues. That left CU with final numbers (allowing 31.7 points and 420.3 yards per game) similar to 2019 (31.8, 441.9).

During the five-game regular season, when the Buffs were healthy, they allowed just 27.0 points and 376.8 yards per game – numbers that both ranked in the top six in the Pac-12.

With Summers leading the way, the Buffs saw Landman play at an All-American-caliber level, while several others, including Wells, Blackmon, Isaiah Lewis and Janaz Jordan took their games up a notch. The Buffs also developed some young players, most notably cornerback Christian Gonzalez.

Overall: The lasting impression of this defense was the Alamo Bowl, but with so many key players out for that game, it’s probably more fair to judge the Buffs on the five-game regular season. During the regular season, CU had a defense that ranked among the top half of the Pac-12 in most major categories. Still, including the bowl game, CU led the Pac-12 in third-down defense (31.76 percent) and was third in the red zone (80 percent). The Buffs also led the Pac-12 and finished seventh nationally with 8.17 tackles for loss per game. CU had some tackling issues late in the year, however, and gave up a lot of big plays. Ultimately, it was a group that was expected to improve from last year and it did. Grade: B.

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January 6th

… CU in a few minutes … 

**Karl Dorrell: Mustafa Johnson and Terrence Lang returning**

From DNVR.com … CU Buffs head coach Karl Dorrell tells @SixZeroAcademy on @DNVRUnChained that the Buffs will return all of their key defensive starters next year. “Nate Landman, Mustafa Johnson, Carson Wells, Terrance Lang, all those guys, they’re all back.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strength and Conditioning Coach Drew Wilson leaving CU

From the Daily Camera … Colorado is parting ways with Drew Wilson, the football program’s director of strength and conditioning for the past five years.

Wilson was working under a three-year contract that is set to expire on Feb. 14. According to a spokesperson from CU, Wilson’s contract, which paid him an annual salary of $220,000, will not be renewed.

Hired Jan. 4, 2016, by former head coach Mike MacIntyre, Wilson worked for three head coaches during his time at CU. Current head coach Karl Dorrell was hired in February and elected to retain Wilson, who has coordinated the strength and conditioning for each player on the current roster.

Prior to coming to CU, Wilson, 42, was the director of strength and conditioning at Maryland for five years (2011-15). He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Connecticut from 2006-10.

Colorado is parting ways with Drew Wilson, the football program’s director of strength and conditioning for the past five years.

Wilson was working under a three-year contract that is set to expire on Feb. 14. According to a spokesperson from CU, Wilson’s contract, which paid him an annual salary of $220,000, will not be renewed.

Hired Jan. 4, 2016, by former head coach Mike MacIntyre, Wilson worked for three head coaches during his time at CU. Current head coach Karl Dorrell was hired in February and elected to retain Wilson, who has coordinated the strength and conditioning for each player on the current roster.

Prior to coming to CU, Wilson, 42, was the director of strength and conditioning at Maryland for five years (2011-15). He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Connecticut from 2006-10.

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Eric Bieniemy listed as the top choice for Falcons and Jets

From CBS Sports … A total of six NFL teams will be looking for new head coaches this offseason, and there are plenty of interesting candidates to choose from. There are proven veterans such as Marvin Lewis and Jim Caldwell who know how to turn franchises around, while there are also offensive wunderkinds who could end up securing a huge promotion, such as Joe Brady of the Carolina Panthers. Then there are the favorites, who are almost guaranteed to find a head coaching job this offseason, including the likes of Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

While there are dozens of coaching candidates who will get chances to wow their potential future employers during interviews, which prospects are considered the best replacements for each team? Which assistant coaches are topping these six teams’ big boards? Below, we will take a shot at identifying each team’s top three coaching candidates.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are in a better situation with their 2021 draft picks than the Texans, but in a worse spot when it comes to cap space. Over The Cap has them at -$24,394,641, which is the third-worst cap situation in the league. They also have an aging quarterback in Matt Ryan, who has a dead-cap hit of nearly $50 million next season that makes him virtually impossible to trade. This is going to be an important hire for the Falcons, as they need someone who can be flexible with the kind of roster they inherit in 2021, but also keep an eye on the future. They need to have a clear plan when it comes to ushering in a new era of Falcons football.

Top candidates: 1. Eric Bieniemy 2. Robert Saleh 3. Raheem Morris

Detroit Lions

The main question when it comes to the Lions is what to do with quarterback Matthew Stafford. He is signed through 2022, but it’s possible Detroit could embrace a full rebuild and look for a new signal-caller this offseason. Apart from that, this coach has to have an idea of how to fix the Lions defense, which was statistically the worst in the league this season. While hiring a defensive-minded head coach didn’t work last time, it’s possible they could try again. I like Saleh in this spot because the 49ers defense was fifth in yards allowed per game this year, and ranked second last year when they made it to Super Bowl LIV.  Plus, with how animated he gets on the sideline, he just looks like a coach that can establish a successful culture.

Top candidates: 1. Robert Saleh 2. Eric Bieniemy 3. Marvin Lewis

New York Jets

That No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft isn’t looking so bad ever since Justin Fields dropped 385 passing yards and six touchdowns on the Clemson Tigers last week, but it’s also possible the team decides to move forward with Sam Darnold under center. The Jets netted some draft picks thanks to the Jamal Adams trade and also have the second-most cap space. I would guess that the Jets look to hire an offensive-minded coach, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they buy into a defensive-minded prospect who is clear and articulate with the kind of culture he wants to implement like a Matt Eberflus or Saleh. Dare I say the Jets have somewhat of a pretty attractive job opening right now?

Top candidates: 1. Eric Bieniemy 2. Matt Eberflus 3. Arthur Smith

 

CU offense, 2020, receives a “B” grade from the Daily Camera

From the Daily Camera … Coming into this season, the Colorado Buffaloes were loaded with question marks on offense.

They lost the program’s all-time leading passer (Steven Montez) to the NFL and had almost no experience to fill that spot. They lost arguably the most gifted athlete the Buffs have had in 25 years (receiver Laviska Shenault) to the NFL.

In addition to Montez and Shenault, they also lost receiver Tony Brown and left tackle Arlington Hambright to the NFL and leading rusher Alex Fontenot to injury.

Throw in a new head coach (Karl Dorrell), new coordinator (Darrin Chiaverini, back in that role for the first time since 2018) and some tweaks to the system and there were bound to be significant growing pains – and, that was before the coronavirus pandemic canceled spring ball and didn’t allow the Buffs to get on the practice field together until early October.

On top of all that, they played the first two games without their top returning receiver (KD Nixon), who was recovering from injury; lost starting tight end Brady Russell to injury five plays into game two; and dealt with injury and COVID-19 issues on the offensive line.

Ultimately, the Buffs (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12) went through some expected struggles on offense and sputtered towards the end of the season, but also showed some progress from 2019, produced the Pac-12’s offensive player of the year and have tools in place to succeed in the future.

Overall: There was plenty to like from this year, starting with Broussard and the effort by Noyer. Statistically, the Buffs were second in the Pac-12 in red zone scoring (91.3 percent; 21-for-23, with 17 TDs) and were fourth in third-down efficiency (46.8%) during the regular season. CU also showed significant improvement over 2019 with 28.5 points per game (up from 23.5 in 2019) and 413.8 yards per game (up from 388.5). The Buffs, however, left much to be desired on offense. They finished ninth in the Pac-12 in scoring, marking the 19th consecutive season they’ve been in the bottom half of their conference, and struggled late in the year. Two games into the year, they led the conference in scoring, at 41.5 points per game, but couldn’t get past 24 in any of the final four games. Chiaverini and the Buffs dealt with significant challenges and ultimately have plenty of room for improvement, but put together a solid season in relation to the challenges and expectations they faced. Grade: B.

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January 5th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Nate Landman: “I have decided to come back and play for CU one more year”

Perhaps the best “recruiting” news the Buff Nation could have hoped for … to get a second-team All-American back to lead the defense … it’s a very good day, Buff fans! …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Sherman: “I feel like I’ve checked all the boxes and now’s the time”

From the Daily Camera … After the 2019 football season, Colorado’s Will Sherman had thoughts of going to the NFL.

The Buffaloes’ left tackle had more to do in Boulder, however. While this past season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, it allowed Sherman to accomplish some goals and on Friday he announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

“My goal, when coming to Colorado, was to be able to play in big games, graduate and then really just make it to a bowl game,” Sherman told BuffZone about his decision. “This season, we ended up getting ranked 21st, making it to a bowl game. Now, just having three classes left until I graduate, I feel like I’ve checked all the boxes and now’s the time.”

… At CU, Sherman was able to achieve many of his goals, even if the finale at the Alamo Bowl wasn’t pretty.

“Everybody was pretty upset,” he said. “Although we weren’t at full strength, we still went into that game wanting to win and compete with Texas and weren’t able to do either one of those things, so everybody was pretty upset.”

It was still a good first season under Dorrell, Sherman said.

“It was very interesting,” Sherman said. “His first practice with us was in October, so it was a pretty rushed year, but I thought everybody just wanted to win. There wasn’t really room for disliking this coach or not liking the way he did this or that because everybody just had one goal and that’s just win.

“I think the team definitely loves coach Dorrell.”

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January 4th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Head coaches’ salaries, 2020: Karl Dorrell’s $3.2 million ranked 48th nationally

From Sports Pac-12 … 2020 Pac-12 head coaching salaries over $3 million …

… Not ranked … Mario Cristobal, Oregon, $2.7 M*; Jonathan Smith, Oregon State, $2.4 M …

  • 16. Kyle Whittingham, Utah$5.3M
  • 22. David Shaw, Stanford $4.8M
  • 24. Clay Helton, USC $4.5M
  • 26. Chip Kelly, UCLA $4.3M
  • 40. Kevin Sumlin, Arizona $3.5M
  • 40. Herm Edwards, Arizona State $3.5M
  • 48. Karl Dorrell, Colorado $3.2M
  • 50. Justin Wilcox, California $3.1M
  • 53. Jimmy Lake, Washington, $3.0M
  • 53. Nick Rolovich, Washington State $3.0M

*No need to feel sorry for Mario Cristobal. He recently signed a six-year contract extension which will pay him an average of $4.55 million per year …

Eric Bieniemy to interview with at least two NFL teams this week

From Arrowheadpride.com … Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has been an NFL head coaching candidate the past two offseasons. Perhaps this third offseason will be a charm.

With the league’s regular season coming to an end on Sunday night, the interview process once again begins on Monday. Bieniemy will reportedly start with the Atlanta Falcons, who will interview him on Zoom, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Falcons said goodbye to Dan Quinn earlier this year.

As Rapoport also notes, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Rober Saleh will also interview with the Falcons on Monday. Bieniemy and Saleh are also expected to interview with the Detroit Lionsaccording to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

The Lions dismissed Matt Patricia earlier this season.

Over the past two offseasons, Bieniemy has reportedly interviewed with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants — and none of those led to a position. He also reportedly turned down an interview from the Arizona Cardinals.

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January 2nd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Jarek Broussard wins Comebacker Player of the Year Award

Press Release from CUBuffs.com …  University of Colorado sophomore tailback Jarek Broussard was named one of three annual recipients of the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, the tri-coordinators of the award announced Saturday morning.

The other two recipients for the 2020 honor were Kenneth Horsey, a sophomore offensive lineman for the University of Kentucky, and Silas Kelly, a senior linebacker at Coastal Carolina University.  The three football student-athletes overcame injury and illness to excel on the field this season.  They were selected by a vote of Associated Press college football writers and will be officially recognized during Saturday’s PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl.

This is the third year of the award, created in 2018 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in association with the Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization.  Three annual winners are selected by a panel of writers, editors and sports information directors from CoSIDA, the AP and Touchdown Illustrated in recognizing college football student-athletes each season from all divisions of college football for overcoming injury or illness, by sharing their remarkable comeback stories.  Student-athletes are nominated by their respective schools.

A member of CU’s 2018 recruiting class, Broussard initially tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in high school, but by the time he arrived on campus, he was still in the in the rehab progression; he thus redshirted that fall.  Then in 2019, near the end of CU’s August camp, he again tore the ACL in the same knee and subsequently had a second surgery and again missed the full season.  He began a second rehabilitation immediately, and would spend the remainder of the fall, all of winter, and then the entire lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Boulder working with CU’s sports medicine staff with his rehab.

After an injury sidelined Alex Fontenot, the returning starting tailback, Broussard moved from third on the depth chart into the top spot by the time CU opened its 2020 season against UCLA on Nov. 7.   He would have a record-setting performance against the Bruins in CU’s 48-42 win, rushing for the most yards (187) in the first game in a CU uniform, as well as for those for yards from scrimmage (208) and all-purpose yards (221).  He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, an honor he would earn four weeks later when he rambled for 301 yards in a 24-13 Buff win at Arizona, just the third 300-yard single game rushing performance in school history.

Also named the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year (by both the AP and the league coaches), he finished the regular season as the NCAA’s second-leading rusher, averaging 162.6 yards per game; three-fourths of the way through the bowls, he’s still third, with a 149.2 per game norm (895 yards in six games) after gaining 82 yards in the Alamo Bowl against Texas.  He became just the fourth player in the NCAA since 1996 to open a career with four consecutive 100-yard  rushing games, with Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson the last to do so in 2004.

“Winning the Comeback Player of the Year Award is a great honor, Broussard said.  “I’d like to thank the Mayo Clinic, CoSIDA, the AP and Fiesta Bowl for making this award possible and honoring me with it.

“First and foremost, this is a team award,” he continued.  “I really need to recognize and thank the support I received from my coaches and teammates, especially my offensive line, and all the people in sports medicine who were with me throughout.  They all believed in me.  Even making a finalist for this prestigious award showed that all the hard work coming back from two knee surgeries was worth it, and winning it is truly special.”

Broussard is CU’s first major national postseason award winner since 2002, when Mark Mariscal won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter.

“I remember back in March, we weren’t sure if he’d be ready by the fall; he wasn’t ready to participate in spring practices had we been able to have them,” Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell said.  “So he was one of those guys that was just on the peripheral of our thoughts, and it was, ‘We’ll see if he’s ready for camp, where he would be in our depth chart, things like that.’

“So for that scenario to happen back in March and how we ended camp, he was our best player in that position,” Dorrell added.  “He’s come a long way, from where we weren’t sure if he was going to be healthy enough to play to becoming the conference’s player of the year, a first-team All-Pac-12 performer and now one of the three comeback players of the year.  A truly great story of perseverance.”

Broussard’s position coach, Darian Hagan, echoed Dorrell’s sentiments, and along the way gave the CU sophomore some very sound advice.

“I am so proud of Jarek, how far he’s come after what he’s been through,” Hagan said. “It takes a lot out of you not only physically but mentally to comeback after one knee surgery, much less two. But he was all-in to do everything he needed to do in his rehabilitation and more, it proves good things can happen when perseverance prevails.

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Star offensive tackle Will Sherman declares for the NFL Draft

From the Daily Camera … The leader of Colorado’s offensive line is heading to the NFL.

On Friday night, left tackle Will Sherman announced on Twitter that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

This year, Sherman moved back to left and anchored the offensive line while becoming one of the team’s top leaders. He was named a captain for two of CU’s six games this season.

Sherman, a 6-foot-4, 310-pounder from Allen, Texas, was named second-team All-Pac-12 by coaches and media this season.

Sherman is just the 11th player in CU history to forgo his senior year and declare early for the draft, but the third to do so in the last four years, joining cornerback Isaiah Oliver after the 2018 season and receiver Laviska Shenault last year.

Each of the previous 10 players from CU who declared early were drafted, including five within the first two rounds.

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January 1st – Happy New Year!

… CU in a few minutes … 

Tennessee transfer J.T. Strout brings a strong arm to CU’s quarterback room

From BuffStampede.com … After three years in Knoxville, California native J.T. Shrout entered the transfer portal and decided to re-enter the Pac-12 footprint. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound pro-style quarterback is expected to enroll at Colorado this spring with three years of eligibility remaining.

Shrout appeared in eight games during his time at Tennessee, and started one game in 2019, after redshirting as a true freshman. He threw for 494 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions with the Volunteers.

“He has a really strong arm,” said Patrick Brown, who covered Shrout as beat writer for GoVols247.com. “I was really impressed with his ability and accuracy pushing the ball down the field. He will allow you to take shots down the field, and he can make all the throws.

“Where he was a little bit up-and-down at Tennessee was sometimes he would force throws into coverage, especially if he got pressured. And sometimes he would throw a fastball when he didn’t need to go with the fastball. But, again, he has a really good arm.”

Ranked as the No. 67 prospect in California on the 247Sports Composite coming out of William S. Hart Senior in Newhall, Calif., in 2018, Shrout was initially committed to Cal before flipping to Tennessee late during his recruitment.

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Green Bay star offensive lineman (and former Buff) David Bahktiari lost for the season

From CBS Sports … The Green Bay Packers reportedly suffered a huge loss as the team prepares for their regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears. On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Packers star left tackle David Bakhtiari suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice. The belief is that he tore his ACL, which will unfortunately cause Bakhtiari to miss the Packers’ 2020 postseason run. Bakhtiari was a surprise addition to the Thursday injury report, as the Packers said that he was a limited participant with a knee injury, but the team offered no other details.

In November, Bakhtiari agreed to a four-year extension worth up to $105.5 million. The deal made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in league history with an average base salary of $23 million. Bakhtiari was originally drafted by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Colorado, and has made three Pro Bowls. This season was just the third in his career where he failed to start in all 16 games.

Bakhtiari has been one of the best pass-blocking tackles in the NFL this season. According to PFF, he has allowed just one sack on 420 snaps when protecting Aaron Rodgers in the pocket.

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December 31st 

… CU in a few minutes …

QB battle brewing this spring for Buffs

From the Daily Camera … In the 55-23 loss to No. 20 Texas, the Buffaloes got their first look at their potential quarterback of the future. True freshman Brendon Lewis came off the bench to lead the Buffs (4-2) to their only three touchdowns.

The first quarterback in school history to make his collegiate debut in a bowl game, Lewis completed 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards and ran nine times for 73 yards and a touchdown.

“I think he came in (during) some difficult circumstances and engineered a couple good drives,” Buffaloes head coach Karl Dorrell said. “He’s been doing a lot of that stuff in practice. It’s good to see him kind of gain some experience, gain some confidence knowing that he belongs at this level, and to play against a good program, to have the kind of success that he had.”

Lewis’ performance adds to the intrigue surrounding CU’s quarterback competition going into the 2021 season. The Buffs now have more experience at the position than they did going into this season, but they’ve got just as much uncertainty as they look ahead.

First on the agenda is figuring out Sam Noyer’s status. A fifth-year senior, Noyer won the starting job in preseason camp and started all six games. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA has granted an extra year of eligibility to all players, so Noyer can return for a sixth year if he chooses. He has not made the decision public.

… If Noyer does return, he won’t be guaranteed the starting job.

“Any starter that’s a returning starter, he’s got to prove that he’s deserving to be the starter,” Dorrell said. “We need to build the depth of our program, to challenge our depth that’s in those starting positions. Every year is always a different year. We’re going to build it the best way we can with the best guys we think can help us be successful.”

… In addition to Noyer and Lewis, the Buffs are expected to add two scholarship quarterbacks in January.

Incoming freshman Drew Carter, from Tigard (Ore.) High School, signed his letter of intent on Dec. 16 and will enroll in January.

Earlier this week, JT Shrout, who spent the past three seasons at Tennessee, announced his decision to transfer to CU. A redshirt sophomore, Shrout has three seasons to play. In eight career games, including one start, Shrout completed 37-of-69 passes (53.6%) for 494 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions at Tennessee.

CU also has three walk-ons, including true freshman Michael Chandler II, who was a dual-threat star at Judson (Texas) High School.

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Roster moves: Buffs pick up a 6’7″, 300-pound offensive lineman; lose Jason Harris

Ben Reznik , a 6’7″, 300-pound offensive lineman from Deerfield, Illinois, has announced he is joining CU as a preferred walk-on. Eastern Michigan proved to be his only FBS offer. Rhode Island offered him, as did Jacksonville State and some other smaller schools but he flew largely under the radar and/or did not generate any big-time interest.

Here is a link to Reznik’s Hudl.com highlights

Reznik’s tweet announcing his move … I am proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and football career at the University of Colorado Boulder. I would like to thank my family, friends and coaches for the support and the love they have given to me. I wouldn’t be here without them. 

Meanwhile …

One of the top rated signees in Colorado’s 2020 recruiting class has entered the transfer portal after spending the fall semester in Boulder. Defensive end Jason Harris announced his decision to seek a new destination via Twitter on New Year’s Eve. 247Sports’ Chris Hummer confirmed Harris in the portal. Harris did not play during his true freshman season.

Harris’ tweet announcing his move … “I would like to thank the University of Colorado administration, coaching staff, academic support, teammates and fans. After multiple discussions with my family, I will be entering the transfer portal. Thank you and God bless!”

Football Writers name Nate Landman second-team All-American

… Landman one of only two Pac-12 players named to the team (joining Oregon DL Kayvon Thibodeaux on the second team) … 

From the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) … The 2020 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team, presented in partnership with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, is headlined by five players from Alabama on the first team and more than half the first team coming from the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. There are 19 schools represented from eight Football Bowl Subdivision conferences on the first team, including 10 players who are competing in the College Football Playoff later this week.

Since 1945, the FWAA team has been among the five used in the NCAA’s selection of an annual consensus All-America team in college football. Since the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.

2020 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QBTrevor Lawrence, Clemson6-6220Jr.Cartersville, Ga.
RBBreece Hall, Iowa State6-1215So.Wichita, Kan.
RBNajee Harris, Alabama6-2230Sr.Antioch, Calif.
WRJaelon Darden, North Texas5-9174Sr.Houston, Texas
WRDeVonta Smith, Alabama6-1175Sr.Amite, La.
TEKyle Pitts, Florida6-6240Jr.Philadelphia, Pa.
OLWyatt Davis, Ohio State6-4315Jr.Bellflower, Calif.
OLLiam Eichenberg, Notre Dame6-6302Gr.Cleveland, Ohio
OLKenyon Green, Texas A&M6-4325So.Humble, Texas
OLAlex Leatherwood, Alabama6-6312Sr.Pensacola, Fla.
CLandon Dickerson, Alabama6-6325Sr.Hickory, N.C.
DEFENSE
DLJaQuan Bailey, Iowa State6-2261Sr.Jacksonville, Fla.
DLTarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina6-2260Sr.Aiken, S.C.
DLDaviyon Nixon, Iowa6-3305Jr.Kenosha, Wis.
DLRashad Weaver, Pitt6-5270Sr.Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
LBZaven Collins, Tulsa6-4260Jr.Hominy, Okla.
LBJoseph Ossai, Texas6-4253Jr.Conroe, Texas
LBJeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame6-1215Sr.Hampton, Va.
DBAhmad Gardner, Cincinnati6-2188So.Detroit, Mich.
DBKyle Hamilton, Notre Dame6-4219So.Atlanta, Ga.
DBTiawan Mullen, Indiana5-10176So.Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DBPatrick Surtain II, Alabama6-2202Jr.Plantation, Fla.
SPECIALISTS
KJose Borregales, Miami5-10205Sr.Miami, Fla.
PPressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech6-0255Sr.Alcolu, S.C.
KRAvery Williams, Boise State5-9195Sr.Pasadena, Calif.
PRMarcus Jones, Houston5-8185Jr.Enterprise, Ala.
APTravis Etienne, Clemson5-10205Sr.Jennings, La.
FIRST TEAM ONLY BREAKDOWN
Combined by School (19): Alabama 5, Notre Dame 3, Clemson 2, Iowa State 2, Boise State, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Iowa, Miami, North Texas, Ohio State, Pitt, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa.
By Conference (8): ACC 8, SEC 7, American Athletic 3, Big 12 3, Big Ten 3, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1.
By Class: Senior/Graduate 14, Junior 8, Sophomore 5.
By Home State (15): Florida 6, California 3, Texas 3, Georgia 2, Louisiana 2, South Carolina 2, Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin.
2020 FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Offense: QB Mac Jones, Alabama; RB Sincere McCormick, UTSA; RB Jaret Patterson, Buffalo; WR Jonathan Adams, Arkansas State; WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State; TE Hunter Long, Boston College; OL Kayode Awosika, Buffalo; OL Brady Christensen, BYU; OL Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech; OL Trey Smith, Tennessee; C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa. Defense: DL Patrick Johnson, Tulane; DL Jaelan Phillips, Miami; DL Darius Stills, West Virginia; DL Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon; LB Tavante Beckett, Marshall; LB Nick Bolton, Missouri; LB Nate Landman, Colorado; DB Trevon Moehrig, TCU; DB Greg Newsome, Northwestern; DB Tykee Smith, West Virginia; DB Shaun Wade, Ohio State. Specialists: K Cade York, LSU; P Jake Camarda, Georgia; KR Chris Smith, Louisiana; PR Jeremiah Haydel, Texas State; AP Dwayne Eskridge, Western Michigan.
COMBINED FIRST AND SECOND TEAM BREAKDOWN
By School (39): Alabama 6, Notre Dame 3, Ohio State 3, Buffalo 2, Clemson 2, Iowa 2, Iowa State 2, Miami 2, West Virginia 2, Arkansas State, Boise State, Boston College, BYU, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana, LSU, Marshall, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Oregon, Pitt, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas State, Tulane, Tulsa, UTSA, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan.
By Conference (10): SEC 12, ACC 11, Big Ten 7, Big 12 6, American Athletic 4, Sun Belt 4, Conference USA 3, Mid-American 3, Pac-12 2, Mountain West 1, Independents 1.
By Class: Senior/Graduate 23, Junior 19, Sophomore 12.

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December 30th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buff roster count low enough that Alamo Bowl could have been canceled

From the Daily Camera … Even before kickoff on Tuesday night, the Colorado football team was fighting an uphill battle.

For various reasons, including injuries and COVID-19 protocol, the Buffaloes had just 49 scholarship players available for the Valero Alamo Bowl, a 55-23 loss to No. 20 Texas.

Although the Pac-12 set a minimum threshold of 53 scholarship players to play a game, teams have the option to play anyway. CU met the positional requirements of at least one quarterback, seven offensive linemen and four defensive linemen.

Asked if there was a point in which he thought CU might not be able to play, Buffs’ head coach Karl Dorrell said, “I don’t make that decision. That’s the people – the medical people, our doctors, the (athletic director), all that stuff. I just try to do the best I can with what I have.”

CU does not release specifics on players affected by COVID-19, but Dorrell said in the days leading up to the game that the Buffs had been impacted by the virus.

“We did lose some depth in certain areas, but everybody’s dealt with that over the course of the season and it’s kind of one of those things that we continue to battle,” Dorrell said.

… While it’s unknown which players were out due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, the Buffs were missing several players who were not previously known to have injuries, including: defensive backs Nigel Bethel, Mark Perry and Jaylen Striker; defensive linemen Terrance Lang and Jalen Sami; linebackers Devin Grant, Marvin Ham II and Mister Williams; offensive linemen Josh Jynes and Valentin Senn; and tight end Alec Pell.

Star backer Chris Miller was out, as well, after tweeting last week he was dealing with COVID-19 symptoms.

In addition, the Buffs were without several injured players: linebacker Nate Landman, tight end Brady Russell, guards Chance Lytle and Kanan Ray and defensive lineman Lloyd Murray Jr.

Receiver La’Vontae Shenault was suspended for the game, while freshmen Ashaad Clayton and Keith Miller III opted out of the bowl game.

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Play of freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis lone bright spot for Buffs

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado quarterback Brendon Lewis made his debut one to remember Tuesday night, even if the Alamo Bowl final score turned out to be one the Buffaloes would like to forget.

Lewis came on in relief of starter Sam Noyer and engineered three touchdown drives in a 55-23 loss to Texas, a game that ended the Buffs’ season with a 4-2 record.

The 6-2, 225-pound true freshman finished the night 6-for-10 for 95 yards passing and he also ran nine times for 73 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. His first collegiate pass was a 26-yard completion to Dimitri Stanley that set up CU’s first touchdown of the night and his first run was a 7-yard gain on a scramble up the middle.

 “He was the bright note of tonight,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. “He came in in some difficult circumstances and engineered a couple good drives. It’s good to see him gain some experience, gain some confidence, knowing that he belongs at this level and to play against a good program and have the kind of success that he had. I’m very encouraged by his performance today, no question.”

Lewis did not play in Colorado’s five regular season games. But after the Buffs came up empty on their first six possessions Tuesday, including two that ended on Noyer interceptions, he trotted into the huddle and immediately made an impact.

… “It’s like the end of the tunnel of all this stuff we’ve been managing and monitoring for day to day purposes,” Dorrell said last week. “As soon as this game’s over, hopefully with a victory, and we can put this year behind us, I’d like to exhale.”

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Full transcript of Karl Dorrell’s post-game remarks

From CUBuffs.com

Opening Statement
“I think defensively, they did some positive things in the first half and, unfortunately, we know both sides of the ball weren’t working well with each other, we didn’t have enough continuity and maybe some drives and scoring some points offensively. I think our defense had a lot of plays and they started the second half in a tough spot with a couple of plays, and in a series that went for a touchdown. We did not play well. There’s no  sugarcoating it at all.”
On almost not having enough scholarship players
“Yes, we were short a lot of people but you know me now and I don’t make any excuses. We got to play and figure out how to do it with what we got. And I was expecting us to play better than that. I was expected to be more competitive. I was expecting a lot of it to be better than what it looked like so it just shows me I got a tremendous amount of work to do. And really, that is what it is- there are no excuses.”
On if recent games show the amount of work that needs to be done
“This game tells me how much further we have to go. Our tackling was poor and our inefficiency on offense and we didn’t take care of the football. These are the things we’ve been preaching and talking about and we didn’t improve in those areas. It’s unfortunate and we have got a lot of work to do.”
On the overturned targeting flag on Sam’s slide
“From my understanding, I felt Sam was sliding. At the time of where he was giving up himself on the gain and usually when you slide like that feet first, he’s showing that he’s given himself up, so I thought that was definitely a foul. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Some people saw differently.”
On if there’s any excitement about the program after this  loss
“It is hard for me to imagine any excitement right now. I’m just being honest. I’m not feeling excited about anything. Even the games that we won this year, it’s really what did we do last and what’s the final impression. Those are the things that I have my mind on right now. The way I look at it is we got a tremendous amount of work to go. We got development; we have a number of issues that we got to get cleaned up. Both coaches and players. I’m gonna have a lot of work to do this offseason.”
On Sam Noyer’s throwing issues tonight
“I think he had a great week of practice. He was hitting all those throws in practice. It just didn’t happen today. He wasn’t sharp and it was unfortunate because we felt he was going to be. He had one of those weeks of practices that kind of showed the performances that he was making in the first couple games of the season. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out that way. We have just a tremendous amount of work to do. Not to take anything away from Sam because he’s come a long way. Like I said, he was a former safety that we moved back to quarterback and he did some really good things for us, but for us to be a program that we’re expecting ourselves to be, we got to be better in a lot of areas and our execution on offense has to be better and defensively we have to do a lot of things better. We just did not play at a level that I was expecting this team to be today.”
On Brendon Lewis’ performance
“He was probably the bright note of tonight, I would believe. I think he came in in some difficult circumstances and engineered a couple of good drives. He’s been doing a lot of that stuff in practice and it’s good to see him gain some experience, gain some confidence, knowing that he belongs at this level and to play against a good program and to have the kind of success that he had. I’m very encouraged by his performance today, no question. I’m sure he’ll learn from this, in terms of putting that feather of confidence in his hat that he can move forward and continue to develop and feel like he’s a very qualified quarterback at the college level. It was great, he was kind of the bright light of the offense. He kind of engineered a couple positive drives and I think it kind of engineered the team a little bit, so hopefully that’ll be something that’s good for him to carry into the offseason and keep building on going into spring practice.”
On Jarek Broussard’s condition   
“I think that he’s fine, he had a little bit of a shoulder issue, with a little stinger, but I think that he was able to come back into the game and play.  He is fine, like you said he had a nice touchdown.  I think it was tough getting a consistent run game tonight, and I think he worked hard.  He did as best as he could given what was out there for him tonight.”
On how close he thinks Colorado is to being the same skill level as Texas   
“We still have a ways to go, there is no question about that.  We have got to get a couple good recruiting classes in, which we have started to do.  It is going to take probably two or three years to get at the level that we need to be.  We feel like we are the type of program that should be on the national level.  This was a good measuring stick on how far we need to go, that is what it is.  We did not have as many of our scholarship players here, but we still have so much work to do in a number of ways.  We just need to put our heads down and get to work this offseason.  Keep improving week after week and day after day and continue to build this team.  Build their confidence, build their skill sets.  There is a lot of things that we need to do but it starts with just working hard and having a good mindset going into this offseason.”

On how the quarterback competition will look in the offseason
“I think that we are going to work through spring practice.  Sam (Noyer), I do not know if he is going to be available because he may have to have some surgery, but we are going to develop the whole football team.  It is not just his position, we have got to get better in so many different areas, everywhere.  I think everything is always open for competition.  Everything, every position.  We want to play with the best players at every spot, every year is a new year.  Any starter that is a returning starter has to prove that he’s deserving to be the starter.  We need to build the depth of our program to challenge our depth that is in those starting positions.  I think that every year is always a different year.  We are going to build it the best way we can, with the best guys that we think can help us be successful.”

 

On if there was ever a though Colorado would not be able to play   
“I don’t make that decision.  That is for the people in the medical facility, and the doctors, and the AD and all those people.  I just try to do the best I can with what I have.”


On when he will know which players will be returning

“I do not. I will eventually talk to those guys when we get back from the winter break.  We will sit down and talk about what their goals are and what our goals are, and we will see how things work out after those discussions.”

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71 Replies to “Colorado Daily”

  1. So when do we start hearing some good news ? The last two games were busts and now all we see is attrition. Need to see something that tells us people want to play and coach for CU and Dorrell.
    So far not so much

    1. Nate Landman – returning
      Terrence Lang – returning
      Sam Noyer – returning
      Kary Kutsch – returning
      Former five-star linebacker/safety from Oklahoma – coming in
      Tennessee quarterback – coming in

      CU has had six players enter the Transfer Portal since the season ended, including Tyler Lytle, who ended up at UMass, arguably THE worst FBS program in the country (translation: 128 other FBS programs passed on our departed QB). We’ll have to see where the other players land, but I’m guessing they won’t be picked up by Top 25 teams.

      Half of the Pac-12 has already hit double digits in transfers out – and that does count the opt outs before the season or the NFL early entries.
      CU’s losses have been average, or even below average.

      The Buff Nation has had two days worth of good news … CU women take down No. 1 Stanford … Boyle’s Buffs on a four-game winning streak … Coach Dorrell adds (another) Coach-of-the-Year award … Buffs add a former five-star player at a position of need (with two years of eligibility remaining) … McKinley Wright first Pac-12 player in over a decade to have five POTW awards … Buffs a 5/6 seed in the bracketology … CU sweeps basketball weekly awards (Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week in both men’s and women’s basketball) …

      I’ll worry about the CU roster after spring practices and the spring transfers give us a better idea of what the 2021 roster will look like. Until then, I’m going to take the good news as it comes …

      1. Doesn’t matter Stu. No matter how much success/good news comes from B-ball or Olympic sports the football lemmings will tie themselves up in emotional knots over what Karl Dorrell had for breakfast or what some 3* recruit tweeted about his offer sheet.

          1. ep: Indeed I have sir. Most enjoyable CU team I’ve watched since the Alec Burks, Cory Higgins squad in Tad’s first year. Here’s hoping that Covid doesn’t cancel the season as I would love to see Wright IV get a chance to play in the tourney.

        1. Lemming? Never heard of em. My only worry? The inverse relationship theory between men’s bball and football at CU. Practically proven. Not even theoretical. If it holds we may be in trouble this fall. And that is some serious analysts right there folks.

          Go Buffs

  2. Active week to say the least…HCKD is definitely putting himself out there with all this churn, this is HIS team moving forward. A bit concerned as it seems some of the attributes deemed ‘positive’ last year are out the window i.e. continuity, even-keeled consistency (Sr. leaders transferring…misread on folks coming back on D). Understand he said last year, is last year…but culture and habits are built over long term consistency. At this juncture hard to feel like we are in a better place than the start of last season football-wise.

    1. Not skeered right now. One super short year with precious little time to prepare even for that isnt exactly a foundation for consistency. What KD is doing now seems more like laying that foundation to me….and it appears he aint wasting any time or effing around. Its gonna be his way or the highway which from what I have read is the Saban way too. Time will tell fi KD has to hit the hughway but right now I like what appears to be his attention to every detail and trying to correct all the things that arent up to his standards. Under the conditions that were I’ll take that 4-2 season anytime but once again the Buffs were exposed in the last 2 games. You have to wonder if Summers was riding on Landman’s shoulders. I also wonder if Rakestraw’s defection was due to his loyalty to Summers above the team/school.

  3. I’m curious why everyone else is out hiring defensive and other coordinators and
    Coach seems to think there’s plenty of time. Sounds a lot like what we have been dealing with the last 10 years.
    Can only hope I’m wrong

    1. lyrics from an old blues tune…”never make your move too soon”
      Over half these guys that are being gobbled up will be looking for a new job in 2 years
      What I find interesting is the nepotism factor that is on the rise

  4. Crazy time
    Mangham appears to be another 4 star rating exposed. He is exactly one reason why I dont really get excited about transfers or the portal. You are taking a big chance on getting an underperformer or a malcontent who feels entitled.
    Sorry to see Chandler go. He seemed to have great potential. Maybe as a walkon he couldnt afford the cost of attending. I remember my tuition and books costing a little under 600 dollars for a semester. Add to that the miniscule coast of Mrs. Boone’s boarding house (which has been scraped for new condos) and college was a financial breeze. These days kids are racking up 200,000 n loan debt when beer used to be the biggest part of the budget. Inviting in a questionable player like Shrout also seemed like a vote of no confidence.
    And Rakestraw…whats up with that? Was he a locker room problem? Sometimes i wonder if there is some under the table crap going on like another school telling him they will take him before he enters the portal.
    Do we really need any more tight ends? Russell will be back, we got a bunch injured that should be back and Olsen coming in.
    Seems to me like if e are going to the portal we should be looking for another linebacker or possibly an O lineman like Hambright. There are probably a lot more good ones of those guys to choose from than QBs.
    I sure hope Langsdorf lives up to his credentials. Seems like he got Noyer off on the right foot….for a little while.
    Bottom line I feel you should give the guys who went to the dance with you in the first place first chance as opposed to someone cutting in on them…..especially when that someone doesnt seem like much of an upgrade.

  5. Interesting tweet by Mangham

    Thanks the academic staff and the fans

    Not the coaching staff

    Later on in his timeline someone said “go where your appreciated”

    His response “Say that one more time”

    Uh Oh what’s going on at the home of the Buffalo??

    1. No need for conspiracy theories …
      2019 … Mangham had 107 carries for 441 yards and three touchdowns.
      2020 … Mangham had 23 carries for 35 yards – a 1.52 yards/carry average – with his longest run going for five yards.
      And we have to wonder why a kid from Detroit might feel unappreciated, and want to be closer to home?
      Hard to keep 85+ players happy all the time. Mangham knew he wasn’t going to be a featured back at CU, and is looking for more carries. Best of luck to him.

      1. Hey Stu

        Fact.

        He didn’t thank the coaches. Go read the other ones. they all thanked the coaches.

        Just seemed funny. You called it a conspiracy not me

        Sheesh being locked at home must be getting to ya.

        Happy up man

        1. Not locked at home, my friend.
          My office has never closed.
          Still working the day job … while still providing a free forum for you.
          You’re welcome.

          1. Agree Stu. Next year Mangham would be no better than 4th on depth chart behind Broussard, Fontenot, and Clayton. I don’t blame him for leaving and hope does well elsewhere. But we’ve heard this tune before. Lest we forget Houston and Scott.

          2. That’s nice Stu. I contributed you you online dealo. so not totally free.

            Anyway. Gave my CU at the game hat to my son. He goes to CSU. Doing some pimping

            Go Buffs

          3. Don’t worry, Stu. VK was all in on Karl as recently as two weeks ago. It will be at least two more before he starts the steady drumbeat for his ouster.

            Go Buffs

      2. Easy to see all year, Mangham was not in top shape and showed no burst nor ability to make anyone miss.

        Agree with everyone, Derion is a bit alarming as I thought he would be back to lead our backend next year w/a chance to go to get drafted.

  6. I wish KD Nixon nothing but the best. I smile at the memory of the flea flicker vs. Nebraska, of course. But I also recall that it was KD Nixon – and not the coaches – who stood up after the self-immolation vs. Oregon State in 2018 when the Buffs snatched defeat from the jaws of a 4-touchdown/3rd quarter lead. Kid played the game of his life and then displayed leadership skills post-game that his HC did not.

  7. It’s interesting to note how many DBs from UCLA and Arizona that are in the transfer portal and were originally recruited by Demitrice Martin. UCLA and Arizona were his last 2 coaching stops before he joined CUs staff last year. Maybe he lands some of them to help out our secondary?

    Even if not, it is impressive to see the caliber of players he has landed in the last few years.

  8. I for one have been a little disappointed so far on the seeming lack of desire to get any upgrades via the Transfer Portal. Pretty much all of the teams we will play next season are very active in the portal. Utah especially has been busy bringing in 2 QBs and a RB. The Buffs obviously don’t need any more running backs, but we do still need an elite QB, maybe an experienced pass catching TE (we have good depth, but not sure on how they will perform this next season), and should always be on the lookout for good linemen on both sides of the ball.

    Thoughts? Should CU be more active in bringing in new players via the Transfer Portal, or are we good for next season?

    1. Erik,
      I would also say I have been disappointed to date. This seems like a good year – winning record, 2nd place division finish, bowl appearance – to make some progress in the transfer portal.
      Still some time to go, but it certainly has been quiet to date …

    2. You got me curious so I took a trip to he portal to see what I could see. What I saw was not a whole lot available. The only one that caught my eye was Jack Allison and he made the decision today to attend Liberty (gag)
      We have Drew Carter who is an amazing athlete
      We have Chandler who had amazing high school stats.
      We have Lewis who was impressive in his first appearance in a high pressure national stage
      We also have Langsdorf who has a QB development rep…even though he was unfortunately probably instrumental in bringing Shrout on board.
      I will wait and see what Shrout does but right now my opinion is …meh. Not much of a splash but more of a ripple.
      I would rather see one of the fist three, who were the first three to go with us, get the first reps.
      Yeah they are young but y’all have heard how I hate the seniority bias.

    3. How do you get an elite qb in the portal?

      I guess jt daniel may be considered elite by some. But most elite guys play or go to the nfl, or play then go to the nfl.

      Can you strike it rich? Sure. But I think the logic of getting your guys and developing the program vs hiring mercenaries that may or may not pan out, makes sense. And we have seen dorrell isn’t ignoring transfers. Just not the end all be all, either.

      Go Buffs

          1. c,’mon earache. Why are you always trying to put words in my mouth? I was talking n generic terms about the portal QBs. Or maybe its just that you have to have the last word on these threads ….something I have noticed

  9. This is big news but I am not surprised as now is the time to evaualte the staff.
    Tyson did a decent job the last 2 years, i sure look forward to some more color on this (don’t think he had a lot of experience as DC, did he ?)
    I am a fan of a swarming tough, defense with swagger so it would be nice to get someone in here that can raise the ceiling – remember Leavitt, that was fun….

    Don’t disagree on comments about DC as OC, but he sure has value on the staff obviously great recruiter, so a hard one to figure out. Doesn’t Langsdorf have OC/playcalling exp ?
    Go Buffs

    1. I think Chev IS one of KD’s guys. KD was Chev’s position coach back in the day. Some of his play calling seems illogical but maybe he needs some more seasoning. He didn’t get much mentoring when old Mickey Mac was here and he wasn’t OC during Midnight Mel’s brief tenure.

      1. Yes, I would like nothing more than to see Chev as a great OC at CU for a long time.
        2021 will be a very interesting season to see how the staff and players continue to gel and perform on both sides of the ball.
        Go Buffs

  10. I watched the YouTube of Brian & Matt & I agree with them that Dorrell has his guy already & (hopefully) Chris Wilson may be the new DC & he would be a great upgrade. Nothing against Summers, he did a good job, but after listening to them talk about Wilson & his coaching style I think the Buffs could take another step or two forward with him.

    They also talked about Wilson getting attention elsewhere, what are those rumors?

    Is this a push by Dorrell to keep Wilson, who he hired & to get his guy in the position? Coming in late, it made sense to keep staff as much as possible to easy the late transition.

  11. only watched the first half of the game last night but that was enough to make me expect the Ohio St. DC get fired too. Dont want him here. It was almost like he didnt know Smith was even on the field

  12. wont acknowledge Summers departure until I hear KD say it but that being the case I hope it doesnt get some of the returning players to reconsider.
    If true it sounds like KD took on Summers and possibly other coaches (Chev?) on probation this year and to reduce any confusion brought on by new coaches with new systems so late in last season.
    Stay tuned we may see a whole new Buffs…..
    Be really shocked if Rodrigue goes

    1. I would really be surprised if KD Let Rodrigue go, after all he was one of KD first hires and our O-line played well this year considering all the injuries he had to deal with. I would not be surprised if there was some discussion taking place about offensive play calling……………. can you hear me Darrin C??

      1. I was hoping Chev was being hamstrung by Micky Mac in his first go round as OC as the play calling, bad as it may be now, was hideous back then. There were also time it seemed like Montez was trying to force the ball into Jay on contiguous plays a few times at least once culminating in a pick.
        It was hard for me to believe that a guy who trained under the air raid system was so stodgy with his play calling and mundane play design…..but now I am wondering too.

        1. Pretty sure you were convinced macintyre hamstrung Chev. But doesn’t matter. Need a qb. Chev? Maybe. Love his recruiting and passion. Don’t know enough to assess his game planning and calls.

          Go Buffs

          1. The counterpoint to myself is didnt Chev have Mahomes at tt? Was Chev only receivers coach there? Don’t recall.

            Love the guy as a Buff. Hope he finds a way to kill it as OC.

            Go Buffs

    2. I liked Summers blitz schemes, risky sometimes but there was some swagger and made it fun to watch. Worried about the D studs coming back for another year and if they were misled and will have a change of heart.

  13. Just read that Tyson Summers has been let go!! Article by Adam Rittenberg @ ESPN! WOW…..I wasn’t expecting that along with Drew Wilson not being retained. I’m assuming KD has done a post season analysis of strengths and weaknesses and feels he can do better with different coaches in those areas. I wonder if Darrin C. might also be let go or reassigned to receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Is hiring a new offensive coordinator next? Darrin C’s play calling left me scratching my head more often than not this past season.

    1. Summers = hit peter principle
      HCKD understands that

      As far as chev goes, he myabe in the same boat. Especially watching some of these play designs and play calling of the really good teams.

      Mein Gott.

      And I don’t mean usc or washington……………….

      Buffs

      1. You are funny.

        Go Buffs

        Ps- for sark? Easier to look good when you are coaching the nfl’s 33rd team, in college. But it isn’t me that likes his offensive mind. It is defensive coordinators who have to stop him. What do they know? Would have been interesting to see him in Boulder. He would not have been a lifer. Unless…

        More go Buffs

  14. Great news on everybody coming back, many thought they knew for sure that Johnson was leaving. This is a very nice surprise. Let’s see how the outside pundits respond to the news all of these quality players staying on.

  15. I wonder if Drew Wilson’s departure was mutual or one-sided? I do know (and called) that CU’s trait of wilting at the end of a season’s grind was partly traced to strength and conditioning and KD needed to look at it. The only season I can recall where CU was getting stronger was Midnight Mel’s and it was no coincidence that the players said it was the toughest off-season ever. But it was a major part of Wilson’s job to ensure that was the case every year. Head coach sets the tone also, but it’s the S&C coach’s raison d’être.

    I thought Dorrell’s interesting use of pronouns (“I” more than “we”) after Texas meant he was looking at some changes and not afraid to make them. Due to the late start he, by necessity, had a lot of this staff retained. However, after now having 1/2 season of evaluations and 1/2 game experience under him he is now looking at the whole smash.

    Next up is Chev. We all love him for his CU ties and recruiting, but in two plus seasons as a offensive coordinator he has been average. The numbers speak for themselves, especially in conference games. Chev has to evolve as a playcaller when teams have game film on him. Can’t continue to have the Chev(y) offense that is a high-performance Corvette at the beginning of the year and a rusted old Vega on blocks at your great aunt’s property next to the old Studebaker at the end. (Relax Stu–I’m not calling for his head; just improvement).

    Summers is getting a lot of his key guys back which is good. He’s got to step up and continue to improve as well.

    A lot of respect for Dorrell. Looking at everything and willing to make changes. My guess it won’t be the last.

    Go Buffs

    1. I am not certain yet as I haven’t rewatched the whole season yet but my initial impression is that Chev’s offense needs a very strong qb. Perhaps unreasonably strong. He needs a qb that is willing to read option aggressively and run with some purpose (Noyer was amazing at this while Montez was really poor). He needs a qb that once he decides to run is fast enough to stress a defense (think get 15-20 yards and not 5 and slide, again this is where Noyer was really good and Montez was barely adequate). Lastly, he needs a qb that is accurate and can make all of the throws. Becuase his offense does not let the qb have free reign on altering the play at the line of scrimmage it means the ability has to be able make the throws that Chev calls. This is where Noyer really struggled after he was injured. Opposing defenses basically lined up in cover 1 with 3 linebackers towards the end of the season. You can beat this defense with throws but the throws you make are some of the more difficult ones. Noyer just couldn’t make them at the end of the season. Maybe it was becuase of the injury, maybe he just could not pick up the ilb dropping into zone under the man coverage.

      My point though is finding a qb that can do all of this is really tough. Especially for a team that is a perennial cellar dweller (these days). Look at Hagar and Johnson back in the day. These were running qb’s in a running offense. Or look at the qb’s that leach takes, highly accurate but not mobile. We are not going to get the Lawrence’s or Fields as an recruits, but you can find a qb that can do some of that great and build an offense around that. I think that this will be Chev’s challenge this off season. Noyer cannot make the throw that Chev’s offense needed him to. Chev needs to find a way for his qb to crack cover 1 without that throw, otherwise we are in for a long season next year.

        1. The enduring mystery for me this season was after Noyer got hurt against UCLA and his performance started to degrade the rest of the way after Stanford (granted they were winning and Broussard was carrying the load) that this staff didn’t give Lewis some game experience. They must have thought he was way behind on having a handle on the offense, reading defenses, etc.. but he didn’t look lost against Texas. I think he may be one of those guys who is just a gamer.

      1. Fair point Rob.

        Here is Danny Langsdorf preseason:

        “We will adapt to the skill-sets of each player…” While CU will have a base system on offense, Langsdorf said they’ll “play to the “strengths of the quarterback on the field.”

        “We don’t want to get into a situation where we’re trying to do something and a guy is really struggling with that,” he said. “That’s not really fair to him or our team, so we will definitely tailor it and cater to the starter. I’m not sure how this will play out, but if they’re all good enough to play then we’ll have a package for each of them and see what happens from there and see which is the best, but we will definitely work towards having a system that will be quarterback friendly.”

        So is it a case of Chev not having a QB to fit “his” (emphasis on his) system as you say, or Chev & co not fitting “their” system to the QB strengths as they said they were going to do (and most successful teams do)? I distinctly remember Chev saying after UCLA that his was a “QB friendly offense” and taking a dig at the previous staff for checks at the line and such.

        And they never did give Lewis game time to figure out what his strengths were. Lost opportunity.

        1. Thanks for bringing that back up. I should pay more attention to coach speak. You know I agree about Lewis. You dont know just how good the QB is really going to be until he is on the real stage.
          All this talk about “packages” bothers me. They all say its to make the players job easier but me thinks another design is to make the coach’s job easier. I just wonder if the end result is putting the offense and the QB in a straight jacket…..making it easier for another coach…the opposing D coordinator.
          Having a QB that is aware enough to change the play at the line of scrimmage based on the D’s positioning would seem to be as valuable as a strong passing arm. This of course goes against the coach’s need for discipline and control and hopefully not micro managing.

  16. Fantastic news from landman!!! I also read that Patu is still solid to sign in Feb 🙂

    With the recruits, I hope the coaches have been driving home the evidence that Dorrell won’t jump ship when he has success here.

  17. If I could ever talk to Nate Landman I would say: I am so sorry for your injury. I truly believe your dreams of playing in the NFL have just been delayed. I have enjoyed watching you play since you stepped on the field as a Freshman and I am excited to watch one more year of your outstanding play for our Buffs before I get to watch you in the NFL. Keep your head down on rehab. It hurts more than the injury but you’ll get through it and come back stronger for it.

    1. Well said. I would say, stretch. Do yoga. Stretch some more. Keep stretching. Flexibility is key. Do yoga. For ep, yoga is what the kids do now to stretch.

      Go Buffs. Glad Nate is coming back, and I hope it pays off bigly for him.

      Go Buffs

  18. Wow. Sark to Texas. Gonna be interesting to watch. Was making at bama almost head coach at CU money. That is at least on reason he said thanks, but no thanks, I guess.

    Looking forward to seeing what Karl and co do next year, too.

    Go Buffs

    1. Yup. We’ll see if wonder-boy Sark has grown into someone that can run the entire show. Did I miss something or did Herman coach the game from up in the box? I thought that was odd for the HC.

    2. Never could understand your fascination with Sark. Must be your Washington connection. 5 years, 34 and 29 never better than third in the north. Dorrell 5 years at UCLA 35 and 27. Pretty much the same deal. Except HCKD is the silent assassin, and Sark the loudmouth drunk. (hopefully he is over that and can handle the whorn job without the greatest coach ever leaning on him.)

      Go Buffs…………….get this frigging virus outta here…………..if this is the new normal, I am glad I am 74 and not 34………………..( Still way younger than az and ep for sure)

      Never offered……………………Never rejected

      Never refused CU. Never offered.

      Anyway

      1. You may have read this. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/30250885/no-outrunning-alabama-steve-sarkisian-ready-another-head-coaching-job Written back in November. I hadn’t seen it until last weekend. People think he is a great offensive mind and play caller. Can he run a program successfully? We’ll see. And even keel Karl? Could definitely be a silent assassin type. We’ll know more on both next year. And later this year, I guess.

        Go Buffs

  19. Howell still seems to be holding on to his perceived constant the the older guy has to always be the better QB. At least he concedes that there will be a legitimate battle over the starting spot next year.
    I disagree. It would be one thing if Lewis had come in the game against Ft Lewis College with the Buffs leading by 30 or 40 and look awesome tacking on a few more touchdowns. Instead it was on the national stage against a superior team. In other words a pressure charged situation.
    Unfortunately Howell is far from alone in his seniority bias. Too many coaches seem to be the same way. The Alamo Bowl was a perfect picture of that. I read somewhere the Thompson kid as also third string. You could have put a Packers jersey on him and swore that really was Rogers out there.
    I am also struck by the irony at USC. Daniels comes in as a freshman but so overhyped there as no way he could live up to expectations. So they turn to another freshman who is been lauded as the best QB in the conference.
    I dont know and never met Noyer but I think I see a couple of things in him on the tube that remind me of the coach’s kid we had at QB many years ago. Maybe its the politics of the day but TV coverage more an more focuses on the coach, QB or whatever player goofs it up right after the play. It must be the staring at the car wreck syndrome they are appealing to. When Noyer throws a pick or overthrows a sure TD I see from him a cavalier, ho hum, no big deal look on his face. A positive attitude is a great thing to have and everyone always says you have to move on from the mistake but you also have to be a predator out there. Its a game of aggression and forcing your will on your opponent. Tip toeing through he tulips only goes so far. This goes back in my mind
    to the time CH was playing leapfrog on the sideline with another player while the team was getting their butts handed to them on the field probably expecting his father would protect his job as long as he could. The other thing that reminds me of the coach’s kid was that the accuracy disappears after 20 yards. CH just didnt have the arm but it appears Noyer doesnt have the long range touch.

  20. I am sure Jason Harris is a pretty good player.

    Have a good day, good luck and GOOD-BYE

    That is all.

    Okay not. Note: Hopefully you can get on the field with Arizona…………lots of openings.. Thanks for trying to Be Buff.

  21. Congrats to Landman! Well deserved! His importance to our defense and the difference he made has been clear in the last 2 games. Some NFL team is going to be so lucky to draft him in the later rounds knowing he has to rehab a year…. maybe we will get lucky and the Broncos will be that team.

    1. do you think Rivals et al will retroactively adjust their ratings? Then again with what happened with Noyer I guess waiting a little longer on Thompson would be the cautious thing to do.

      1. Happy New Year.

        These analyst people kind of created their own business. Who the hell would pay to get their info when you can get it all right here…………………….just a little later.

        Reading their stuff is kind of interesting……………They appear to be one big fraternity who do a lot of kissing each other up………….so to speak.
        Buffs.

        Note: They go their algorithims. Hell who hasn’t

  22. btw
    make it 4 touchdowns that Noyer overthrew if you include the one in the end zone.
    I was getting pretty sick and tired of the never ending Ehlinger tribute by the announcers (but they know who most of the listeners are) Funny thing is when he got hurt and his back up came in the back up made Ehlinger look more like Noyer. That kid looked like the second coming of Mahomes.
    Every stinkin pass was smart bomb on target. The Buffs secondary played strong but when there is that kind of accuracy ……..? I had to turn the game off with 11 minutes in the 4th when he hit the long bomb for a td catching the receiver perfectly in stride.
    And speaking of QBs I am happy for Brendon Lewis and the Buffs for finally joining other PAC teams who have thrown a freshman on to the field with good results. I would also like to thank Lewis for making me look good as I have been pushing for some PT time for him even before the season started.
    Funny how that works. Both teams last night played back ups who made the starters look like monkeys. Pressure in real game time is a different animal than pressure in practice.

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