Transfer Portal Tracker

January 21st 

Oregon star running back Travis Dye transferring to USC

From ESPN … USC has added running back transfer Travis Dye, who led Oregon in rushing and receptions this past season.

Dye, who entered the transfer portal last week, joins the Trojans as a graduate transfer. He rushed for 1,271 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2021, and led Oregon with 46 receptions.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Dye earned honorable-mention All-Pac-12 honors in each of the past two seasons. He took over for the injured CJ Verdell as Oregon’s primary ball carrier in October, and he had 153 yards and a touchdown in the Ducks’ Alamo Bowl loss to Oklahoma.

Dye became one of the Pac-12’s most versatile players at Oregon, recording 3,111 career rushing yards, 869 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.

USC recently has added several notable transfers under new coach Lincoln Riley, including wide receiver Mario Williams and cornerback Latrell McCutchin from Oklahoma, cornerback Mekhi Blackmon from Colorado and running back Austin Jones from Stanford. The Trojans are replacing leading rusher Keaontay Ingram, who is entering the NFL draft.

USC also remains one of the favorites to add Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams, who entered the transfer portal Jan. 3 and played last season for Riley at OU.

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January 20th

Former Alabama offensive lineman Tommy Brown joins the Buffs

Tommy Brown – OL

Just the facts … Brown is a 6’7″, 315-pound offensive lineman who comes to CU from Alabama … 2018 Rivals bio2018 247 Sports bio

What others said about Brown … Brown was considered to be a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a part of the Recruiting Class of 2018. Brown, who played for national high school power Mater Dei in California, was listed as No. 13 offensive tackle in the nation, the No. 29 player out of the state of California, and the No. 196 player nationally. At 247 Sports, Brown was rated as the No. 4 offensive guard in the nation, the No. 17 player out of California, and the No. 132 player nationally. (For comparison, CU’s highest rated player in the Class of 2018 was Dimitri Stanley, considered to be the No.438 player nationally).

This past season, Brown played in 10 games, mostly as a reserve and on special teams, but he made one start at right guard. Seeing time at both tackle and guard, as well as on special teams, he played in 28 games during his four seasons with the Tide.

Brown will still have two years of eligibility remaining to play in Boulder.

Out of high school, Brown had other offers from … over 18 Power Five conference teams, including Colorado. Before signing with Alabama, Brown entertained offers from over half of the Pac-12 conference, including Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Washington State, Arizona State, and California. Other offers came from schools like Michigan, Auburn, Florida, Missouri and TCU.

From the Daily Camera … A former four-star recruit with a national championship ring is coming to Boulder.

On Thursday, offensive lineman Tommy Brown announced that he is transferring from Alabama to play for the Colorado Buffaloes. A graduate transfer, he has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Listed at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, Brown played the past four seasons at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff national title in 2020 and CFP runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2021.

This past season, Brown played in 10 games, mostly as a reserve and on special teams, but he made one start at right guard. Seeing time at both tackle and guard, as well as on special teams, he played in 28 games during his four seasons with the Tide.

A 2018 graduate of Mater Dei (Calif.) High School, Brown was a four-star recruit and rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 5-ranked guard in the 2018 class. He had 17 scholarship offers, including from CU and six other Pac-12 schools, as well as six SEC schools.

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January 19th

OL Chance Lytle makes it 20 CU scholarship players in the Transfer Portal

From the Daily Camera … Colorado offensive lineman Chance Lytle has decided to play his final season of college football elsewhere.

On Wednesday, Lytle put his name in the NCAA transfer portal after five seasons with the Colorado Buffaloes. The NCAA did not count the 2020 season toward eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so Lytle has one bonus season to play.

During his time at CU, Lytle played in 30 games with four starts. He played 88 snaps on offense last season. He started the season opener but saw only 46 offensive snaps in the final 11 games.

The 6-foot-7, 340-pound Lytle was slated to be CU’s only senior offensive lineman for the 2022 season.

The updated CU list:

To date, there are 20 scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Offensive lineman Chance Lytle (1/19) … (one year of of eligibility left) … Started in the 2021 opener; but in for only 46 snaps the remainder of the season … New home: TBD …
  • Wide receiver DiMitri Stanley (1/18) … (two years of eligibility left) … Stanley was fourth on the team with 15 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown … Stanley started seven games in 2021 … New home: TBD
  • Safety Chris Miller (1/18) … (one year of eligibility left) … Started in the opener, but was injured for 10 of the remaining games in 2021 … New home: TBD
  • Punter Josh Watts (1/18) … (one year of eligibility left) … 66 punts in 2021 – 47.79 average (6th in the nation); 39.5 net … New home: TBD
  • Running back Jarek Broussard (1/13) … (two years of eligibility left) … Led the Buffs in rushing with 661 yards on 142 carries, with two touchdowns … New home: TBD
  • Offensive lineman Kanan Ray (1/12) … (two years of eligibility left) … Was in for 145 plays in 2021 … Started first two games; did not play in final five games … New home: TBD …
  • Running back Joe Davis (1/11) … (three years of eligibility left) … Five carries for 22 yards in 2021 … New home: TBD …
  • Cornerback Mehki Blackmon (1/9) … (one year of eligibility left) … 50 tackles (33 unassisted) … six third down stops … One of four captains … New home: USC
  • Wide receiver Brenden Rice (1/1) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in catches (21) and yards (299) … Led team in touchdown catches (3) … New home: USC
  • Safety Mark Perry (12/28) … (three years of eligibility left) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in plays (761) to Christian Gonzalez … 72 tackles … team leading three interceptions … New home: TCU
  • Cornerback Christian Gonzalez (12/23) … (three years of eligibility left) … Started every game in 2021 … Arguably CU’s best player … New home: Oregon
  • Tight end Alec Pell (12/13) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in ten games in 2021 … One catch for 17 yards … New home: Northern Colorado
  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: Tulsa
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: UT-San Antonio
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: Texas A&M Commerce
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: Central Arkansas
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: Alabama State
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: Sam Houston State

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January 18th 

Punter Josh Watts and safety Chris Miller enter the Transfer Portal

Josh Watts … This may actually make more sense than it appears. Watts was a senior in 2021, and CU signed a scholarship punter in Ashton Logan. It may have been that Watts was never going to be a part of CU’s plans for 2022, and was not expected back (before he set a school record for improvement year-over-year, with his punting average almost seven yards better in 2021 than it was in 2020). Or it may just be that CU is struggling to find open scholarships on their roster for transfers, didn’t feel they could keep two punters on scholarship, and opted to go with the freshman. Or it could be that Watts, who is on pace to graduate in May, wanted to go to a school with a graduate program which CU didn’t offer … 

Chris Miller … Another good example of a mutually beneficial parting. Miller graduated last May, and will be lucky to find a new spot. In his four years in Boulder, Miller was often injured, participating in only 14 games (starting five). Miller started in the 2021 opener against Northern Colorado, but played in only one other game (Minnesota). Despite his potential, Miller was in for only 45 plays last fall (with four tackles) … 

DiMitri Stanley … This one I don’t get. Stanley was a starter for a depleted receiver corps. We’ll see where he lands, but I can see this being another K.D. Nixon situation, where Stanley transfers … and ends up with three catches for 35 yards as Nixon did … 

The updated CU list:

To date, there are 19 scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Wide receiver DiMitri Stanley (1/18) … (two years of eligibility left) … Stanley was fourth on the team with 15 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown … Stanley started seven games in 2021 … New home: TBD
  • Safety Chris Miller (1/18) … (one year of eligibility left) … Started in the opener, but was injured for 10 of the remaining games in 2021 … New home: TBD
  • Punter Josh Watts (1/18) … (one year of eligibility left) … 66 punts in 2021 – 47.79 average (6th in the nation); 39.5 net … New home: TBD
  • Running back Jarek Broussard (1/13) … (two years of eligibility left) … Led the Buffs in rushing with 661 yards on 142 carries, with two touchdowns … New home: TBD
  • Offensive lineman Kanan Ray (1/12) … (two years of eligibility left) … Was in for 145 plays in 2021 … Started first two games; did not play in final five games … New home: TBD …
  • Running back Joe Davis (1/11) … (three years of eligibility left) … Five carries for 22 yards in 2021 … New home: TBD …
  • Cornerback Mehki Blackmon (1/9) … (one year of eligibility left) … 50 tackles (33 unassisted) … six third down stops … One of four captains … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver Brenden Rice (1/1) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in catches (21) and yards (299) … Led team in touchdown catches (3) … New home: USC
  • Safety Mark Perry (12/28) … (three years of eligibility left) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in plays (761) to Christian Gonzalez … 72 tackles … team leading three interceptions … New home: TCU
  • Cornerback Christian Gonzalez (12/23) … (three years of eligibility left) … Started every game in 2021 … Arguably CU’s best player … New home: Oregon
  • Tight end Alec Pell (12/13) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in ten games in 2021 … One catch for 17 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: Tulsa
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: UT-San Antonio
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: Texas A&M Commerce
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: Central Arkansas
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: Alabama State
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: Sam Houston State

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January 16th

Graduate Transfer wide receiver RJ Sneed II added to the roster

From the Daily Camera … One of the top receivers for the Big 12 champs is coming to Boulder.

On Sunday, RJ Sneed II (247 Sports bio, Sneed is considered to be a three-star transfer prospect) announced that he will play his final season of college football at Colorado after spending the previous five years at Baylor.

Also on Sunday, Van Wells, an offensive lineman from C.E. King High School in Houston, announced his verbal commitment to the Buffaloes after spending the weekend in Boulder on an official visit.

Listed at 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, Sneed helped Baylor go 12-2 and win the Big 12 championship game, as well as the Sugar Bowl this season. He was second for the Bears in catches (46) and receiving yards (573) and caught two touchdown passes.

During his career, Sneed has 133 catches for 1,564 yards and eight touchdowns. After playing minimally in 2017 and redshirting in 2018, Sneed finished third on the team in receptions (42) and yards (437) in 2019. In 2020, he led the Bears in receptions (39), receiving yards (497) and touchdowns (three) and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

A 2017 graduate of Cypress Ranch (Tex.) High School, Sneed was a three-star prospect who had 20 scholarship offers, including from Colorado. He had offers from 17 Power 5 schools, including Alabama, Mississippi, TCU, Arizona State, California, UCLA and Utah.

Sneed graduated from Baylor with a degree in health, kinesiology and leisure studies in August of 2020 and has been working on a master’s in sports pedagogy. He will have one season to play at CU and is expected to begin classes this week.

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January 14th

CU picks up an edge rusher from Incarnate Word, Chance Main

From BuffStampede.comChance Main has been on a long and winding road since graduating from Cherryvale High School in Kansas in 2018. His college journey will conclude in Boulder.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Main will join the mix as an edge player in Colorado’s defense. He previously spent time at Independence Community College and Incarnate Word, and he took an official visit to Florida State earlier this month.

“A lot of ups and downs, a lot of uncertainty and questions and communicating with coaches during this process,” Main told BuffStampede.com while making the 10 hour drive from his home in Kansas to Boulder on Friday morning. “Football is a business, colleges are going to do what is best for their program, so at times it has been emotional. You feel like you are so close to getting something and getting what you want but you can still be so far away.

“So, at times it got frustrating, but I feel very happy with where I am at with it now, having an opportunity to go out to Colorado and play my final year of eligibility. Not only that, one of my best buddies (Jamar Montgomery) that I played with at Independence is out there so I am excited to be able to play with him again.”

Main entered the transfer portal eight months ago, after graduating from Incarnate Word. “A lot” of Power 5 programs reached out initially, but they cooled when Main informed them he needed to go in for shoulder surgery.

“Since I wouldn’t be able to play during the 2021 season, they didn’t want to take the chance,” he said. “I couldn’t lift or do anything that I had been doing, so I got down in a little hole there for a little bit. But I dug myself out of it.

Incarnate Word bio2020 (Junior): (Spring 2021)  Appeared in five games and recorded 22 tackles (10 unassisted, 12 assisted)…led the team with four sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss…forced one fumble against Southeastern Louisiana on March 20…named to the Southland All-Conference third-team.

2019 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games and started five… registered 28 tackles with 12 unassisted and 16 assisted… tied a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss for 38 yards, including 2.5 sacks for 15 yards… also recorded five pass breakups and one quarterback hurry… had a season-best eight tackles at SFA… had a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss twice, first against Lamar (for 10 yards) and then at SFA (for 15 yards).

Previous: Appeared in seven games for Independence CC, accumulating 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks… recorded best statistical game at Highland CC, making six total tackles and recorded a sack for a 12-yard loss on the day… appeared on Last Chance U.

High School: Played varsity for two seasons at Cherryvale HS… put up serious numbers on both offense, as a tight end, and defense, as a defensive lineman… finished senior season 17 catches for 378 yards and eight touchdowns while recording 51 total tackles, five in the backfield, and three sacks… forced two fumbles and recovered one of them as a senior in just nine games played.

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January 13th

Running back Jarek Broussard enters the Transfer Portal

The updated CU list:

To date, there are 17 scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Running back Jarek Broussard (1/13) … (two years of eligibility left) … Led the Buffs in rushing with 661 yards on 142 carries, with two touchdowns … New home: TBD
  • Offensive lineman Kanan Ray (1/12) … (two years of eligibility left) … Was in for 145 plays in 2021 … Started first two games; did not play in final five games … New home: TBD …
  • Running back Joe Davis (1/11) … (three years of eligibility left) … Five carries for 22 yards in 2021 … New home: TBD …
  • Cornerback Mehki Blackmon (1/9) … (one year of eligibility left) … 50 tackles (33 unassisted) … six third down stops … One of four captains …
  • Wide receiver Brenden Rice (1/1) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in catches (21) and yards (299) … Led team in touchdown catches (3) …
  • Safety Mark Perry (12/28) … (three years of eligibility left) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in plays (761) to Christian Gonzalez … 72 tackles … team leading three interceptions … New home: TCU
  • Cornerback Christian Gonzalez (12/23) … (three years of eligibility left) … Started every game in 2021 … Arguably CU’s best player … New home: Oregon
  • Tight end Alec Pell (12/13) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in ten games in 2021 … One catch for 17 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: Tulsa
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: UT-San Antonio
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: Texas A&M Commerce
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: Central Arkansas
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: Alabama State
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: Sam Houston State

Utah star linebacker Devin Lloyd to enter the NFL Draft

From ESPN … Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd will enter the NFL draft, he announced in a social media post Wednesday.

The decision was widely expected after he opted to return to Utah following the 2020 season despite the possibility of being a first-round pick in the 2021 draft.

Lloyd is the No. 8-ranked player overall on ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest big board.

Lloyd was a consensus All-American in the 2021 season, leading Utah to its first Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the Rose Bowl. He is a two-time Butkus Award finalist and was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year this season after finishing the season with 110 tackles, including 22 for loss.

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January 12th

Offensive lineman Kanan Ray joins the list of former Buffs

From the Daily Camera … Offensive lineman Kanan Ray has added his name to the list of players leaving the Colorado football team.

A former four-star recruit, Ray announced Wednesday he has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He is a graduate transfer and will have two seasons to play.

Ray is the 17th scholarship player from CU to enter the transfer portal since September and the 13th since the season came to a close on Nov. 26. Despite the high number of transfers, CU is still projected for 83 scholarship players in 2022, just two below the NCAA maximum. The Buffs are looking to add several players through the transfer portal or the high school ranks.

A star at Sierra Canyon (Calif.) High School, Ray originally signed with UCLA and head coach Jim Mora as a member of the 2017 class. Ray then grayshirted and delayed his enrollment until January of 2018. Mora was fired after the 2017 season and replaced by Chip Kelly and Ray elected to transfer to CU before enrolling at UCLA.

At CU, Ray played for three head coaches (Mike MacIntyre, Mel Tucker and Karl Dorrell) and four offensive line coaches during his four seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Ray played in 22 games, partially on special teams, during his time with the Buffs. He did start three games at guard, however, including two this past season. After rotating at right guard with Casey Roddick early last season, Ray was relegated to a backup role for the second half of the campaign. He played 140 snaps on offense, but did not see the field the last five games.

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Washington State template: How boosters secured one of the top quarterback transfers

… And where are the CU boosters? No reason this couldn’t (shouldn’t) happen in Boulder … Bueller? …  Frye? … Anyone? Anyone? … 

From Cougfan.comNEWLY COMMITTED Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward will be highly visible in Coug Nation in the coming months but not just because of his work on the football field. Via the independent business networking organization CougsFirst!, which encourages Cougs to do business with fellow Cougs, Ward once enrolled will be doing promotional work for the likes of Valley Buick GMC in Auburn, Coug Housing property management and CougsFirst! itself — as well as commentary for Cougfan.com, among other endeavors.

It’s all allowed under the NCAA’s NIL (name/image/likeness) rules in which college athletes can be paid for endorsements and more.

The NIL package for Ward, who starred at FCS Incarnate Word the last two seasons, was crafted in a whirlwind of collaboration late last week and over the weekend among dozens of WSU alums, including an array of one-time Cougar football players.

“This started with a phone call from Paul Sorensen,” said Jack Thompson, the WSU legend who co-founded CougsFirst! 12 years ago with fellow WSU football great Rob Tobeck and devout WSU donor and advocate Glenn Osterhout.

“Paul is incredibly well-wired in the FCS football landscape for obvious reasons and he put out a call to arms here in the Cougar family about Cameron,” Thompson noted.

Sorensen, a WSU Hall of Famer and periodic CF.C columnist, has been broadcasting FCS games at Eastern Washington for two decades and built a nationwide network of connections.

“Paul called and said, one, FCS or FBS, Cameron Ward is the real deal. And two, he knows on good authority that NIL considerations are a very real part of his recruitment at some other schools,” Thompson said.

Ward is rated by 247Sports as one of the nation’s top 10 transfer portal recruits. Last season, the 6-3, 220-pounder from West Columbia, Texas, was 384 of 590 passing (65 percent) for 4,648 yards with 47 TDs while leading Eric Morris’ Incarnate Word Cardinals to a 10-3 record. The Cards advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs and nearly knocked off No. 1 Sam Houston State.

COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO WARD, Sorensen late last year began securing pledges from fellow WSU football alums to create “some sort of modest NIL pool of funds so student-athletes weren’t stuck eating Stan Webb’s pellet-filled chukar at the end of the month like I was when I was playing ball,” he said. “More than 40 guys have stepped up to be part of our pool but we were a ways off from formally launching anything.

“When I learned what WSU was up against in recruiting Cameron Ward, I called Jack because CougsFirst! started work months ago to create a formal NIL organization — the Cougar Collective —  around which Coug Nation can coalesce in support of NIL opportunities. CougsFirst! has the structure and credibility to make things happen quickly. And that’s exactly what transpired here this week. Jack and Rob took the bull by the horns, and our modest group folded our pledges into those efforts.”

Jed Collins ran the point for CougsFirst! in pulling together a kitchen cabinet of business owners and allies (including one-time Super Bowl winners Brett Carolan and Mark Rypien) and then communicating with Ward’s representative. Tony Poston, the founder of College Hill, also played a key role.

“The first question we asked ourselves was how seriously does WSU need this young man,” said Collins, the former WSU standout and retired NFL fullback who now is an author and speaker focused on teaching young people about financial management.

“The various articles on Cougfan and 247 pretty much answered the first question, especially in the wake of Jayden de Laura’s departure,” he added. “And while we’re not in position — or of the mind — to arrange anything extravagant, we have an array of alumni-owned businesses which can put Cameron to work under NIL … And I’d like to add, it was heartwarming to see how people like Ron Claudon (Valley Buick GMC); Greg Beckel (Coug Housing); and really every single person we reached out to, dropped whatever they were doing to help brainstorm.”

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January 11th

Washington State’s QB Jayden de Laura lands in Tucson

From ESPN … Former Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura will transfer to Arizona, he announced Monday on Twitter.

De Laura appeared in 16 games over the past two seasons for the Cougars, throwing for 3,684 yards with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He led the Pac-12 in both passing yards and touchdowns during conference play this past season.

He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

With de Laura’s arrival, Arizona will have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, including Will Plummer, Jordan McCloud and WSU transfer Gunner Cruz, all of whom started games for the Wildcats in 2021. Three-star recruit Noah Fifita is an early enrollee.

De Laura’s announcement came just hours after Incarnate Word quarterback Cameron Ward announced he is headed to Washington State, where he will presumably replace de Laura as the starter.

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January 9th

Dagger: Cornerback Mehki Blackmon becomes the third starting defensive back to leave the team

From the Daily Camera … Colorado’s secondary took another hit Saturday night.

Senior Mekhi Blackmon, who has started each of the past two years at cornerback, announced his intention to put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Blackmon’s announcement came just hours after the Buffs’ other starting cornerback, Christian Gonzalez, announced that he will play at Oregon next season. Gonzalez entered the transfer portal last month. Starting free safety Mark Perry is also in the transfer portal.

In a message posted on social media, Blackmon wrote, “It’s been a journey of trials and tribulations, but I’ve appreciated all 4 years at Colorado. Everyone goes through tough times, it’s inevitable, and I will say it make us stronger. Since I arrived in Boulder in 2018 with Coach (Mike) Macintyre, I knew change needed to be made and I committed to the mindset that we were capable of getting the program back to where it needed to be.

“Through many coaching changes, I remained positive and I never considered running from the challenge of adjusting. I am still confident in what Coach (Karl) Dorrell will do for the Colorado Buffaloes, but I am sad to say that I will not be a part of it as I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a grad transfer. I cannot stress the respect I have for each and every coach, teammate, staff member, and fan I’ve crossed paths with.. I wish you all the best and I am excited to see what new opportunities God will bring for me and my career.”

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January 8th

Dagger: Christian Gonzalez follows Demetrice Martin to Oregon

Christian Gonzalez has posted a tweet that he will be following his position coach, Demetrice Martin, to Oregon.

Gonzalez becomes the second Buff in the past two seasons to leave CU and sign with a Pac-12 rival (joining wide receiver K.D. Nixon, who signed last year with USC).

Update … Safety Mark Perry will be returning to Folsom Field … playing for TCU in the opener …

The updated CU list:

To date, there are 14 scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Cornerback Mehki Blackmon (1/9) … (one year of eligibility left) … 50 tackles (33 unassisted) … six third down stops … One of four captains …
  • Wide receiver Brenden Rice (1/1) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in catches (21) and yards (299) … Led team in touchdown catches (3) …
  • Safety Mark Perry (12/28) … (three years of eligibility left) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in plays (761) to Christian Gonzalez … 72 tackles … team leading three interceptions … New home: TCU
  • Cornerback Christian Gonzalez (12/23) … (three years of eligibility left) … Started every game in 2021 … Arguably CU’s best player … New home: Oregon
  • Tight end Alec Pell (12/13) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in ten games in 2021 … One catch for 17 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: Tulsa
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: UT-San Antonio
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: Central Arkansas
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: Sam Houston State

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January 5th 

247 Sports: Christian Gonzalez one of the ten best Portal players available

From 247 Sports … Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams announced his decision to enter the NCAA transfer portal this week, the latest big-name talent to explore his options in college football this season. Peeking at our updated 247Sports Transfer Portal Rankings, there are several top-end players available with starting experience available as of Tuesday afternoon with Oklahoma’s heralded freshman becoming the latest player to reveal his intentionsOle Miss‘ QB-turned-WR John Rhys Plumlee hit the portal, too, likely with hopes of playing quarterback again.

Williams is the second Sooners quarterback to leave this cycle, joining Spencer Rattler, who announced he was transferring to South Carolina in December.

The transfer portal has seen a record number of entries this season, as more than 1,400 players have submitted their names for departure purposes since the end of the regular season, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer.

Here’s a look at the 10 highest-rated players available in the portal who haven’t yet committed to another program. Transfer ratings are in parenthesis next to each player.

Christian Gonzalez … Colorado 

Overall rank: No. 31

Former school: Colorado

The wordPer Buffalo Stampede, “Gonzalez graded out by Pro Football Focus as Colorado’s third best defensive player in 2021, behind Carson Wells and Mekhi Blackmon. Gonzalez played more snaps than any other Buff in 2021, on either side of the ball, and if it weren’t for some incredible catches made by USC’s Drake London in week five, he might have graded out as CU’s best player. Gonzalez only allowed an average of 23.5 yards per game in coverage in the other 11 contests.”

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January 4th 

Over 1,400 FBS players have entered the Portal since August: “How are we going to manage this?” 

From Sports Illustrated … On Christmas Eve, Wyoming coach Craig Bohl posted a message on Twitter that many found flatly bizarre.

In the tweet, Bohl revealed that his program needed a quarterback—for starters, an unusual approach—and that he planned to acquire that quarterback through the transfer portal or a junior college. It was a loud and public cry to the dozens of quarterbacks in the portal.

HELP WANTED.

In its fourth year of existence, the transfer portal is impacting the sport more than ever before. It is resulting in curious public statements such as Bohl’s tweet, an outcry from frustrated coaches, new positions on coaching staffs and player movement like college football has never witnessed.

The last two months have seen more than 3,000 NCAA DI, D2 and D3 football players enter the portal, the highest number of entrants in the history of the operation.

The portal has become such a driving force that college officials this fall increased school signing limits as a way for coaches to replace their players who left for the portal. The portal has gained enough traction among college football’s fanbase that Dr. Pepper incorporated it into its “Fansville” ad campaign. The “transfer portal” appears in one commercial not as a glorified database with transferring players’ names but as a true portal, a mythical gateway that transmits players across space and time.

The transfer portal is impacting staffs. In fact, on Monday, new Florida coach Billy Napier announced the hiring of Bird Sherrill, a former NFL scout who will have the title of “director of college personnel” with a job description that focuses on “the evaluation of transfer portal and JUCO players.” In other words, Florida now has a Transfer Portal Recruiting Coordinator.

Later on Monday brought some of the most significant portal news in its short history.

The nation’s No. 1-ranked high school quarterback last year and one of the best passers in college football this year, Oklahoma’s Caleb Williams, announced his intentions to enter the portal. His decision sent the expected shockwaves through a sport that is accustomed this time of year to the coaching carousel, not the quarterback shuffle.

Well, buckle up, because it’s not ending anytime soon.

“I don’t expect it always to be like this, but I don’t expect it to ever return to how it was,” says Brian Spilbeler, co-founder of Tracking Football, an advanced scouting analysis company that provides its clients—more than 50 FBS schools—with aggregated and organized data on players in the portal. “This is a new reality emerging for some time that has hit the critical mass. Colleges are starting to accommodate it now. More and more programs have gotten over the shock and awe and said ‘OK, how are we going to manage this?’”

Since Aug. 1, the start of the 2021-22 portal cycle, more than 1,400 FBS players have entered the portal. That’s 11 players for every one of the 130 FBS schools. Most estimate that one-quarter to one-third of those players are walk-ons, though it’s tough to compute, Spilbeler says.

The majority of names popped into the database in November and December—both record-setting months. In November, 1,471 NCAA players entered the portal, and in December, that number rose to 1,618, says Spilbeler. Those monthly figures include all NCAA athletes: Division 1 (both FBS and FCS), Division II and Division III. About 35% of all portal entrants are from the FBS.

Williams became the latest former starting Power 5 quarterback to enter the database, joining Zach Calzada (Texas A&M to TBA), Kedon Slovis (USC to Pitt), Bo Nix (Auburn to Oregon) and Max Johnson (LSU to Texas A&M).

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January 3rd

Surprise entry: Oklahoma starting quarterback Caleb Williams enters Transfer Portal

… Will Williams follow Lincoln Riley to USC? Sounds like this might be the wave of the future for superstars. Williams can test the waters to find out his “market value” (i.e., how much NIL money he can “earn”), and transfer to the highest bidder (or stay with Oklahoma if he doesn’t get a better offer) … 

From CBS Sports … Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams, the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2021, will enter the transfer portal after one year with the Sooners. However, staying at Oklahoma “will definitely be an option,” according the statement Williams posted to Twitter on Monday announcing the move.

“I came to Oklahoma with a game plan, but with all of the recent changes, I need to figure out what is the right path for me moving forward,” Williams wrote in a statement. “According to NCAA rules, as a student-athlete, the only way I can speak with other schools and see who may offer the best preparation and development for my future career is by entering the portal. Staying at OU will definitely be an option as I begin this process.”

Williams took Norman, Oklahoma, by storm after leading a 21-point comeback after halftime against rival Texas in the Red River Showdown, the second-biggest comeback in program history. He was named to the 247Sports True Freshman All-America Team after throwing for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions after taking over for Spencer Rattler. The freshman also rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns after playing meaningful snaps in eight games in the 2021 season.

In an unorthodox move, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione and newly-hired football coach Brent Venables released a statement immediately after Williams declared his intentions.

“Caleb Williams enjoyed an exciting and impactful first season at the University of Oklahoma and we will continue to be engaged with him and his family on a comprehensive plan for his development as a student and a quarterback, including a path to graduation and strategic leveraging of NIL opportunities,” said Castiglione and Venables. “While we believe OU provides Caleb the best opportunity to develop as a player and realize his goals for college and beyond, we respect his right to explore his options following key staffing changes here.”

The decision comes more than a month after former coach Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma for the same position at USC in a shocking coaching carousel twist. In the weeks since, 2023’s No. 2 overall quarterback Malachi Nelson flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Riley at USC.

The Sooners also lost Rattler to South Carolina. If Williams opts to leave, Penn State transfer Micah Bowens, who has not thrown a pass for the Sooners, will be the only remaining scholarship quarterback on the roster.

… Alabama and Ohio State have strong quarterbacks coming back, but Clemson and Georgia could use upgrades. Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Michigan State are also top-10 squads that could be looking for options. Really, any school in the country that isn’t starting Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud should at least consider their options if Williams is on the table. He can swing a conference, or even national, title race.

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January 1st

New Year starts on a down note: Wide receiver Brenden Rice enters Transfer Portal

From Rice’s tweet … “This is has been the hardest decision my family and I have endured. With that being said, I will be entering the Transfer Portal. Thank you, Colorado” … 

With Rice’s defection, all four of the blue-chip signees in Colorado’s 2020 class have either transferred or are currently in the transfer portal … Brenden Rice, Ashaad Clayton, Jason Harris, and Christian Gonzalez …

The updated CU list:

To date, there are 11 scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Wide receiver Brenden Rice (1/1) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in catches (21) and yards (299) … Led team in touchdown catches (3) …
  • Safety Mark Perry (12/28) … (three years of eligibility left) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in plays (761) to Christian Gonzalez … 72 tackles … team leading three interceptions … New home: TBD
  • Defensive back Christian Gonzalez (12/23) … (three years of eligibility left) … Started every game in 2021 … Arguably CU’s best player … New home: TBS
  • Tight end Alec Pell (12/13) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in ten games in 2021 … One catch for 17 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: Tulsa
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: UT-San Antonio
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: Central Arkansas
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD

December 28th

Safety Mark Perry becomes the second starting defensive back to defect in the past week

The updated CU list:

To date, there are 10 scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Safety Mark Perry (12/28) … (three years of eligibility left) … (three years of eligibility left) … Second in plays (761) to Christian Gonzalez … 72 tackles … team leading three interceptions … New home: TBD
  • Defensive back Christian Gonzalez (12/23) … (three years of eligibility left) … Started every game in 2021 … Arguably CU’s best player … New home: TBS
  • Tight end Alec Pell (12/13) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in ten games in 2021 … One catch for 17 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: Tulsa
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: UT-San Antonio
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: Central Arkansas
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD

 

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December 25th – Merry Christmas!

Wyoming posts “help wanted” ad for Transfer Portal quarterback

From ESPN … Most coaches prefer to navigate college football’s transfer market in private, but not Wyoming coach Craig Bohl.

On Friday, less than 72 hours after ending their season with a win over Kent State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and then losing their starting quarterback to the transfer portal, Bohl took the unusual step of making a statement selling his team as a landing spot for a transfer quarterback.

In a message posted to Twitter, Bohl cited the one-time transfer rule and the ability for players to profit from their name, image and likeness. He said his staff “anticipated this movement and have a clear vision to navigate these uncharted waters.”

“Cowboy Football will address the need to sign a quarterback via the transfer portal or junior college,” Bohl said. “We believe this is a great opportunity for a transfer quarterback to make an impact on our program. We’ve seen that before when we brought Josh Allen into our program, and we’re excited for the next chapter of Cowboy Football.”

Allen started out at Reedley College — a junior college — before transferring to Wyoming before the 2015 season.

Three years later, he was the No. 7 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in the NFL draft.

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December 24th

Christian Gonzalez, arguably CU’s best returning defensive player, enters the Transfer Portal

From the Daily Camera … Throughout his first two seasons with the Colorado Buffaloes, Christian Gonzalez developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the Pac-12.

In his third season of college football, he will play somewhere else. Late Thursday night, Gonzalez announced that he will put his name in the NCAA transfer port.

“Buff Nation, I want to say thank you for everything,” he wrote on social media. “Thank you for all of the support and all the love over the past 2 years. I also want to say thank you to the coaching staff and everyone who helped me make a mark in the Pac. 12. After long talks and consideration with my family, we have decided that it is best that I move on from the University of Colorado.”

Gonzalez’s announcement came just a few hours after it became official that CU cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin is leaving the Buffs to coach cornerbacks at Oregon.

Gonzalez is the 11th scholarship player from CU to enter the transfer portal since September, but he is without question the most impactful player to leave, as he has started all 18 of the Buffs’ games over the past two years.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Gonzalez came to CU as part of the 2020 recruiting class from The Colony (Tex.) High School. He was recruited to CU by former head coach Mel Tucker, who left CU before Gonzalez arrived.

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December 23rd

The Athletic: Has the Transfer Portal brought an end to the backup quarterback? 

From The Athletic … After the first weekend without a full slate of big games, the avalanche began. By Monday afternoon, they were everywhere: starting quarterbacks who didn’t want to become backup quarterbacks.

Bo Nix left Auburn. Lincoln Riley’s arrival at USC didn’t dissuade Kedon Slovis from leaving L.A. And Zach Calzada, the only quarterback to beat Alabama since Nix did it more than two years ago, left Texas A&M.

All three spent most of 2021 as starters at some of college football’s proudest programs.

They joined Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, UCF’s Dillon Gabriel, Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez, Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. and LSU’s Max Johnsonwho were already in the portal and seeking a new destination. Rattler, a five-star prospect out of high school who began 2021 as a Heisman frontrunner and ended it on the bench, committed to South Carolina on Monday.

He’s the first big domino in the ripest, most experienced market for transfer quarterbacks in college football history. It’s great news for programs looking for a Day 1 savior like Jack Coan at Notre Dame or Hendon Hooker at Tennessee, but it’s more than alarming news for coaches trying to build depth at the most important position on the field.

“Never seen anything like this,” one Power 5 coach told The Athletic on Monday.

All of those quarterbacks have two key things in common: They’ve all won big games at big-time programs. All conceivably could have been their program’s starting quarterback next fall.

Odds may have been against it, like in Calzada’s case, in which a healthy Haynes King and five-star freshman Conner Weigman’s arrival could have narrowed his path to the field.

But for each, there was a path to the field. The path to holding a clipboard may have been slightly wider for some, but it would have benefited each of the programs to have a quarterback of that caliber waiting in the wings.

Instead, the quarterbacks and programs are looking elsewhere. Time will tell what they find in an unprecedented market, and how it works come fall is an even bigger question.

Call it the death of the backup quarterback in college football: It never has been harder to have a roster with two experienced, highly recruited quarterbacks who have proved they can win games in a major conference.

“If they’re not the starter or about to start, they’re gone,” another Power 5 coach said.

From 2014 to 2017, nearly half of the top 50 quarterbacks in each recruiting class eventually transferred. That number continues to climb and has yet to show signs of slowing. And it seems likely transfers will come sooner than ever.

The cost of leaving never has been lower, and that’s a great option for players seeking to remove themselves from unfavorable conditions. It’s an option players should have had long ago.

For the better part of a decade, quarterbacks with a degree in hand have had the option of transferring without having to sit out for what is, in practice, a nine-month noncompete clause for an unpaid position.

But just eight months ago, the NCAA granted athletes one free transfer, eliminating the nonsensical noncompete clause and the growing practice of filing increasingly frivolous requests for exemptions that usually benefited athletes with the means to pay for a lawyer good enough to outwit the NCAA.

That means all the names listed above will be back on the field again this fall. Or not. Though the risks are lower than ever, the rewards remain unchanged. And often, that can mean mixed results. Sometimes, talent rises to the top of the depth chart.

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December 22nd 

USC’s Kedon Slovis lands in (drum roll) Pitt 

From CBS Sports … Former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis will transfer to Pittsburgh, the junior announced in the Players’ Tribune on Tuesday. Slovis has up to two years of eligibility remaining with the Panthers.

Slovis started three years at USC, throwing for 7,576 yards and 58 touchdowns with a 68.4% completion percentage. As a junior, he added 2,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in just nine games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

His departure comes weeks after Lincoln Riley was hired from Oklahoma to take over the program. USC now has two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, one of whom, freshman Jaxon Dart, threw for 1,353 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in six games for the Trojans this season.

“I was so excited when Coach Narduzzi called, because I knew that Pitt and this program were the right fit for me to keep developing into the best leader I can be,” Slovis wrote. “I’m ready to win now — and talking to the players who are returning, and seeing how hungry they are for next season, that got me pumped. They have a lot of talented players coming back. And, man … getting to throw the ball to the guy who just won the Biletnikoff?? That’s something you don’t pass up. The culture and identity that Coach Narduzzi has created is everything I want to be a part of.”

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December 20th

First one in! CU picks transfer portal quarterback from Houston, Maddox Kopp

Maddox Kopp, a Class of 2021 pro-style quarterback from Houston, Texas, has announced that he is transferring to Colorado.

Just the facts … Kopp is a 6’5″, 212-pound quarterback from St. Thomas high in Houston … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others said about Kopp … Kopp was considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, he was rated as the No. 23 pro-style quarterback from the Class of 2021, and the No. 69 overall prospect out of Texas. At 247 Sports, Kopp was listed as the No. 53 quarterback in the nation, the No. 106 player out of Texas, and the No. 748 player in the nation.

… (Compare: CU’s quarterback from the Class of 2021, Drew Carter, who was listed by 247 Sports as the No. 66 quarterback in the nation, the No. 970 player in the nation. Other than having three stars, Kopp was not rated nationally by Rivals) …

… At St. Thomas High School in Houston, Kopp threw for more than 6,000 yards and 59 touchdowns in his career. As a senior, he threw for 3,134 yards and 30 touchdowns with four interceptions. In 2019, he threw for 3,089 yards and 28 touchdowns …

Rivals evaluation (out of high school) … Last season (2019), Kopp emerged as one of the top passers in TAPPS. He has a fantastic deep ball and takes advantage of the full field, able to attack inside and outside the numbers with enough arm strength to effectively complete those throws.

During the Elite 11 earlier this year (2020), Kopp flashed his ability to attack downfield with a smooth delivery and accuracy on his deep passes. He throws with adequate zip and is at his best when attacking downfield between the hashes. He’s also especially impressive in the red zone, which of course, is critical for the quarterback position. He also endured some hiccups on more rigorous passes requiring more zip, which was also noticed on film.

Kopp isn’t the most mobile quarterback. He rushed for 40 yards on 64 attempts last season and scored with his legs twice, but he is agile enough to move well within the pocket and evade the rush. That was evident during drills in the Elite 11 and on tape, where he extends plays and can get off throws on the move. His accuracy wanes when he’s on the move, but he’s able to get the ball out of his hands and in the vicinity of his receivers consistently.

The majority of Kopp’s passes come in the short and intermediate parts of the field with a few downfield attempts per game. He has good timing and ball placement and can effectively lead his receivers. He throws with anticipation, which is undoubtedly one of the best elements of his game.

Kopp had other offers from … a dozen other schools, including Colorado. Before Kopp committed to Houston, Kopp also had offers from Ole Miss, as well as schools like Wyoming, Central Michigan and Texas State.

… Kopp entered the transfer portal on Nov. 14th and he quietly took a visit to Boulder the weekend of Nov. 20th. Arizona, Indiana, Cincinnati and Maryland were contenders for his commitment as a transfer. Kopp will join the herd with four years to play four …

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December 19th

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix announces transfer to Oregon

From ESPN … Former Auburn starting quarterback Bo Nix announced on Sunday that he’s transferring to Oregon.

The move will reunite Nix, who posted his decision on Instagram, with his former position coach and offensive coordinator during his freshman year at Auburn, Kenny Dillingham, who left after one season.

Dillingham spent the last two seasons as Florida State’s offensive coordinator before he was hired by new Oregon coach Dan Lanning in the same position last week.

Nix, a talented dual-threat quarterback, was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2019 and has spent the last three seasons as Auburn’s starter.

This season, Nix threw 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. He also ran for four touchdowns, but missed the last two games of the regular season, including the Tigers’ dramatic loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl, which followed his surgery.

The son of former Auburn quarterback Pat Nix, Bo entered the transfer portal last week. He originally signed with the Tigers under former coach Gus Malzahn, who is now at Central Florida.

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December 13th

One-fifth of all Power Five schools have quarterbacks in the Transfer Portal (only one from Pac-12)

Tweet from Brett McMurphy … At least 18 QBs have entered NCAA Transfer Portal. A few listed below already have found new homes. Of these 18, one-fifth (15) of the 65 Power 5 schools have QBs in the portal

  • Myles Brennan … LSU
  • Zach Calzada … Texas A&M
  • Chevan Cordiero … Hawai’i … to San Jose State
  • Tommy DeVito … Syracuse
  • Quinn Ewers … Ohio State … to Texas
  • Dillon Gabriel … UCF … to UCLA
  • Layne Hatcher … Arkansas State
  • Max Johnson … LSU
  • Adrian Martinez … Nebraska
  • Jack Miller … Ohio State
  • Bo Nix … Auburn
  • Michael Penix … Indiana
  • Taisun Phommachanh … Clemson
  • Jake Plummer … Purdue
  • Spencer Rattler … Oklahoma … to South Carolina
  • Ta’Quan Roberson … Penn State
  • Kedon Slovis … USC
  • Jordan Yates … Georgia Tech

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December 11th 

Ashaad Clayton becomes the second former Buff to find a new home

Ashaad Clayton, from New Orleans, is returning home to play for the Tulane Green Wave.

The updated CU list:

To date, there are nine scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Defensive lineman Jayden Simon (12/6) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in nine games in 2021 … 72 plays; four tackles … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: TBD
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: Tulane
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD

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December 5th

WR Chris Carpenter becomes the 8th Buff to enter the Transfer Portal

Freshman wide receiver Chris Carpenter has become the eighth Buff to enter the Transfer Portal, tweeting out: “Once again I anna thank the the Colorado community for accepting me and giving me a chance” (guessing “anna” is supposed to be “wanna”)

The list: 

To date, there are eight scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Wide receiver Chris Carpenter (12/5) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in seven games in 2021 … Seven catches for 45 yards … One kickoff return for 15 yards … New home: TBD
  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD

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December 3rd 

Arizona’s best player to forego senior season

From azdesertswarm.com … Arizona’s best wide receiver is going to make a run at playing in the NFL.

Stanley Berryhill III announced Thursday he was putting his name into the 2022 NFL Draft, passing up his final year college eligibility.

Berryhill led the Wildcats in receptions and receiving yards the past two seasons. The fifth-year junior had 83 catches this fall, tied for 3rd-most in school history, and his 749 yards ranked 4th in the Pac-12.

A former walk-on, Berryhill earned a scholarship in 2018 and this year was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy given to college football’s top player that began his career as a walk-on.

At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Berryhill is undersized for a typical NFL receiver but his play this season as a gunner on punt coverage could help his chances making the pros via special teams.

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November 30th

Four more names added to CU’s Transfer Portal list on Tuesday

To date, there are seven scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Running back Ashaad Clayton (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 20 carries for 84 yards; one touchdown … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver Keith Miller, III (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Dressed for three games, did not play … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Zephaniah Maea (11/30) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in four games in 2021 … 13 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD
  • Safety Trustin Oliver (11/30) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in eight games in 2021 … 18 plays; one special teams tackle … New home: TBD
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … (three years of eligibility left) … Played in three games; starting one … Six receptions for 60 yards … New home: TBD
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 32 plays; three tackles … New home: Arkansas State
  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … (four years of eligibility left) … Played in three games … 43 plays; one tackle … New home: TBD

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November 29th

Transfer Portal numbers

… Just to get you ready for the onslaught … 

From 247 Sports … There were 2,646 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2020-21 transfer cycle. That’s up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

Leading rusher at TCU (CU’s first 2022 opponent) to enter Transfer Portal

From 247 Sports … TCU running back Zach Evans plans to enter the transfer portal, sources tell 247Sports.

The former five-star running back spent two seasons in Fort Worth, finishing his Horned Frog career with 1,063 yards and nine touchdowns on 7.3 yards per carry. Evans averaged seven yards per carry this season on 93 attempts, which was the fifth-best clip in all of college football.

Sources indicate name, image and likeness will play a big role in picking Evans’ next destination.

Evans had a well-documented and eventful path to TCU. At one point he ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class and he had a recruitment to match that sort of hype. During about a 12-month period, Evans had leaders that included Texas, LSU, Alabama and Georgia. Texas A&M, Ole Miss and even Tennessee entered the mix at various times. Evans signed with Georgia silently during the Early Signing Period but eventually asked out of that National Letter of Intent. Evans remained uncommitted for months following his exit from UGA before signing with the Horned Frogs.

The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Evans ranked as the No. 16 overall player and the No. 2 running back in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Continue reading story here

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November 27th

Tracking the Tracker

An 85-man roster should be easy to track.

Every FBS team is allowed to have 85 scholarship players on their roster. The roster can be fluid throughout the off-season, with graduations, players leaving early for the NFL Draft, Recruiting Days in December and February, injury retirements, normal attrition, and now, the Transfer Portal.

When the dust settles every August 1st, however, the numbers have to add up to … 85 players.

So, how many players will Colorado be able to sign from the Transfer Portal this off-season?

It should be simple math … 85 from the 2021 roster, minus seniors and transfers, plus recruiting Class and transfers = 85.

It should be easy, but keeping tabs on CU’s roster, and predicting how the numbers will play out over the next eight months, is like nailing Jell-O to the wall.

But, we’ll give it a try, and give updates throughout the off-season as names are added and subtracted from the roster.

For starters … 

We “know” that a total of 12 players ran out onto Folsom Field on Senior Day against Washington, and were set to play their last game in a CU uniform at Utah, including three seniors and one graduate transfer. Eight juniors, all in their second junior season due to the COVID exception and all who have either graduated or are in position to by May have indicated they will not return for 2022 (though they could always reverse their decision). The list: Graduate Transfer (1)—TE Matt Lynch; Seniors (3)—DL Mustafa Johnson, OG Kary Kutsch, OLB Nate Landman; Juniors (8): OL John Deitchman, TE Nico Magri, S Chris Miller, PK Evan Price, C Colby Pursell, TE C.J. Schmanski, ILB Jonathan Van Diest, OLB Carson Wells.

So, that gets CU down to 73 players (85 – 12) for the 2022 roster, right?

But … 

From the above list, offensive lineman John Deitchman, tight end Nico Magri, kicker Evan Price, and tight end C.J. Schmanski are all walk-ons, and don’t count against the 85-man scholarship limit. Plus, Johnson, Kutsch and Landman were “super seniors”, and didn’t count against the 85-man roster this year.

So, instead of 73 players for the 2022 roster, we are actually at 80 returning scholarship players, right?

But … 

As noted, above, all of the eight juniors listed above may opt to return next fall. Center Colby Pursell, according to an article in the Daily Camera, remains undecided:

Center Colby Pursell, a fifth-year junior, went through the senior day ceremony on Saturday but said he hasn’t decided if he’ll return next year or not. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pursell could take advantage of playing one more season.

Because Saturday might have been his last game at Folsom Field, he chose to go through the ceremony.

“It’s a big day for my family, as well,” he said. “It was awesome for them to be able to come out here and experience it. Especially since the uncertainty next year, I want to make sure that we have this opportunity together.”

So … 

We really don’t know how many from the list of players who were honored on Senior Day are actually done.

We also don’t know, of course, how many other players from the remainder of the roster have decided that they don’t want to return, or have been told by the coaching staff to look for other opportunities. In the CU Game Notes for the Utah game, there were 13 senior/”super” juniors on the roster, with another 21 players set to graduate either in December or in May, 2022.

How many of those will choose to graduate and call it a career?

We’ll see …

Now, there are already three Buffs in the Transfer Portal … 

In addition to the players who have exhausted their eligibility, the Colorado roster must see a great deal of attrition to make room for all of the incoming players which are expected.

To date, there are three scholarship Buffs who have already declared their intention to move on:

  • Defensive lineman Lloyd Murray (9/27) … new home: None
  • Defensive lineman Blaine Toll (9/28) … new home: None
  • Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault (11/21) … new home: None

Now, about those additions … 

Currently, there are 16 members of the Colorado Recruiting Class of 2022, and that includes the loss of two de-commitments during the final week of the regular season: Offensive lineman McKale Boley and defensive lineman Erick Conley. The losses of these two recruits can be looked at in one of two ways:

  • Boley, who is from Mississippi and a recruit of  fired offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue, was not likely to stay with the Buffs, anyway. Plus, neither Boley (no other offers), or Conley (with one other reported Power Five offer) were highly recruited, and CU needs higher rated recruits; or
  • Colorado needs better players in the trenches. Losing these two recruits leaves CU with only two offensive line recruits, and only one defensive line recruit, from the Class of 2022. The Buffs need more linemen on the roster, and losing two potential recruits hurts.

Oh … 

And the 16-player count for the Class of 2022 does not include punter Ashton Logan. Originally a member of the CU Recruiting Class of 2021, Logan agreed to be a grey-shirt, delaying his enrollment until January, 2022. Now, with junior Josh Watts still having a year of eligibility remaining, Logan may or may not be a scholarship Buff in 2022.

So …. 

If you start with 85 … then take out the assumed losses of five scholarship players … and the three known players in the Transfer Portal … that gets Colorado down to around 77 scholarship players returning.

Add in the 16 existing members of the Recruiting Class of 2022 (again, not including punter Ashton Logan or any other high school players who the Buffs may find between now and Signing Day on December 15th), that gets the roster up to 93.

Which leaves Colorado about five-to-ten players over the 2022 scholarship limit … before adding a single member to the team via the Transfer Portal.

Now, there are those who are expecting Colorado to make a number of quality additions to the roster through the Transfer Portal.

That may be possible.

Here is the list of current pickups by the CU program via the Transfer Portal (with years of eligibility remaining, counting 2021):

2020 – Matt Lynch, TE UCLA Gr.-2 1/1
2021 – Robert Barnes, ILB Oklahoma Gr. 2/2
2021 – Noah Fenske, OL Iowa Fr.-2 4/4
2021 – Jack Lamb, ILB Notre Dame Gr. (Soph.-3) 3/3
2021 – James Mott, QB Chicago Fr.-3 4/4
2021 – J.T. Shrout, QB Tennessee So. 3/3
2021 – Blayne Toll, DE Arkansas Fr.-2 5/4
2021  – Max Wray, OT Ohio State So.-3 3/3

From the list, it should be noted that Matt Lynch will be done after this year, James Mott is a walk-on (and not counted against the scholarship limit), and, as noted above, Blayne Toll is already back in the Transfer Portal.

As to 2021 contributions from Transfer Portal players, the results have been mixed. Matt Lynch had some quality catches; offensive linemen Noah Fenske (a freshman) and Max Wray (injured) have had a limited impact, J.T. Shrout was injured in August and never saw the field. Only linebackers Robert Barnes and Jack Lamb have had discernable contributions (including three of CU’s four turnovers against Washington).

Translation: While the Transfer Portal can pay dividends over time, it is not a panacea, even for a struggling program like CU.

And, for every new player who joins the team, that means that there is another current Buff on the roster who will be leaving the team. For those in the Buff Nation (myself included) who constantly complain about CU’s perpetual youth program, constant churning of the roster is not the best way to build Colorado back to a championship contender.

But that doesn’t mean we won’t spend the next nine months talking about the roster, and the hope that new players bring …

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216 Replies to “Transfer Portal Tracker”

  1. Well I think it’s time to quit talking about those who don’t want to be part of the resurgent buffs and focus on those committed to the process. Only time will tell but better to go to battle with your brothers committed to the cause than those on the fence.

  2. looked in the portal to confirm that Rice was at USC….confirmed. But I also noticed they picked up another guy with a higher rating than Rice named Mario Williams. Rice might have a chance to hit the field though because 5 star .99 rated Bru McCoy is in the portal . Wonder why he left. Can we get an NIL fund for big bucks to offer him? I’ll let all you guys who think Shrout is the savior talk to him.

    1. We need to stear clear of Bru McCoy. He is in the portal for like the 3rd time bouncing back and forth between Texas and USC. He was suspended from the team stemming from a domestic battery charge. No thanks.

  3. That’s the thing? Where do they go? Other than USC and Oregon where will they go, nowhere? Let’s face it, Rice has to carve his future and wasn’t happening here, probably not at USC either. Gonzalez, well that one hurts, but following his coach. But if you don’t want to be a buff and commit to it- then be gone!!! Tired of these people saying- good luck, wish you the best. No, it shows what kind of person you are- a quitter!!! A self involved, it’s about me… a quitter!!! Sorry!!! I’m tired of this ridiculous entitlement of these lil babies. And I’m also tired of what the NCAA has started with the NIL- thanks for ruining a sport that has become broken over money even more! NFL only now, NCAA is done unless you are the few elite.

  4. Good move.
    Now let’s AGGRESSIVELY start making similar moves and maybe we can turn this thing around.
    This weird new game of musical chairs is not for the timid, or the weak; so we need to move quickly and decisively. We’re now finally in the game. Hopefully there’s lots more in the works.
    Don’t dare lose this tiny bit of momentum. Let’s go!
    Go Buffs

  5. Gotta like the new lineman. Hopefully that curse that may be real doesn’t move him the way of Wray who had to medically retire (or has he, not sure? Max that is, not his brother, although that wasn’t great either).

    Hope they get a couple more.

    Go Buffs.

  6. So 20 players have left using the “Magic Machine” that allows a player to have one chance to correct an error either by the player or the coach. Sounds fair.
    (Ok, RSF influence this but)
    20 players gone.

    It’s like a full senior scholarship class of seniors moving on. And certainly a large portion of these 20 seniors would have been starters. That is not the case of these 20. Minimal starters and actually even fewer plays or games participated in.

    20 is a big number. But it’s a number that happens about every year if the recruiting has been great in the past. It hasn’t. Happens if there has been a good coaching staff that can give the players the tools to win and help them along the way and adjust in games. There hasn’t.

    This is a cleansing.
    60% coach cleanse
    25% scholarship cleanse. (might be good to get a little more here actually)

    So not concerned about the 20 leaving. Focused on the 85 that will be here as well as the new coaching stqff.

    Buffalo Up

    Note: If the 20 don’t move on there are 103 on scholarship right now
    Note 2: Again look at the playing time. look at where they go,
    Note 3: Worried? Not Worried

    1. I don’t post much but I agree with this. I view this as a program makeover with new coaching staff that I feel will be, all around, better than CU has had in years. Perhaps we aren’t attracting speedy 4 and 5 star skill players but we weren’t going to do that, at this point, anyway. But we should attract some good O linemen given the new O coordinator and new O line coach. And hopefully a strong RB through the portal as well that sees where this is heading. Watching the portal every day and worrying about who is leaving is like watching daily stock prices in a bear market, not something I’m going to do. I will ride it out. Though I’m not giddy and have some concerns, I’m not going to worry about this. Go Buffs!

    2. Here’s what I think all of these schools should do. If they enter the portal and don’t have a destination, or room on the roster, scholarship is pulled and they can request to be a walk on. At that point it is the schools choice.

  7. I hope CU gets a few impact players in the portal, and lets the fat trim itself each year. This will require large recruiting classes each year.
    The belief in the class you enter with being the class you’ll spend 4 years with is no longer. Between the portal and NIL hitting at basically the same time, the core of what college football as we know it is gone. It will be more like the nfl, but with a wider talent disparity. More explosive plays. But it sucks for the fans of college football as it has been.
    It reminds me of the spirit of the opening of the movie baseketball.
    https://youtu.be/d1-QAF8gLy0

    Personally, I can feel myself caring a lot less. And that is not a good thing.

    I also wonder about the kids testing out the portal waters. I assume CU will try to replace them with better. That means there won’t be a roster spot for some that change their mind and want back in. Others, may not be welcome back, with CU instead banking their scholly’s for the future.

    I bet a lot of kids will regret testing out the waters in general, nationwide – especially with the bloated covid scholarship situation. I mean, if you know the butcher is coming by, don’t put yourself on the chopping block, right? Stay committed, be a man. Be smart.

    That said, those that know they’ll never make it to the nfl, or a starter’s position, go for it… head to east southwestern podunk state tech and be the man. You’re only young once – enjoy your final years of childhood between the sidelines. Recruit huge classes, the fat will fall off, the best will head to Alabama, and the quality ones will stay.

    I hope.

    PS. Apparently you have to drink the super strong cool-aid to be a cool kid on this board.

    PPS. The loudest mean kid personality type is not often the most popular. Though I assume they think they are. Others call them bullies, I think.

  8. And the beat goes on…

    This will have to start going in the other direction very soon, if they plan to somehow turn this around.

  9. Those wide receivers leaving. One could surmise that the ex wr coach didn’t do a good job coaching this group and didn’t always play the best players.
    Out of touch.

    Go Buffs

  10. Bloated rosters nationally due to the extra year of eligibility from covid
    CU coaching changes on both sides of the line.
    Firming of KD’s vision for Offense…time of possession, ability to run and pass, game will rely on winning in the trenches
    This is hard process to watch as a fan, but if this is our turning point for the program, we will look back on this time favorably.
    Pressure is on KD
    Gonna hope and pray we have a good 2022 season (Bowling), what else am I going to do…

  11. This transfer portal is really something. So far I’ve counted 278 players enter since January 1st through the 18th. 109 of these players have announced new homes. Many others will find new homes. Some will find no new home. And some will even see if they can come back to their original home after testing the waters. People who are hand wringers could rub their skin raw in this new college football landscape. May as well just take care of your hands.

  12. Can’t believe I am going to side with VK but while we are worse off, not by much. Rice…eh. Perry…eh. Gonzo…that hurts. Stanley? please. Brousard…maybe. Obvious coaching changes made an impact of the roster, but next year was going to look alot like this year either way. Now we have a coaching staff in place, with the ideology of the HC in place. Does it work out? I don’t know…but we should give it 3 years cause we don’t have the resources, the visibility or any other choice. Let’s hope and pray this works out, and if you don’t want to wait, get your freakin’ wallet out!!!!

  13. Clearly the offensive staff was a disaster. Clearly the roster was exactly as it appeared to be. Clearly the new offense staff is a tremendous upgrade. 2nd real HKCD recruiting class. 45 Plus scholarship guys now on the roster are guys that fit the mold of what he wants a Buffalo Football Player to be. Next year it will be 70.

    Go Bufs.

    Note: Nothing against any student athlete, but “new” is a big part of life

    Note 2: As HCBB does, you get rid of them before you think you don’t need them to fill a role on the team. Free agency? Don’t resign them, trade them??

    Note 3: Ol wacky macky guys, midnight mel guys and yup even HCKD guys got to go if you can’t ” hoe the row”

  14. The roster is shaping up nicely.

    Go Buffsi

    Note: Rice belongs at usc. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Okay he was an excellent punt returner. Wide receiver? Not impressed

    1. Has he confirmed he’s going there? If so, I think he’ll have a much larger role than Nixon did.

      But yeah, nothing wrong w/ losing all the starters from a team that went 4-8, I guess. In pretty embarrassing fashion.

      I wonder how many more will leave? They need like 10, to make the #s work, right? Will it be more? Heck, maybe through the portal, they can just go get a whole new team who’ve actually played some D1 snaps?

      Go Buffs

      1. Yup
        All the starters? Ha?
        Embarrassing? Ha?
        How many more? As many that don’t want to be on this team! Good!!
        The whole new team will be HCKD built. Nice

        Buffs Yup Right Yup

        Note: Some still resent the wacky macky firing

        1. The only way this team gets more than two wins is if they find a stud qb or one emerges from the rubble.

          I would love nothing more than to be proven wrong.

          The sad part? The way this is setting up, they will get to 2023 before making the needed changes.

          Go Buffs

          1. When are you going to come clean. Using a moniker like Eric. There are 800,000 Erics in the U,S. What are you hiding. Why do you operate behind a name that does not identify who you are.

            go Buffs

            such a phony

          2. Why are you hiding behind the name eric 830.000 in the us. Are you the matrix?

            What are the needed changes ?

            What?

            The needed changes have been made mister eric who are you and what are you hiding

            Go Buffs.

            They have several quarterbacks, now they have a real oc and qb coach. Yup Come clean trolley driver

    2. Shaping up nicely? Ok. It’s clear why Dorrell was such a hot commodity when he was hired. Good thing we don’t play CSU this year. We’d lose by 40. Mr. George, please acknowledge the obvious. End this.

      1. Yup

        Why are like eric hiding behind a name that does not identify you

        lose by 40 ? so you are familiar with the little boys up north.

        Nice

        Go Buffs

  15. and the hemorrhaging continues
    The D backfield is going to be almost all freshmen
    Chance has his work cut out for him. I wonder if he signed on for this?
    fingers crossed. salt tossed. Cracks missed. black cats shot…..just kidding about the cats

      1. Interesting which Stevie you chose. Stevie Ray, Janis, ZZ Top, T-bone Walker, maybe I will also go with Bob Wills and a few other musicians, some BBQ and a girl friend from Denton I met while skiing (in Colorado) are about the only good things I can think of that ever came out of Texas.
        Having said that I have never spent any time in Austin

    1. whoops did I forget the plethora of players on the team? not really. they are Buffs now. at least the ones who finally end up hanging around.

    1. “……he played every week with a passion, even if the ball wasn’t always coming his way. ”
      Good to know.
      Can we say the same thing about Rice and Broussard?

  16. There is every indication that Victor Venn will become a VERY special running back for the University of Colorado. Maybe, JB read the tea leaves and saw that the carries for the 2022 season would be split between THREE running backs, rather than two, and wanted to be the featured running back for a team in his final year of eligibility.

  17. Although it looks bad that the team is losing such impact players on offense, defense, and special teams “return team,” I am making the choice to “wait and see.”

    The younger players seem to “believe in the program’s upward trajectory.” By and large, the players who elected to transfer were recruited by someone else and have seen flux in the turnovers on the coaching staff. With “stability,” hopefully, players recruited to this “program” will remain. The future of the program will ride on that.

    Yes, a few “gets” on both lines – either through the portal or the February signing date – would be HUGE.

    Something is happening in Tucson. That team played hard in every game. There was only one “Minnesota effort” in their frustrating twelve game season. Players and recruits seem to be buying what that staff is selling. Maybe NFL pedigree, not sure. I hope that this staff will be able to “sell” what Coach McCartney was able to sell. In an age of NIL, and great change, there needs to be a solid plan in place. Coach Dorrell has a big responsibility going forward.

  18. Tallying up the score here. 17 players outbound via the portal (ok so not all have found other teams). How many inbound so far? The qb Kopp. So only 1 transfer inbound? Seriously?

  19. J-Brou was a fan favorite, tough, hard working Buff. Would Utah have won with him? Nope.. Anyone heard from KD Nixon lately? Nope.. KD needs to get players that want to be Buffs and “practice what they preach”.. Lots of Blah blah blah in the past from these players leaving.. Shut up and play football 🏈 ( seams like it’s been forgotten in Boulder) … Go Buffs

  20. Let ’em go. 1 -2 3
    1) Some of them realize that college is the last chance they will ever get to be paid to play football, and they can’t find out what they can get unless they enter the portal.
    2) Some of realize they will never see the field in Power 5 Conference, and are moving down to Group of Five or FCS.
    3) Some of them vastly overestimate their value in the portal, and will find themselves riding the bench wherever the end up, or wind up without a team at all.

    Football is a team sport. It takes a TEAM to win. The Buffs don’t need any players who think they are above the team. If they are not committed to the team… Let ’em go.

    1. Still be nice to see some decent players coming in from the portal. Especially linemen.
      I’m going with GJBuff. Baby steps dont equal passion

    2. When every single one of your “star” players is leaving for greener pastures, I’m not sure that “committed to the team” means very much anymore. Team leaders have to be good players too. So, we let’em all go (not like we have any say in that), and what are we left with.

      I think A&M boosters have the right idea. Put a fund together for NIL, and then buy your players…but require their commitment to get the payout. The Buffs might be able to do that with some 2 and maybe 3-star recruits???

  21. What a train wreck – all aboard!

    The good news is we get to watch Rice play the next couple of years – he reportedly committed to USC. (I hope you can sense my sarcasm)

  22. I suppose VK and a couple of others are right. Maybe there is hope in the Transfer Portal itself. Some of those guys will not get the money they were looking for, and perhaps our coaches are really good at teaching them to play ball. Seems like identifying the “diamond in the rough” is THE new college football must have capability. Sure hope Dorrell has it.

  23. Even Hagen has now lost 2 boys in 2 days. No clue how we’ll ever recover from NIL. The pro sports all have a much better plan to ensure both freedom of movement and some semblance of parity. College football is the wild, wild west — and the Buffs aren’t even in the game.

    It’s hard to see how we’ll ever field a competitive team again, at this point. That will lead to less money in the program. And that will lead to less sports at CU, probably in just 5 years time, if nothing is done to fix this (or if some Billionaire doesn’t drop out of the sky for us).

    I love my Buffs… but this is a really hard pill to swallow.

  24. Oh man. I cannot see how Jarek leaving will be considered “good attrition.” Even by the berliner.
    If Alex moves on, that’ll be a bummer, too. Why is it that all the best players are moving on? Will Venn be the savior of the backfield?

    Go Buffs

  25. Ray leaving was the final straw for Broussard. The O line situation was bad enough to begin with.

    are there any other D1 teams dissolving faster than the Buffs? All these departures are way way ahead of baby steps. Does the exodus hurt the Buff brand even more?

    The crazy thing is AU, the worst team in the PAC 12 is screaming ahead in recruiting and transfers.
    What is going on here?

    1. What’s going on here, is Arizona realizes the urgency and opportunity and is busting their a__ to get themselves out of the cellar. I admire that and it will undoubtedly pay dividends on the field and with their fans. It’s clear to see that we’re being out-worked.

      This proves that a school, in a relatively commiserate situation, can makeover their team to their advantage, if they want it bad enough. This shouldn’t have taken anyone by surprise.
      This is not the time for baby steps

      …It’s fast and furious and includes genuine conversations with current players, in assuring them that you’re doing everything in your power to move heaven and earth, in order to help them win. I realize this is happening to most teams, but the difference is how you deal with it.
      In my opinion, current players simply don’t see the passion.

      Time to stop watching the one way-parade and get in the game.

  26. Transfer portal is so great

    The players get one shot to go somewhere else and follow there plan and dreams

    Go Big Transfer Portal

    It’s all about the student Athlete which it should be

    Up the Buffalo

  27. Earache knows car dealers in Pullman?
    Thats all I got ti hear. He is the ultimate networker and as such the right choice to get a real NIL program going at CU

  28. The fact that the portal traffic seems to be a one-way street for us, gives me pause for concern.
    While I understand that KD likes to take his time and hold his cards longer than most and there’s still more time; the fact is, there are schools with similar situations, who already seem to be landing quality players. I’m not talking about the WSU situation, (although that’s a breath of fresh air and an example of how it’s possible to compete creatively.) I’m talking about hungry teams, hustling to make their situations better. Is this one-way street situation a hustle issue? Lack of portal systems infrastructure? No feeling of urgency? Whatever it is… slow and steady doesn’t necessarily always win the race.

    After the NIL whales, “buy” up all of the prime portal athletes, there is then the next wave of players who will find themselves suddenly out of the big money bonanza, and need to explore the next tier of opportunity. This is our time to act. Yes… I see us bringing in some, “adequate” talent, but not necessarily making this a priority. These candidates should be clearly better than the ones we’re losing. The idea here, is to go from good to great.

    This should be where we come in and aggressively sell a real opportunity to compete for starting positions and a beautiful place to spend one’s college experience, etc.
    We should really be able to successfully compete with the next wave of schools, if we have the urgency and desire to do so. Like it or not… the portal system is a strategic tipping point, for the next few years. Let’s Go!

  29. The test of the HCKD strategies and tactics brought on by the transfer portal will be a little more telling next year and even more telling the following year .

    Go Buffs embrace the new……………….historize the old

  30. Man those boys are jumping ship. But look at where they are going?

    Not big time except a couple

    Don’t care. The transfer portal is a blessing for them.

    Christian Gonzalez (Oregon)
    Mark Perry (TCU)
    running back Ashaad Clayton (Tulane);
    receivers Chris Carpenter (UTSA), Keith Miller (Texas A&M Commerce) and La’Vontae Shenault (Alabama State);
    safety Trustin Oliver (Central Arkansas)
    defensive linemen Lloyd Murray Jr. (Sam Houston),
    Jayden Simon (Tulsa)
    Blayne Toll (Arkansas State)

    Go Buffs. Keep upgrading

  31. This is starting to get put of hand
    Should KD have a team meeting (if that is even possible under the rules during the offseason) to have everyone clear the air about their desire going forward. In other words cook or leave the kitchen now so all the other guys who want to stay including the coaches can plan for the coming season without this kind of disruption.

  32. Dang, look at dem cougs go. Not surprising. I know the owner of one of the car dealerships in town is a big coug fan, as are many of the other business owners. I wonder why CU’s NFL guys seem less engaged? Same with our wealthy alumni. There’s not a shortage of them.

    In other news, I wonder where Kanan Ray will land? Sure, we can say he was recruited over, or never met his potential at CU, but he was still a big body w/ some playing experience, and not a freshman or sophomore needing to beef up more. Sure hope they bring in some reinforcements.

    Go Buffs

  33. To answer your question from your WSU article………….ummmmmmmmm, we are the boosters, and wer’re all broke.😂😒

  34. Morning,

    On the road. Looking for Transfer portal (and playing some golf) guys with depth in the mind and and the heart that can and will be able to understand the vision of HCKD. Depth in the mind, like in some real Buff Fans and fakey Buff fans, can be elusive and sometimes unavailable. (Faith leaves the weak in trying times) Been that way forever and that’s okay eh?

    The Tranfer portal is great. Gives the kids an opportunity to fix a mistake. Either by them or the coaches. And they can do this and play right away………

    There goes Jo Davis…………………….Another “midnight mel” recruit …..oh well ….

    Some were “sold” a vision by a previous coach they agreed with? Now not some much……………..Hit the road baby……………..or maybe the new coach has recruited over them…………so given the “free pass” to the transfer train..

    Go Buffs.

    Note: The transfer portal is such a great thing for the players and the teams.

    Note 2: I guess when you look at the buff players that took advantage of the portal, the telling tale is where they end up.

    Note 3: The Buff db room has some really good players who are now going to be sophomores, and 6 db’s incoming from the 22 class.

    Note 4: 2020 class was Midnight melons,

    Note 5: 2021 class was HCKD first real class, but covid funny???
    Note 6: 2022 a good class, but assistants play a big role in the recruiting so with the changes we will see.

  35. Golly gee whiz, sure would be swell to actually pick up a few players from the portal. I mean shoot, there are so many to pick from.

  36. I hate to see 5 or6 of these mercenaries to go. And making it even worse is that so far their aint nuttin coming in from the portal to help on the lines. Has there been anyone but Kopp who has no PT?
    As bleak as it looks (is that enough for ya VK?) if I was KD and one of these guys sent an email or a text or even a phone call asking to come back I wouldnt even bother to say no. just leave em with crickets.
    Coach up the real Buffs….please

  37. There goes Joe Davis. I’d be bummed if Jarek or Alex opted to transfer. We know there’s going to be five or ten more. Hopefully it’s not the starters and/or other key contributors. Probably will be at least a couple though. Oh well. Will be interesting to see.

    Go Buffs.

      1. Totally. I have not paid attention to who is leaving where. And I know that CU isn’t the only team losing starters or other solid contributors. With many, they have depth to spare. With many, they do not, including CU. Unless some of the kids who have not played much, or never played yet, are studs we don’t know about. So hoping they can get some upgrades.

        Go Buffs

      2. Its just trading a bench ridden 4 star for another 5 star recruit for these teams. So far it appears these defections think too much of themselves to wind up here.
        And what does Arizona have? I need to go down there, find out what that coach has going and use it to sell cars. Dealin’ Doug will be begging for mercy.

  38. Good Chat replay w/ Howell that sums up a lot of what Stu has been doing here for Buff Nation.
    Currently at 85 scholies roughly, so actually need more room to bring in some help…
    Howell mentioned more than once “IF” Rice does not stay
    I found it interesting KD’s earlier comments that he laments not having a week after the season ends to meet/talk with his players as he was out on the recruiting trail (seems to reference players jumping into transfer portal)
    and Howell said if you listen to KD about next years offense, it won’t be as run heavy as some fans are freaking out about
    Happy for Bulldog win last night, good game
    Bo Buffs

  39. Stuart,

    Even each of your questions in your poll have become negative.

    What are you a teenage girl who broke up with her boyfriend?

    Your behavior, attitude, and actions are not good (I had other words but…)

    Seriously, look in the mirror, talk to it, listen to it. Is that you?

    I bet your wife would agree………………………Grow up and get back on track……………..

    It’s gonna be fine…………….The Buffs will be fine…………….you will be fine

    I just can’t handle your downer………………….

    Stop it

    I need you leading the fight……………not leading the withdrawl

    Enough

    Many Many agree

    1. Sorry that you will be leaving us to find a kinder, gentler, more optimistic website.

      P.S. Headline from Denver Post (I didn’t read it. I am boycotting the Post until Kiszla leaves): “CU Buffs football will have more of Karl Dorrell’s personal stamp in 2022. But after 4-8, is that a good thing?” … WTF? What does the Post want Dorrell to do – NOT put his personal stamp on the program?
      I call it as I see it. I am not a sunshine pumper, nor I am a shill for the athletic department. If things are bad – and they are – that’s the reality I am going to represent. If Dorrell & Co. pull in a half dozen four-star transfers to replace the starters they have lost, I’ll be the first to shout their praises. If CU continues to flounder in the Age of NIL and the Transfer Portal … that’s the way it is.

      1. You ain’t Kizla but yur drifting there.

        Point out the facts, fine. Always spin the negative words. Not fine

        Times are tough
        don’t go down the rat hole
        buffs

          1. forget the anti depressant. Just get off the shrooms…or maui wowee or whatever the flavor of the month is down at live well..and come back up the rabbit hole
            in the meantime
            kuumbuya dude

  40. The good news for CU when they are out recruiting (mostly 2/3 star players) they can state for a fact that they will play early and often and once they prove themselves they can move on to a great NIL deal.😒

    1. Writing on the wall for those old guys

      Good db class last year and 6 more coming in this year

      Gonna be fine

      Buffs

  41. Effectively CFB is now pro level with an interesting revenue paradigm. The universities keep all the traditional sources of revenue (tickets and TV), while the players get paid by boosters.

  42. To me, Mekhi leaving is the lesser indictment on Karl’s vision. He has his degree (or Will in the spring) and spent four years at CU with three different staffs. The fact he was a captain means he probably had the respect of both his teammates and the coaches. Talented kid – based on CU’s roster – and may get a crack at the nfl, so still a tough loss, but so be it.

    Let’s hope the kids they have grow up and fill those db shoes quickly, and/or they bring in some talented transfers, or both.

    Go Buffs

    1. Yes, agree…and definitely time to do an evaluation of what we still have on roster at DB/S
      Talent and depth have taken a hit.
      Time to bring in some good news KD, I’d say lines and def backfield are in need of reinfrorcements

      Quick nod to Mekhi – you definitely stuck it out here, thanks and best of luck to you.

    2. Sheesh
      Please explain the indictment of HCKD’s. Vision

      You keep repeating it in different negative forms but you never explain it

      Buff-noted

  43. While I realize some of these transfers were not his recruits, this doesn’t bode well For Darrell! What is he like behind closed doors, WTF is going on that all want to jump ship?!!

    1. It’s called NIL, in as CU has NIL money. Seriously, Blackmon may or may not be drafted and play in the NFL, wouldn’t you go for a $50-100K graduation present to go play one year for some other team. Yes, CF is broken.

      1. I thought about it and was pretty sure I would turn it down. I wasnt on the team but 50k, even in 50 year old money wouldn’t have got me to go to another school. I could have received my degree elsewhere but my Boulder experience was worth more. And after graduating it turned out I was making twice that a year after 2 years.

        1. I assume you say that would be your reaction but I also assume that you can afford to turn down $50k and thus, soak up the CU experience from your condo on the Hill. For many of these kids, their families often didn’t see $50k in any year of their lives. That’s big money to them and they can’t wait to jump at the opportunity to take it.

          1. absolutely wrong. I stayed mostly in one room carved out in old houses like the ones on Marine and shared a pitiful bathroom. Made dinner most of the time on a hot plate in the room. 35 to 50 bucks a month. I couldnt afford the dorms but didnt want to stay there anyway.
            My mother passed away when I was thirteen. My father put her soc sec into my and my brother’s tuition and books and I worked washing dishes, building barb wire fence and other day work waiting at the labor union bldg. Missed several classes for that.
            Finally got on the Campus grounds crew my senior year and was able to get class scheduling around it. Still had to borrow a thousand bucks to finish.
            I just loved being at CU, in Boulder and most of the people I met.
            So take your assumptions and condo and shove em………

    1. Could probably make the case that Brenden and gonzo helped win the osu game. The other two Pac 12 wins, could probably argue the other team lost, more than our team won. That first win doesn’t count.

      Go Buffs

    2. I agree.

      The team lost or won, and did so with poor offensive coaching period.

      I ain’t gonna miss those three period.

      or those 12

      Buffs

  44. Dagger Schmagger

    I don’t care about this at all

    Buffs

    Note: Earache said the NIL was not even in the top 5 for HCKD not being able to sell the vision to the high-end players. Wonder what the top 5 are.

    1. No, that isn’t what I said. I said NIL was not the reason gonzo, rice and perry were leaving.

      It seems I was right, but we will see if any of them get massive sponsorships.

      But it seems gonzo left to follow his position coach and play for a winning team, despite an unproven head coach.

      Rice seems to have left for an offense that more suits his skills, specifically, that will pass more. Karl is now saying they will pass more, apparently. Also apparently, Brenden didn’t get the memo. Because, Karl had to be out recruiting. Apparently. Ok.

      Perry? We’ll see where he ends up.

      Either way, we all hope Karl and co can replace or upgrade those losses. I am not as confident as you are in their ability to do that.

      Go Buffs

      Ps- back to ignoring you. Was able to get past at least a few of your recent trolling attempts. Keep on keepin on

  45. Rivals listed 5 portal offers from the Buffs.

    Barf

    One O lineman from Georgetown described as a bust. Does Georgetown actually have a football team?
    One D lineman with a high school 4 star rating “best described as a reservist” from Auburn.

    I sure hope rivals is trolling the Buffs and there are other offers out there to at least some average starting athletes .

    1. It may be a faint hope, but Rivals is reporting those who have posted tweets about receiving offers from CU.
      Perhaps … just perhaps … better players are not quite as enthusiastic about their offers.
      Brenden Rice says he has 30 offers, but isn’t listing them.

      1. still depressing we made the offers.
        Everyone has a “plan”
        The fact these 2 haven’t accepted the offer means they are looking for someplace they might get on the field and dont think its possible here.
        Cant get the good ones….or the dregs
        sheeesh

          1. I agree, have you ever had a happy day in your life ep. You don’t like any of the coaches and very few players why do keep torturing yourself

          2. not sorry I am dragging all you koolaid drunks down with reality. I do kinda wonder about all your giddiness on all thats been happening with the program.
            If y’all are willing to accept way less than mediocrity then thats what you will get….there I go again and once again not sorry

        1. I myself enjoy and appreciate ep’s reality check. I mean how long do we continue to get real excited about all this, particularly just before the season, and then by about the 3rd game or sooner if we have a quality opponent realize in Boulder it’s “Ground Hog Day” again?

          Old old hackneyed saying…. “Proof Is In The Pudding.” Don’t know about some of you but I’m running out of years.

          1. Yes ep is a treasure, albeit an old one.

            Just concerned about the mental stability (Lack of thereof) he is showing.

            It’s not about a reality check. Oh wait maybe it is….for him.

            It appears, he has just given up. And, that is not ep.

            That is what is concerning.
            Triple vaxed, triple masked and he still has the negativity disease.

            Praying for him.

            Note: Get well ep

  46. The game has now changed. We’re losing some of our very best players. There’s nothing to lose.
    We need to get moving. NOW. It’s dog eat dog time.

    At the risk of being repetitive and melodramatic, this bizzare free agency frenzy will make or break many teams. Teams will either rapidly adjust, get with the times and quickly improve their rosters, or go the way of sears/robuck. Who? …Exacly.

    Hearing about Wyoming and Florida, making creative moves, makes me admire their moxy and their ability to be bold, agile and forward thinking. Maybe their moves will pay dividends, or maybe not; but at least, they’re out there swinging. Hats off to them. They have fire, passion and purpose. Those who think spending too much energy reworking their rosters, will lose out on a great opportunity.

    Now is the time to identify the most coveted players in the portal, (given our needs) and actively focus on landing them. Given the ridiculous number of players now available in the portal, along with the scholarship limitations for all teams; an aggressive staff really has the chance to improve their rosters dramatically. I have a feeling that there are more players on our roster, that will decide to try their luck elsewhere, so we may have several spots to fill. This train is moving very fast. My hope is that KD sees the incredible value in this opportunity and quickly puts together his best effort to identify, target and successfully sign the players who will allow him to run whatever system he desires. He can possibly even take advantage of contacts and relationships of his new coaching staff.

    This portal/NIL craziness is getting out of hand, so it may soon need to be somewhat regulated. In the meantime, smart aggressive teams will greatly benefit, (if they so choose).
    The game has changed. We need to roll with it with agility and purpose. No excuses.
    We need to get moving.
    Go Buffs

  47. I don’t usually agree with Dan wetzel’s opinions. It seems he’s often like finebaum and over the top with the sec. but I think in this piece he gets it pretty right:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/caleb-williams-transfer-portal-entry-is-latest-and-loudest-example-of-free-agency-taking-flight-in-college-football-030744005.html

    And importantly, caleb and his dad are focused on the long term plan. Not the nil flash in the pan. Sounds like they always have been.

    Go Buffs

  48. This is getting more nutso everyday
    Coaches getting massive buyouts with total failure not just cause……..and being able to jump ship to double their salary. Small bet that Saban will threaten retirement if they dont shovel another 5 or 10 million at him.
    Now we got players holding schools hostage in a salary…scuse me…..NIL bidding war. Williams will probably be in the next Aflac commercial with Nick and Deon….or maybe with Rogers and Mahomes

  49. Mac would have never won a NC had the transfer portal been around back then, if just one of the key players would have left, that hard and very close race would have ended up otherwise. Mac had a lot of buy in from Cal players and blue chippers just like the ones the Buffs are losing now.

    Add NIL and the money and players like Rice will leave (especially with his name recognition); your 18-22 and money gets thrown your way (more than many make after college) along with an opportunity to also play on an already good team rather than be a part of building one.

    I think it’s more of what they can get elsewhere rather than just who’s the new or out going coach, if midnight mel tells a player that he helped recruit that they could play for a highly ranked team and get paid six figures, and more if productive, than that kid is going to leave.

    Your 20 years old and are going to make $100,000 this year and play on a winning team, how hard would it be to just go, knowing once there the fallout will go away? Very much “instant gratification”.

    And a kid that saw a lot of poverty and finical struggle will make that decision even faster.

    1. I guess we’ll find out how much NIL is impacting the players leaving CU. I don’t think that’s the main reason. Probably not even top three, or five. I am curious to see where they land though. As well as to see if CU can land any.

      Christian’s probably going to declare for the draft after next year, which may put him in the first three rounds, which will pay him handsomely. Rice already has some NIL deals, and I don’t think he’s necessarily going to get paid a ton, at this point, based on his name alone. The other guys who left? None are going to get NIL money, I don’t think. Unless it’s just small stuff that they could get at CU or anywhere, if they work at it, and/or have the support from the school to try to create that revenue stream.

      I still think the NIL thing is way overblown, and we’ll see significant retraction of some of the dumb money that’s being tossed around right now. And, for those tossing their cash around only to support their team, without looking for a return on their investment? They were probably already out there doing that, just under the table. Now, it’s more visible.

      It’s an evolving story, for sure.

      Go Buffs

  50. Rice is not buying into the run first run often offense. I get it…. Sad to see him go but frankly we don’t seem to have a an that can get him the ball at the pace he wants and I think our offensive coordinator is going to run a lot.

  51. I dunno, it seems like we’re starting to become the G League for other schools. We develop players so they can be called up to big leagues.🤔

    1. This is EXACTLY what Colorado has become. All the guys that show that they can play … they will go where they can get paid!

      If I were a coach at any “well-backed” school, that’s exactly what I would be telling them (without any risk, by the way). Just jump in the portal, and we’ll put 6 figures on the table for you. Plus you’ll have the chance to play for titles and championships!

      I love CU … but the New Football Order is going to leave us behind like old trash. I know it’s pessimistic, so ANYONE that can produce a vision where something better is happening – please do it! I need it!!!

  52. Yikes, I was worried about Rice, oh well. Have a feeling there will be more, who’s next ?
    Feeling more like defections rather than transfers.
    Now I am thinking of comments during the season by a player (Broussard ?) saying the team needed to stick together and believe in what they were doing, hmm…
    Maybe I am reaching too far.
    Setbacks for sure, a lot of talent has walked out the door, but change is one of the few constants.
    Love to hear KD talk about some of this, no matter what he owns where we end up, his ship.
    And I am hanging on and willing to ride it out for 2 more years, he deserves that much.
    Time to root for the Utes in Pasadena.
    Oh the life of a Buff fan

    1. Yep. Support. Hope. Send money and hope he rights the ship. But dang if the optimism doesn’t keep taking hits. I have not felt this bad about our prospects since the embree hire. And I hoped I was wrong then too.

      Go Buffs

  53. Some people think coaches dont have much to do with a team’s success but I bet they believe they can be blamed for failure……by doing things besides coaching.
    CB coach leaves….Blam….2 of the best DBs gone too.
    And then there is the new OC who hasnt even begun coaching but because of his rep as run heavy offense, which doesnt seem to bother Kopp all that much…….Blam…..best receiver is gone.
    cant blame him.
    And only a team cursed like the Buffs would they have an ex WR for a HC who also wants a run heavy offense.

    1. Selling the vision is at least 90% of that 30% (to paraphrase some famous baseball guy). And so far, it doesn’t look like the team’s best players are buying that vision. And that may have been a part of the lack of offense last year. We’ll see if b-lew sticks around or not. I hope he does. He’s a tough kid who should improve a lot from last year to this one and he makes the competition stronger for the starting gig.

      Go Buffs

  54. Oops. Ok. So transfers are going to happen. And maybe CU’s best players aren’t that great. But, they are still their best players. And they have been with Karl for two years. And they don’t seem to be buying what he is selling.

    I will continue to hope the new coaches can turn that tide, but this doesn’t stoke me as a great harbinger of things to come. Prove me wrong, Karl. Please.

    Go Buffs

  55. No receiver coach

    Just how it goes

    Buffs.

    The 2020 class and the transfers in is pretty much a disaster. Not wait it is a disaster. Those boys were all talk and no action. Whining all the way Yup even rice.
    [
    The 2020 class was midnight mels anyway so there is that.

    1. No receiver coach? Do you mean with chev, or now? Because I don’t think they have a receiver coach now, do they? And they still have to lose one, somewhere too.

      I love that you are carrying the optimistic torch these days, but I just don’t see it. I hope I am proven wrong. But this is looking like a slide right into an entirely new athletic department. If the administration cares enough to find a better team. Rick has done well raising and managing money. But football is staring to look like a smoldering dumpster fire the likes of which we have not seen in about 20yrs. I would like some of your shrooms, please. Maybe then I can see the illusion?

      Go Buffs

      1. Well, I am convinced an entire culture and attitude change is required. And you are see it. The 21 class and the 22 class will set the standard with the new coaches. You can see it happening.

        HCKD has a thought process and it sells with the recruits he is after. It will turn this year.

        Mid note: Yes no real WR coach the last 2 years so as of right now, nothing has changed. Oh wait there now is a real OC, even if you don’t like his game philosophy. The difference is the Buffs will have an identity.

        So ya, I feeling more than ok with this whole deal. New players and more important, new coaches. Real coaches, which even you naysayers agree with (and your are wrong about the OC by the way)

        Bowl Buffs.

        Note: The Illusion. You will never see it cause you only see what you want to see. That is the beauty of the illusion.

        1. I hope you’re right. And I agree that Karl having an oc whose offensive vision aligns with his, is more important than what that philosophy actually is. It isn’t the X’s and O’s As much as the vision, and the jimmies and joes buying into it so they execute it to the best of their abilities.

          But, it’s stronger if you can sell that vision to the most talented and experienced players you have, and so far, that isn’t looking good.

          I really hope they open spring practices. That might be a good way to show the culture they are building. But won’t hold my breath for that.

          Go Buffs

          1. The vision.
            Some players are blinded by their own vision. And admittedly for the 2020 class, this ain’t what midnight mel sold em. An those from previous classes well they didn’t do well anyway.

            It appears HCKD can sell his vision to the new guys and their parents. The new coaches bring a totally different attitude. And yes I guess some talent was lost but being the supposed “stats” best on a bad team “don’t impress me much”

            So yup I am bought in to HCKD. Haven’t seen anyone like him around here in 15 years.

            Buffs are Up

  56. Well we continue to lose our best players through the transfer portal and get mediocre/non starters in. How do you think that will play out long term?

  57. Just read Perry’s gusher of a parting statement. Just like all the other “leavers” ….I want to thank everyone because it has been so awesome and everything has been great but I am really going to thank you (in slightly more diplomatic words) by stickin it to you.
    Nothing but self centered cheap damage mitigation.
    I know yo mama said dont say anything it all if you cant say anything nice and I would prefer that instead of a lot of hooey. The truth is they see CU as a sinking ship that wont be saved during their time here, even though they are going to do their part to keep it sinking, and think they are good enough to get themselves some of that NIL elsewhere.
    Dr. Suess wrote a book about these guys titled “Marvin K. Mooney” Think of the last name with one less “O.”
    I sincerely hope he apologized in person to most of his team mates and begged their forgiveness.
    The one thing he said that really hurts is…”I would like to thank everyone around the Colorado Football program for helping shape me into the man I am today”
    ouch

  58. Rest In Peace, John madden. The voice of a generation. Actually, many. Crazy the show aired Christmas Day, and he passes today.

    Legend.

    Go Buffs

  59. My hope is, that right now, we are aggressively moving from, “good, to great” via the transfer portal, and JC teams. We should be furiously heating up the transfer wires. We should be signing linemen, filling holes, finding solutions and even developing new strategies, if necessary; in order to emerge from this crazy new system, a leaner, meaner version of our former selves. We should be pairing down overloaded positions, (tight ends) to realistic numbers, to make room for positions of need, (lines). We should be having conversations with students who need to move on to other situations, where they’ll have a better chance to play. We should take advantage of this new cutthroat musical chairs and put together a team filled with talented athletes, who have a chip on their respective shoulders and are excited for a chance to prove themselves.
    We can feel sorry for ourselves, or we can move.

    If we work hard and move fast, we can turn this into a great opportunity to improve. This new system will make or break many teams. This is a tipping point and a chance to test leadership.
    It’s now up to them to succeed or fail.
    Let’s Go!
    Go Buffs

    1. Agree completely. It’s how leaders respond to changing circumstances that counts. There are opportunities here, not just doom and gloom because two guys (although good players) leave because their position coach departs. There will probably be more hits as this new environment shakes out. It seems inevitable so action plans need to be created and executed upon. Thanks for the positive post. Go Buffs!!

      1. Every pile of crap has nuggets of gold in it. For the intrepid willing to dive in. Or for the more eloquent, something about clouds and silver linings.

        Go Buffs

  60. After watching the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins game yesterday, and seeing the upbeat interview with current Dolphin Phillip Lindsay, I was so encouraged about the direction of the Colorado football program. He described the family atmosphere in Miami that allowed for the players not to be too down following the 1-7 start (keeping in mind that the team is the first in history with a seven game losing streak and a seven game winning streak in the same season). Coach Flores selected Assistant Coach Dorrell to be his “Associate Head Coach” with Miami. There has been every indication that Coach Dorrell would be bringing an enhanced version of his generally successful UCLA experience to C.U. The entry to the portal of two outstanding young defenders shakes the “buy-in” foundation of these principles/ideals to the very core. The turnaround of the C.U. program cannot come soon enough, particularly as NIL, the portal, and the shortcomings of the past two decades are working against the type of “rebuild” Coach Dorrell is seeking to establish.

    All the VERY best Coach Dorrell as you push the rock uphill. May your results unfold along the lines of Coach McCartney accomplishment rather than become a repeat the of the Sisyphus myth.

    1. I thought that was encouraging too. The other side to that is that in their run of wins, they have played against some pretty bad qb’s.

      If the Buffs have a qb who can read and react quickly and accurately, and get the ball out on time, that will go a long way to improving the offense.

      I also hope they can replace md improve upon the guys who are leaving. Here’s to hoping rice sticks around and keeps buying what Karl is selling.

      Go Buffs

      1. Those two defenders will be difficult to replace through the portal, but, just may be replaced eventually through the recent recruits. There were some outstanding corners and safeties signed. Yes, we can also hope for a stop to the attrition through the portal. Regarding Rice, I thought it was noteworthy that #2, the young Mr. Rice, was prominently displayed (front and center) on the rollout video shown on signing day. So much hope he will be around C.U. for the long haul.

  61. First, Christian Gonzalez and now, Mark Perry. Forgive me for captioning the obvious but this has not been a December to remember for the Buffs.

  62. there are 2 defectors now that are going to be hard to live without. Both following the example of their position coach. One of the coach jobs is to build team moral, esprit de corps…band of brothers stuff. When they pick up and leave the players scratch their heads and say “it was all BS. I might as well head for the big time money too.”
    I hope VK is right about Sanford. He may have to ante up chev’s 30 points a game joke quite a bit to win any games. I certainly wont a bet a dime on it but if he does I will bet the farm he will be gone just like dinner bell Mel

    1. Amazing how many defensive players that started this year will not be there next year. Graduation, moving on, transfer portal.

      It will be a challenge. But there are some young players signed by HCKD that have the talent to step into it and make it happen

      Go Buffs.

      Note: Recall all the rumors, quotes, interviews from the players that mentioned dissension, not on the same page, not bought in etc etc. Perhaps, not for sure the players left will fix those real/perceived issues.

  63. The great migration continues. Proven players to better programs with NIL money. Unproven/Busts/Mediocre players to universities with little/no NIL money. I don’t know where this will end up but right now it will be the rich get richer and the poor will get poorer.

  64. THE PORTAL. Justification that college sports are a big business….not a means to get a free education.

    Some lawyers representing collegiate athletes are gloating over their coup.

    The big just get bigger. The rich just get richer. THE FANS GET SCREWED.

    IT PROVES COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE JUST BIG BUSINESS….

    1. College football has been a big business for a long time now. I think the TV revenue last year was something like $8B. It’s just that now the ones that generate that value (ie the players) want a bigger piece of the pie and I don’t think there is any way to stop them from getting it. The universities that understand this and adopt will still be fielding teams at the highest level and those that don’t will be relegated. This is my opinion about the future, but I don’t really see any other way it can go. It’s like what happened to Blockbuster Video. There used to be one of those on every block and then there weren’t.

  65. Such news either takes a leader down because of their inability to change, or it fires them up to make sudden, bold moves in the heat of battle. This is where we find out if KD has the necessary fire in his belly, or if we baby step our way to another coaching search in a year or two, while bitterly complaining about funding disparity.

    While I understand that KD’s DNA makes him uncomfortable when someone moves the stapler from the place he always likes to keep it on his desk; there is hopefully a place down deep in his soul, that cries out for quick action, once he realizes he may not have several years to comfortably, methodically play this out.

    I think of Mac, many years ago, boldly deciding to completely switch offensive styles at what he recognized as a critical fork in the road. I recently gained much respect for Norvell, for moving heaven and earth, so that he’s virtually assured of having, “Nevada East” in place, once the season starts out in Ft. Collins. Reserved personalities will always call such moves foolhardy. No. I’m not asking for an option offense; just for a bit of bold creativity.
    Such change makes people uncomfortable. They will insist that things aren’t that dire. I guess that’s a difference in perception. I respectfully agree to disagree.

    Fact… The portal exists. You don’t have to be victimized by it. As long as you don’t hurt students, it can be a valuable tool. Other schools have lots more money. That’s reality. We can’t just sit still and complain. This sort of thing will keep happening to us, until we make bold moves that will level out an uneven playing field.

    I’ve noticed talking heads and writers shaking their heads and patronizing fans for being impatient. There will always be however, differing opinions in this world.
    I’m not personally saying throw the baby out with the bathwater, but my contention is, …we simply don’t have the talent and/or coaching infrastructure, to ground and pound successfully and the competitive landscape won’t disappear anytime soon; so we need to figure out some out of the box, creative solutions. Just my personal opinion.

    I’m not angry at Oregon. (OK, I’m a little angry, but I can’t blame them for making bold moves to win.) Those ducks have the passion of hungry lions. Hungry to win. That’s unfortunate for us.
    I don’t like it, but I respect it.

    I also understand the funding disparity; but that should only make an effective leader more creative in making bold moves to break the cycle. You either do something about such circumstances, or become an organization that this sort of thing keeps happening to…
    That’s reality.

    Let’s do something about it.

    Bold moves make heroes.

    I know many will disagree. So be it.

    Merry Christmas. Go Buffs

    1. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD MORNING!

      Up early. Breakfast ingredients for the family all planned out.
      Gonna make a bold move here and gonna make a little chipped beef on toast.
      It will be very innovative to say the least.
      Kids have never had it but it is time to get them back on breakfast band wagon.
      I am gonna break the cycle
      Done with the baby steps.
      This will be a bold move
      It will be creative
      It will be outta the box
      I wanna be a hero.
      I’m gonna move the salt shaker from it’s usual place

      I am gonna be playing in the “Kitchen of Dreams”!!
      I may even dig out that ol wishbone from that long departed turkey.

      The fam is getting anxious, down right rude and has all the answers. Ha!
      I need to make this breakfast a success.

      Even though when they served it in Basic, and AIT and OCS, and Jump, and Jungle I would go hungry till lunch.

      I would try and attack right through it, be aggressive, be innovative, but that was always an error as the stomach eruptions (both directions) was cause for much misery and embarrassment

      The baby step eating and nibbling routine and slowly ingesting that concoction always was the smart plan.
      That baby step plan would get me to lunch where there usually was a nice belly filling, good tasting hunk of something. Win and a jam job. Hmmmmm

      Made it so there.

      Go Me……………..get that stuff ready……………those nice drinks too.

      Note: Merry Christmas again

      Note 2: Yup the fam is gonna be forced to take action and aggressively attack this wonderful meal they have never had before.

      Note 3: Me? I am gonna be using the baby step strategy cause this is what the situation calls for

    2. Well said GJBuff! I respect, appreciate, and wholeheartedly agree with your candid comments about leadership. Although there are many circumstances that make winning at CU challenging that’s all they are is circumstances. Leaders who are great do so regardless of their circumstances if it’s truly important to them. Unfortunately, at the University of Colorado it isn’t that important.

  66. It’s all over but the crying now. Top player that don’t pan out will transfer to lesser programs. Players from mid tier programs that pan out will transfer to top tier (those that have the money) programs.

  67. If you don’t want to be a Buff( Mr. Gonzalez) then move on. And don’t let the door hit you in the a** on the way out. We have other corners that will fill your shoes adequately. It pisses me off that these kids think so highly of themselves yet have no loyalty to the program that gave them a chance out of high school. This is the new “ME” generation. These players develop bloated egos due to becoming social media darlings with lots of followers. I will cheer and support the players that are on this team. That what a Buff fan does! I have been doing this for 40 years and will continue until the day I die!!!

    1. Egreen, your comments are right on. I feel it is going to be very hard much of the time to be a real fan of college athletics now and in the future (NIL ERA is upon us). Mitch Albon with the Detroit Free Press had a very good article in USA Today a couple of days ago. I hope that Stuart would link to it.

      I too will remain a hard core Buff fan as I have for many many years and I guess maybe what has occurred with this down period of a football program over the last couple decades has inured many of us to present day reality and we’ll suffer through. We’ve had some good years and some real down years, but I will always try to keep in my memories the Glory Years during Mac 1’s latter years.

  68. Does anyone know anything about boosters organizing for NIL? I don’t have any idea how to find out about this. Maybe there is something discussed on the pay boards? If we don’t get something going there will be a lot more players leaving. All of the players that can get paid will go to the highest bidders. That’s college football now.

  69. I bet Gonzalez lands at Oregon, following his position coach… which sucks. This is a perfect example of how things have changed with players being able to be free agents and follow coaches. It’s great when we pick up a coach and/or players of need, but it sucks CU develops either and then loses them to a school with more money.

    OU has poached CU before, and now with NIL and the portal it’ll only get easier.

  70. I feared this would happen. KD is moving too slowly to turn things around. He may think he has a plan, but so do the assn’t coaches and worse so do the players. Instead of a great QB we take another untested freshman as a transfer. Looking at HS lineman who didn’t get any offers at the early signing period. This isn’t building momentum, and CU badly needs momentum. I like KD as a man, but I don’t see the program doing great things next year. I do hope I am wrong, but I don’t see KD really taking CU back to its highest. Ask yourself, why did no other team ever see the “potential” in KD after all those years in the NFL?
    Remember, UCF and Wake Forest were nothing schools with no recruiting reputations in football. In no time they turned into winners because of the head coach’s approach. I don’t see kids getting excited about CU, do you readers see it?
    Of course Meat would leave for a better offer, we aren’t getting bowl money bonuses at CU and nothing is gonna change next year. Its hope JT will be our QB, but the newly hired O coor has a nice resume, but not real results. The Oline coach had a poor performing O line his last 2 years at AZ when he had the unit all to himself. Nice resume, but I fear they they turn out to be nothing burgers.
    I want nothing but the best for my dear school of 2 degrees. But this is looking nothing like the old days of Tarver and Branch (who lived above me) or Bobby Anderson, or all the football players I prepped up in my science field to get them through their requirements.
    I do hope I am wrong at the Football team, but I have to look at the situation without rose colored glasses and I fear things are only marginally better.
    Merry Christmas CU, the teams, and all you fans. I wish us nothing but the best, and hope 2022 will be a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year for all of us!

    1. Welp,

      All those year in the nfl. Okay.
      Now he did try Vanderbilt. Bad decision.

      Now as far as enthusiasm he just signed a bunch of recruits.
      Missed on the oline recruits but now a new ol coach

      Ya we all got a plan till the first punch lands. But the good ones have backup and back up, and flexible alternatives. Certainly you have had them. I have.

      Yup gonna lose coaches. Losing Meat is a tough one. Steak is expensive. The ducks can afford it just like the spartasses whotook the really good oline coach.

      I figure when the new recruits show up in 2022 and then you have 2021 recruits and I figure half the 2020 class and the transfers last year and this year that 85% of the scholarship players are guys he wanted and or got.

      So there is that.

      Gonna have at least 4 new assistant coaches next year. Again his guys.

      Is he moving fast enough?
      When your dragging the millstones of the previous 4 head coaches speed is tough to obtain, but steady progress is required!

      Figure he has coached 1 year fully (2020 is not a counter even with a bowl)

      But in his first 13 conference games he has won 6
      Mikeymac one 2 in his first 27 games

      So it may appear slow and maybe it is, but the progress is there and continuing.

      Expectations and Patience…………….The dichotomy of a Buff fan

      Lets go Buffs…
      “I said go if you want to go
      Stay if you want to stay
      I didn’t care if you hung around me
      I didn’t care if you went away…..”

      Buffalo up

  71. Nice Christmas present to the Buff fans from Gone…zalez
    To Oregon with Martin?
    Why do all these “thank yous” from these transfers ring so hollow?
    The process I described earlier is now in play with the Buffs. Its not just the guys at the bottom of the depth chart looking elsewhere for PT that pack their bags. The bigger teams are now poaching the players on the other teams that blossom after a successful season or 2.
    The portal is a 2 way sword. Teams like CU will now be exchanging their best players with guys from the bottom of other team’s depth chart.
    The sucking continues and intensifies.

  72. Merry Christmas and Happy 2022 to Stuart and all who log on to this site!!

    The Christian Gonzalez loss is a big one. He is an outstanding player. He may be following his position coach. He may be following NIL. He may be following a dream of playing for a National Championship. Regardless of the reason, his loss could possibly represent a sea change for C.U. Portal losses in the McCartney years would have come from the second stringers/fringe players and not from a Christian Gonzalez. His loss could, possibly, underscore, more than the other portal losses, the true stance of C.U. in “the pecking order.” I hope this loss is one of the last ones and only is because a player is following a position coach. I hope the other players are “all in,” and help turn the program around – the sooner, the better!!

    1. He was the best player on the entire roster….for just one season too, as he will enter the draft as a RD1 pick the following season.
      Starting to think about the ‘definition’ for insanity…programs like CU need to figure out a new model as the traditional one no longer works for ‘our tier’ of schools.

  73. Gonzo say it ain’t so………………..say it ain’t so

    Okay say it’s to. Good luck where ever you go and thanks for stopping by it seems we hardly new ya.

    Sheesh you lose your coach and bam you can’t handle it and have to leave.
    Oh wait………………hmmmm…………….Mallard feathers in your hair……is that right. Or like the texas rb………………….homesick>?

    Seriously good luck

    It’s funny! Did midnight Mel have a real recruiting class at CU? 2019 was kinda mickymacs too.
    Anyway the 2020 class was his class with a little input from HCKD
    So
    6 have jumped in the portal
    several never showed up or couldn’t get in
    a couple just left/quit

    So out of 23 in the class
    about half are no longer here?

    Just how it is these days
    Shed no tears for them or for CU

    It appears that CU will be/could be a JC type situation for some players to prove themselves then head off to the big time football factories………

    No Matter to Me.

    Go CU

    Buffs

    Note: Gonna be HCKD team, His coaches, his players, his plan.

    Note 2. Predict there will be more transfers from the 2020 recruiting class. The QB???? Maybe so…….and you know why right…….if this happens??

  74. Not to be too snarky but…. Let’s see, Oregon got NIX, CU got KOOP. What’s wrong with this picture?
    Now I’m sure he is a great kid, and nothing on him, but these baby steps of KD are not building my confidence. Midnight Mel was trying to turn things around with passion. None of these hires strike me as going to get the ship turned around soon. Hope I’m wrong, but KD is going to need a bottle of extra strength Tums and Stresstabs come the Fall at the rate we are going.

      1. Well I’d guess if MSU wasn’t in such horrible shape that they had to throw ridiculous money at Mel to get him to jump, we’d be a lot further along. Just think of the O line coach we would still have, the 4* kids that were looking at us and would probably have ben signing, etc. Mel had charisma and had the Buff Club so excited to support the team. Maybe you have forgotten how excited the fan base was. Plus, he might be using the scholarship on portal transfer players who could step right in and win now. Just saying Mel had many good features but we all feel burned by him but CU would be way further along had he stayed.

        1. I think the point was any passion FOR CU. It looked like an incredible stroke of luck he actually got here in the first place. I bet he was having buyers remorse not long after he signed. If he isn’t going to church he ought to be after MSU cleaned out their bank vault for him.
          coulda woulda shoulda….pffft
          mercenary doesnt begin to describe college football anymore Martin just left for the shoe guy and the NIL pretty much has the rest of the bases covered.
          Ten bucks says When Kelly doesnt bring home the NC in 2 seasons and Mel has a couple more like the last one…………..

  75. Looks like a decent addition. It seems like he sees the field clearly, has a quick release and good route anticipation. Good attempts to picks ratio, shows he makes good decisions under fire. The lack of college football experience, still makes him a question mark; but I really like the potential.

    He has the tools to pick a defense apart, if his O-line can give him half a chance. C’mon portal…

    Hopefully a lively competition in the QB room will now bring out an obvious starter and backup.

    Go Buffs

  76. I like the addition of the QB from Houston as he automatically makes that room better prospect wise. I too wonder about the addition of big bodies through the portal. I quietly hope that the situation on O-Line isn’t as dire as it appears with what we already have. Filip and Wray being healthy–the development of 2021 transfer Fenske–the development of young and body massive recent recruits like Lichtenhan and Amaya–and of course the ability of a high potential guy like Carson Lee getting on track and overcoming serious legal issues. In the case of Lee, the last I heard is that he is still a member of the team. All of that said, I wish one and all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and maybe a gift of a new and solid O-Line coach under the tree.

  77. Thanks to my wife, who has control of the remote, with my welcome permission, she records most of the programs we watch including the sporting events. Anyone who has read a couple of my posts realizes I am an impatient SOB. the older I get the worse it gets. Especially with the commercials that have spread like cancer. TV was free and you had to put up with a few commercials but now its 85 bucks a month for the basic…real basic package and 10 times as many commercials. and to make things worse its the same damn ones over and over again for months. the Goebbels method of marketing.
    Sorry about all the digressing and griping but we record the programs to fast forward throw all the huckster BS.
    Getting to the point. I did see one that stuck with me. I have no idea what they were pushing. nowdays you have to listen to them equate their product with all kinds of emotions and heartstring stuff including patriotism till you glaze over what they are actually trying to sell you.
    along those lines Matt Damon said “fortune favors the brave.”
    Why cant that be true in college football any more? instead of baby steps. Its because the damn coaches are already making a fortune and will continue to make a fortune with what it seems like no matter how much they fail.
    Its a strange world we live in.
    mike drop in favor of another beer.

  78. Ok, new transfer qb is interesting. Young guy. Competition. Not a guaranteed 1 or 2. Less mobile. Allegedly. Gonna be, wait for it, interesting. I reckon. Dudemanbro.

    Go Buffs

  79. KD copped Kopp.
    This kid was super prolific in high school. I couldn’t find any stats for him on the U. of Houston website, which has to be one of the worst college athletic websites I have ever seen. The portal told me he enrolled at Houston this year so that leaves him with a lot of playing seasons. Maybe this will challenge Sanford to come up with a passing game.
    Was it a commenter, a coach or Howell? who came up with the we are going to emulate Stanford idea…..as a run heavy offense.
    Wasnt the Stanford legacy mostly built with Jim Plunkett, John Elway and Andrew Luck? Yeah they could afford to run the ball now and then and all those O linemen, who are supposed to be the smartest position lined up to protect those guys. Lately however they got lucky with McCaffrey but it looks like the run first thing has caught up with them.
    If Shaw cant find another guy who can throw the damn ball like Stanford QBs of yore he may decide to take his millions and go fishing soon.
    Back to Kopp. If this guy turns out to be the real deal Tad better give Carter some PT to keep him at home. But how will we know in a run heavy offense?

  80. During one of those age induced periods of idleness I decided to see what was available in the portal in the way of linemen. I went back through the month of December before I got tired of scrolling.
    I counted only players who were 3 stars and above the scouting service rating of .8500.
    First the good news. D linemen are more than plentiful. Mostly interior D linemen but there were also 5 four star edge guys that still haven’t committed.
    O linemen ….not so much. No 4 stars at all the haven’t committed elsewhere. Only 5 OTs above .8500. and 6 guys described as interior offensive linemen.
    ouch
    Maybe thats why KD is hesitant to sign up one of these guys…why I’m sure some of them may be hesitant to come here in spite of the considerable opportunity to start.
    If Sanford can pick a winner OL coach that will help him greatly as well as the team. Tonight I will burn a soccer ball as a sacrifice to the football gods.

      1. Hate to say this but they’re actually comparable.

        USNWR Rankings
        CU #99
        Auburn #99
        Oregon #99

        They are literally all tied for #99.

        1. I’m sorry but USNWR rankings are useless. Poorly done. Poor metrics. If you use these to pick your school (other than the top twenty or so which are the same in everyone’s rankings I would suggest (no offense) you are ill informed

          Buffs

          1. There are several if not least 7 well respected ranking organizations of universities, USNWR is not one of them.

            You can look them up.

            But in every ranking, no what the criteria and it is broad, narrow and diverse the rankings always look like this.

            CU in the 30 to 40 ranges
            OU in the 70 to 150 ranges
            Auburn in the 115 to 250 range.

            Buffs win

  81. Anyone hearing anything about transfers that are interested in CU? Or anyone it is believed that the coaches are targeting?
    I’m a bit surprised at how large the incoming class is expected to be. Means a lot more current players will need to leave before transfers are factored in.
    Brian Howell over at Buffzone has said that he is expecting at least 1 ready to start QB to push for the starting job incase Shrout isn’t ready by spring. I have to assume they go after some linemen on both sides (especially OT). Not sure where else they go after experienced transfers. Thoughts?

    1. I thought I read that with the transfers and the graduates that CU was at 85 scholarships already.
      So the new jc linebacker puts them at 86

      And assuming they get 5-7 from the portal then yup there will be more players who are not contributors will be gone.

      Tough times in Boulder in all areas

      Buffs

  82. Michael Penix, Jr., QB at Indiana, is going to be a Washington Husky. Has had problems
    staying healthy but a heck of a player when he is.

  83. 20% of p5 qb’s? I didn’t look closely but that is starters? Will be telling if Karl chills on his qb room, or not. I actually like it. Does he? We will see. At least to the point we know if they get one. No way to know if they pursued, but didn’t land one, I guess.

    Go Buffs

    1. Got injured early in the season and supplanted by true freshman Jaxson Dart. Plus Lincoln Riley is bringing with him a top QB recruit who had been committed to OU before Riley moved on.

  84. Transfer portal is a pretty good thing for the universities and the players. Players who don’t pan out can transfer to a less competitive school and maybe get a chance to play. Universities get more scholarships to give out to HS players (or transfers from highly competitive programs) that may pan out.

    1. Where are you in Oregon? I’ll be out in Portland for Christmas – December 22nd – 27th.
      Perhaps we could find each other then?

      1. lol
        maybe I should substitute doctor pepper. I think most of their commercials are pretty pathetic but I did a “kick” out of the one where the punter comes out of the portal.

  85. First proper long-hand overview of something fans continue to be somewhat oblivious about. We were not the young team we claimed to be this year with over 30 players graduating or finishing eligibility. But we may be just that next year! As important as recruiting is, managing who stays and who goes will be a critical part of the coaching staff’s offseason. Goal is to retain starters, playmakers and shed those who haven’t penetrated the depth chart after a couple years.

    Likely key additions to list of players moving on:
    Lang – Draft
    Wray – med retirement
    J Doss
    Ma Bell
    Ch Lytle

  86. It starts on the OL. Doesn’t matter if all of the WRs transfer if we don’t get a competent OL, meaning a top notch OL coach and a top notch OC to direct it. The WRs and other skill positions are completely dependent on the competence of the OL and then the QB, who is in turn also dependent upon of competent OL. Fix the OL and you go a long way, almost all the way, to fixing the offense. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. ROLL TAD!!!

  87. Thanks for the breakdown Stuart.

    I just hope we don’t see players like Rice or Gonzalez transfer. Really need those young players (and others) if CU is going to be competitive next year.

    1. Agree. We need those young guys that were 3 and 4 stars to stick around.

      We also need a new OC that will properly utilize the young guys he helped recruit.

  88. Fingers crossed a couple of rising Buff players don’t enter the portal, I think we know of a couple guys this program needs to keep. Would also be a testament to buying in with KD et al, if we don’t lose any of these talent guys (WR,RB,DB)

    Barnes certainly came on strong and Lamb had some moments this year.
    Be nice if Wray and Frenske can make a difference in 2022 along with others on the roster…

    A good OL coach is really important and can be successful with what they have
    (Dante Scarnecchia, retired, proved this many times) and it all starts in the trenches

    Well, like you said it will be interesting. KD is going to have a few difficult conversations with staff and guys on the roster.

    Dang there were some good games yesterday !
    Go Buffs

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