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Colorado Daily – Spring/Summer, 2024

June 21st

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Baylor: A sense of urgency after back-to-back losing seasons

From the Daily Camera … Back-to-back losing seasons, including 3-9 last year, have brought a sense of urgency to the Bears, who are eager to get back on track. It’s the first time Baylor has experienced back-to-back losing campaigns since a 14-year run of losing seasons from 1996-2009.

There is some pressure on head coach Dave Aranda to win this year, but there’s support for him, as well.

“I’m standing 10 toes down with coach Aranda,” analyst Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, said in a recent interview on 365 Sports. “I’m really excited for this football season. I’m excited for coach Dave Aranda, because I know if you back that man into a corner, he’s going to come out swinging, and I expect the Bears to come out swinging this year.”

To do that, the Bears will have a new look, especially on offense.

First-year coordinator Jake Spavital has installed a new offense and Aranda praised the fast tempo during the spring.

It’s an offense that could be led by transfer quarterback DeQuan Finn, a three-year starter at Toledo. Last year’s backup, Sawyer Robertson, is competing, as well, and the Bears came out of spring practices without naming a starter.

In addition to a new starter at quarterback, the Bears will have a retooled receiver room and a rebuilt offensive line. Baylor gave up the most sacks (34) in the Big 12 last year and added a handful of transfer linemen.

Defensively, the Bears struggled last year, allowing 34-plus points seven times. However, there are several good players back, as well some newcomers expecting to make an immediate impact, so there is hope for improvement.

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June 20th

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Rams gearing up for CU: “It’s going to be the biggest sporting event we’ve ever had here in Fort Collins”

From the Daily Camera … Jay Norvell was lured away from Nevada after the 2021 season and has yet to turn CSU into a winner, but he’s on the right track. CSU went from 3-9 in 2022 to 5-7 last year, with three one-score losses – including a 43-35 double-overtime loss to the Buffs in Boulder.

As Norvell looks at this year’s schedule, he’s excited about what his team can accomplish.

“I love our schedule,” he said in a recent interview with DNVR. “Any time you get seven home games it’s a blessing. We get an extra home game to play in Canvas Stadium. We go to Texas (in Week 1), which is going to be a great challenge for us. I really think we have a football team that’s about our team. We’ve got to go out every week and do the things we need to do to win football games.”

CSU did more of those things last year than in 2022, especially on offense.

The Rams ranked 129th nationally in scoring in 2022 — with just 13.2 points per game — but nearly doubled that last year to 26.1 (ranking 76th).

Quarterback Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi returns, as does dynamic receiver/punt returner Tory Horton, who caught 16 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown against CU.

Nationally, only eight teams threw for more yards per game than CSU (306.5) last year, but only eight teams ran for fewer yards than the Rams (92.2 per game). They believe they’ve got the tools for a better run game this year.

“We’ve got kids on our team that are motivated by winning, and that’s what makes me so excited and encouraged moving forward,” he said after the Rams’ spring game.

The Rams would also love to end their six-game losing streak to the Buffs, and they finally get to play their rivals in Fort Collins – for the first time since 1996.

“I know our kids are super excited to play them again, and to play them at home is huge in front of our fans,” Norvell told DNVR. “People are saying it’s going to be the biggest sporting event we’ve ever had here in Fort Collins. I’m excited to have the opportunity to play that game.”

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June 18th

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Nebraska’s Matt Rhule on himself: “I think people realize this is a coach who will try to build it the right way”

From the Daily Camera … Hired after the 2022 season, Matt Rhule came to Lincoln looking to restore the glory to a program that was once among the elite.

After a 36-14 loss to CU in Boulder in Week 2 of the 2023 campaign, Nebraska won five of its next six to get to 5-3. The Huskers needed just one more win to get to a bowl, but lost their last four games – three of them by a field goal and one by a touchdown in overtime.

In a recent interview with Barstool Sports, Rhule said that was disappointing, but that it serves as fuel this year.

“We have an intensity about us, we have an urgency about us that we might not have had had we gone and got a PlayStation from the bowl game, a nice jogging suit,” he said. “I think there’s some positives, but we didn’t get it done.”

There’s a lot of confidence in Lincoln that they can get it done this year, though.

Nebraska was dismal on offense in 2023, ranking 123rd nationally with 18.0 points per game. Rhule and his staff, however, landed five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola this offseason and the youngster from Buford (Ga.) High School has Nebraska expecting a jump on offense.

Defensively, Nebraska ranked 13th nationally in points allowed (18.3 per game) and 11th in yards allowed (303.5) last year and returns several starters. Included among the returning players are leading tackler Isaac Gifford, who plays rover, and linebackers Javin Wright and John Bullock.

“I think people realize this is a coach who will try to build it the right way,” he said to Barstool. “I think a lot of young players are like, ‘All right I see it, I see what they’re trying to do, I see how they’re doing it.’ We’re going to continue to recruit well.”

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June 16th

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North Dakota State coach:  “It’s one of these potential landmark games for us”

From the Daily Camera … A year ago, North Dakota State went 11-4, lost in overtime of the FCS semifinals and finished No. 3 in the final FCS poll. That’s a great year for most programs, but it was the most losses for the Bison since 2010 and just the third time in the past 13 years that they fell short of the FCS title game.

The Bison are once again a main contender for the national title, however. In a couple of early-season rankings, NDSU sits at either No. 1 or No. 2.

“Moving forward, I think we have everything in place that we need to be very successful, to win every game that is on our schedule,” Polasek said in his introductory press conference in December. “That is difficult, very difficult, but we have everything in place.”

A Division II powerhouse in the 1980s and 1990s, the Bison took a couple of years to gain their footing in FCS after moving up in 2008. They went 3-8 in 2009, but went 9-5 and reached the FCS quarterfinals in 2010.

In 2011, NDSU won its first FCS national title, kick-starting a string of five consecutive championships and nine in 11 years from 2011-21.

Polasek was on the staff for several of those great seasons and big wins, including as offensive coordinator in 2016. It’s not lost on him the opportunity in front of NDSU when it comes to Boulder in August.

“Just fired up,” he said in a recent interview with WDAY-TV. “I can give the coach speak, ‘Ah, it’s just another opponent.’ Nah, it’s one of these potential landmark games or opportunities for us and for our kids to be on national TV. We’ve got to be open to the idea of going to the deep end of the pool this fall camp so we can play very relaxed, very free and very aggressive on that opportunity that we get on that Thursday.

“This is an FBS game. At NDSU, we’ve cherished these moments. They’ve led to a lot of great stories, a lot of unbelievable experiences for our fan base. It wouldn’t matter who we were playing first, but maybe it adds just a little tick (that it’s Colorado). This is going to be cool. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll be prepared as a staff; our players will be prepared so that we can enjoy it.”

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June 15th

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Defensive lineman BJ Green turning heads: “He loves close contact”

Related … BJ Green was listed a a first-team preseason All-Big 12 defensive lineman by Lindy’s

From the Daily Camera … BJ Green has yet to put pads on as a member of the Colorado football team, but he’s already made a good impression.

A transfer from Arizona State who arrived at CU this summer, Green is expected to be a key part of the defensive front on the edge. Graduate assistant coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp has taken notice.

“I didn’t know who he was,” Sapp said during a video posted by Well Off Media this week. “I had never seen any tape on him and I was just wanting to see him go. Oh my God. The young man will go inside, outside, he loves close contact. He loves the phone booth, which I love, because you all know who else working the phone booth don’t you? Superman!”

Green, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound edge rusher, was second-team All-Pac-12 with ASU last year, recording 39 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and 11 quarterback hurries.

In videos posted by Well Off Media of player-run practices Green has looked good going against the Buffs’ offensive linemen and he’ll be counted on a key member of a revamped defensive front.

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June 14th

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ESPN Week One pick: Take North Dakota State

From ESPN … The NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals are coming to an end. The men’s College World Series wraps up shortly after, and all that’s left to get us through the scorching summer months are MLB, WNBA and soccer. Of course there’s some golf and the Olympics mixed in, as well.

Without other distractions, it’s the perfect time to get a jumpstart on some college football prep.

ESPN Analytics released its 2024 College Football Power Index (FPI) ratings and ESPN BET has posted lines for Week 0 and Week 1, as well as some other marquee matchups on tap throughout the fall. Where’s the value in what has been posted? What is the public seemingly valuing early on in the process?

You might think 10 weeks is too soon to start looking ahead, but you know how the saying goes: the early Jayhawk catches the Banana Slug.

Is Colorado “primed” to make noise in Year 2 of the Deion Sanders extravaganza?

The literal answer, of course, is yes. There’s going to be a lot of noise coming from Colorado’s campus as Coach Prime motivates his team, but are the Buffaloes ready to compete? Their season opener against FCS North Dakota State should be a great litmus test. The Summit League powerhouse could easily hold its own in a Group of 5 conference, having reached the FCS title game in 10 of the past 13 seasons, and they’re rightfully respected as just 8.5-point underdogs in Boulder (ESPN Analytics has it projected as an 8.7-point victory).

We tackled the idea of combating the hype with a true analysis of on-field play last season after Colorado started 3-0 (it promptly lost 8 of 9 to end the year), and the same can be done in 2024.

Colorado was plagued by terrible offensive line play last year, ranking at the bottom of FBS in sacks and pressures allowed and couldn’t create in the run game. But Colorado has the No. 3-ranked transfer portal signing class, adding third-team All-AAC OL Tyler Johnson, All-CUSA honorable mention OL Justin Mayers and signing the No. 1 OT in the ESPN 300 (19th overall) in Jordan Seaton.

Colorado’s O-Line last season:

  • 56 sacks allowed (second most in FBS)
  • 232 pressures allowed (third most)
  • 45.3% blown block rate (third most)
  • 0.32 yards-per-rush before contact (last)

All that being said, I can’t bet against North Dakota State in this spot. Since rising to FCS royalty just over a decade ago, the Bison are 6-1 straight up and 6-1 ATS against FBS teams, including 5-1 straight up and 5-1 ATS against power conferences. Their average cover margin is an absurd 17.2 points per game in that span, and sportsbooks have seemingly failed to rate NDSU properly.

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Joel Klatt: “I think the play on the field is going to start to catch up with some of the expectations”

From Denver Sports … Former Colorado QB Joel Klatt, now one of the best college football analysts in the country, still believes in Deion Sanders and the CU Buffs.

Klatt was on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Monday, and spoke glowingly of Coach Prime and his Colorado program.

First, Klatt pointed out that Sanders delivered “a 400 percent increase in wins” from where CU was in 2022 to 2023. The Buffs went from a one-win team to four victories.

Klatt shared a story about telling Colorado AD Rick George that his football team was the most irrelevant and worst program of all the power five universities. He noted hiring Sanders immediately changed that, and cited the economic impact on the school and a 68 percent increase in applications.

“I think the play on the field is going to start to catch up with some of the expectations,” Klatt said. “I think that Colorado, if they’re able to protect Shedeur Sanders… I think that Colorado can win eight games, I think they can double their win total from a year ago.”

He then went on to say even nine wins is a possibility, as well as pointing out that two-way star Travis Hunter is perhaps the best player in college football.

Klatt then started dreaming really big, mentioning the 12-team playoff that begins this year.

“There’s a chance Colorado is competing to go to the Big 12 Championship game. If they were to get into that game they’d be 60 minutes from the college football playoff. It’s not out of the realm of possibility, ” Klatt said.

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Coach Prime’s Nike Air DT Max ‘96 “Varsity Maize” hits the market

From YardBarker.com … Deion Sanders will be celebrating for different reasons on the morning of June 14. After forging a relationship with Nike after being away from the brand for over a decade, Coach Prime will hit his biggest milestone with the global release of the Nike Air DT Max ‘96 “Varsity Maize.”

There has been a considerable amount of build up, including limited shock drops in Atlanta and Boulder, along with reportedly 1,500 pairs during the Super Bowl weekend to “test the market.” Both of those events sold out in record time. While a few retailers will have some boxes in stores, here are those participating online for Friday’s release.

The first thing that Coach Prime speaks of most frequently is the “Diamond Turf” logo itself. It’s simplistic, but it’s also genius considering what the shoe was supposed to be for Sanders. The goal post logo ascending out of a home plate. Two images that tie in the sense of “scoring” in two different sports. This was also one of a few different signature shoes that took some inspiration from the fit found in the then popular “Nike Air Huaraches”. But remember, Prime is telling stories with these shoes.

The second big factor about the DT1 that Prime has mentioned before and most never knew was the inclusion of gold. Like every other Diamond Turf, the shoe is essentially half and half depending on the colorway. It’s a reference to a status symbol for a young kid from Ft. Myers, Florida.

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June 12th 

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Phillip Lindsay questions Coach Prime’s coaching: “He has to get better”

From Sports Illustrated … Former Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay spent time discussing the state of the Buffs going into the 2024 college football season. The co-host of “The Drive” on Denver Sports pointed out a few interesting storylines with Deion Sanders and his staff. He even touched on both of CU’s playmakers with the possibility of this being a great year.

“This may be (Sanders’) last opportunity with this much attention,” Lindsay said. “If he strikes gold on this opportunity this year with the players that he has in here, his son (Shedeur Sanders) being a first round draft pick, Travis Hunter being a first round draft pick, it can be very special. But it’s not going to come down to those players; it’s going to come down to the coaching.”

… “We criticized Sean Payton last year for some of the things he did on the coaching side of it,” Lindsay said. “And there should have been a lot of criticism for Coach Prime and what he brought to the table as a coach in certain situations. That has to get better. And then it’s the unknown of your offensive and defensive coordinators. Are they the right fits for the job?”

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June 11th 

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CU Recruiting Video: “Why Play Football at the University of Colorado”

From Colorado Football

Paul Finebaum blasts Coach Prime: “He is an industry-created coaching celebrity”

From YardBarker.com … Deion Sanders’ name has been synonymous with football excellence and charisma but now he’s the face of college football. As he approaches his second year as coach of the Buffaloes, Sanders’ transition from an illustrious Hall of Fame playing career to a coaching role has been under intense scrutiny. Coach Prime has brought significant attention to Colorado’s program, even if his coaching credentials are still a topic of debate among analysts and fans alike.

One of those who has been highly critical is Paul Finebaum. The ESPN commentator joined ‘McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning’ and discussed the “Prime Effect” in Boulder. He touched on why the honeymoon phase might be over.

“First of all, he is a celebrity but he’s not a celebrity as a coach. To me, Deion, it’s all about what he did previously and I think that’s why I give him a lot of credit for calling himself Coach Prime. Because that puts the emphasis on being a coach,” Finebaum said about Sanders’ nickname. “But listen, he is an industry-created coaching celebrity. What happened last year was generational, but it was mostly forced and created, and it was really in many ways illegitimate.”

… “He really never beat anyone of consequence, but that didn’t stop us from talking about it,” Finebaum said. “By the way, I’m guilty. I was on those shows as you were. But it felt surreal and I’ll never forget being asked, I think Steven A. Smith asked me in the second week of the season “hey, do you think they’re a playoff team?” I had a hard time answering with a straight face, because I think he had just been out there and he believed in it. But that was never real.”

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June 9th

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All-time AP poll appearances: CU the most in the Big 12

From CollegePollArchive.com

Total Appearances in the AP Poll

1233 total polls since 1936

From the Big 12 …

  • No. 29 – Colorado … 308
  • No. 30 – West Virginia … 306
  • No. 33 – Arizona State … 291
  • No. 34 – Oklahoma State … 288
  • No. 36 – BYU … 279
  • No. 38 – TCU … 255
  • No. 39 – Kansas State … 237
  • No. 41 – Baylor … 226
  • No. 44 – Houston … 203
  • No. 54 – Utah … 174
  • No. 54 – Arizona … 174
  • No. 62 – Texas Tech … 141
  • No. 64 – Kansas … 116
  • No. 67 – Cincinnati … 97
  • No. 71 – Iowa State … 70
  • No. 78 – UCF … 54
  • … and
  • No. 83 – Colorado State … 43

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June 8th 

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Heavy betting on CU has moved Buffs from 200:1 to 125:1 to win national championship

From Athlon Sports … The Colorado Buffaloes are one of the most polarizing teams in college football.

After a 4-8 season a year ago in head coach Deion Sanders’ first season at the helm, the Buffaloes transition to the Big 12. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), a measure of team strength meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance in the future for the rest of the season, the Buffaloes are projected to win only 6.3 games in 2024.

Colorado has a 4.1% chance to win the Big 12, a 5.8% chance to make the College Football Playoff, and a 0.1% chance to win the national championship. The low odds have not stopped fans from placing the fourth most bets on Colorado to win the national championship, according to BetMGM’s John Ewing.

@CUBuffsFootball  have moved from +20000 to +12500 to win the College Football Playoff. 4.5% of bets (4th most) are on Colorado to win championship at #BetMGM

While Colorado winning the national title might be farfetched, Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt said earlier this week on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that he could see a scenario where Colorado wins the conference, putting Colorado in the playoff with a potential bye during the first round.

Klatt said it depends on quarterback Shedeur Sanders being healthy and the Buffaloes maintaining some of that health with guys on the outside like Travis Hunter. If all of that comes together, Colorado could be the season’s surprise title contender.

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June 7th

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NFL analyst: Travis Hunter an intriguing prospect, but not yet elite at either position

From withthefirstpick.com … During the 2023 college football season, the Colorado Buffaloes became one of the most popular teams in the country. A few of their players who transferred from Jackson State to follow head coach Deion Sanders to Boulder, Colorado, emerged as superstars, including Travis Hunter. Hunter is one of the most fascinating prospects the NFL has seen in recent memory because he played wide receiver and cornerback full-time last season.

His emergence as a two-way superstar mirrored the rise of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who took over Major League Baseball a few years ago as the modern-day Babe Ruth due to his excellence as both a pitcher and hitter. As we head into the 2024 college football season, let’s break down Travis Hunter’s game on both sides of the ball and see whether or not he can play offense and defense at the next level.

What position will Travis Hunter play in the NFL?

Although Travis Hunter made the impossible seem possible last season by playing wide receiver and cornerback full-time, he will not be able to do that in the NFL. He will have to choose one position to play and I think he eventually chooses to be a cornerback instead of a wide receiver.

Statistically speaking, Hunter isn’t quite elite at either position. However, his potential as a tall, athletic outside corner is higher than his potential as a slot receiver. Good outside corners are simply more valuable due to their rarity and Hunter’s physical tools and playmaking ability could allow him to be a very impactful outside corner at the next level.

Another important question to answer is whether or not Travis Hunter is truly an elite prospect. I know many draft analysts love Hunter as he is the No. 5 player on the consensus big board, but I’m a bit skeptical that he is good enough as a wide receiver or a cornerback to be a top five player in the 2025 NFL Draft.

He isn’t a bad prospect, I’m just not sure his profile is quite good enough for him to rank so high, especially in a really good draft class. Perhaps playing just one position would allow him to be more productive at that position because playing both sides of the ball is physically taxing and it can’t be easy to play well consistently when you are playing so many snaps.

That’s important context to consider when evaluating his game, but the numbers are the numbers and his production does not pop off the screen as an elite statistical profile. Still, Hunter is an impressive prospect and the fact that he has been good as both a wide receiver and cornerback while playing Power Five football is insane. That is not normal and we’ll probably never see someone do this for a very long time.

If Hunter has a strong final season and performs well at the NFL combine next year, he could be a special prospect. For now, I think he is a good prospect but not quite an elite one. We’ll see if that changes when I revisit his profile in a couple of months.

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Brian Howell’s CU roster preview: Defense

From the Daily Camera

Defensive linemen (7): Senior Shane Cokes and junior Amari McNeill are the only returning players from last year and they could be leaders here, but the transfers will make their mark. Taurean Carter, Chidoze Nwankwo and Anquin Barnes all played well at times during the spring. The Buffs have added two more transfers that have joined the team this summer in Rayyan Buell (Ohio) and Tawfiq Thomas (Louisville).

Edge (9): Arden Walker and Taje McCoy are two returning players looking for bigger roles, but this group was overhauled this offseason. Nikhil Webb Walker, Samuel Okunlola, Keaton Wade and Quency Wiggins were all key transfer additions last winter. The Buffs have also brought in Arizona State transfer BJ Green and Pittsburgh transfer Dayon Hayes, who could be top players here.

Inside linebackers (8): LaVonta Bentley seems to be the steady force here after a great 2023 season, but the Buffs have had an ongoing search for the second spot. Converted safety Trevor Woods could be the second starter, but the coaching staff added some major experience through the transfer portal this spring. Transfers Johnny Chaney Jr. (Florida A&M) and Nikhai Hill-Green (Charlotte) will both compete for a starting role. Jeremiah Brown, Brendan Gant and Jaylen Wester could be in the mix too.

Cornerbacks (8): Travis Hunter is the leader of this group, but where he plays and how much remains to be seen. He’ll split time with receiver, of course. He spent much of the spring playing as a nickel on defense because Preston Hodge and DJ McKinney played so well at corner. Transfers Ivan Yates (Furman) and Colton Hood (Auburn) will battle for time, as well.

Safeties (7): This is an interesting spot for CU after it was reported this summer that senior Shilo Sanders has a shoulder injury that could sideline him for several months. CU has not confirmed that but if Sanders is out for a while, the Buffs have to adjust. Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig is the leader here and the Buffs could also move Trevor Woods back to safety – his natural position. Converted corner Carter Stoutmire is an option, too. Transfers Herman Smith III (Jackson State), Savion Riley (Miami) and RJ Johnson (Arkansas) will all compete for spots, too.

Specialists (3):  The Buffs are in good shape with the kicking game. Punter Mark Vassett is one of the best in the Big 12 and place kicker Alejandro Mata is reliable inside 45 yards. Jace Feely hopes to push Mata again.

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June 6th

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Brian Howell’s CU roster preview: Offense

From the Daily Camera … Summer workouts are well underway for the Colorado football team and preseason camp is just around the corner.

Head coach Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes are only 12 weeks away from the Aug. 29 season opener against North Dakota State and the roster seems to be mostly set. Unofficially, CU has 80 of 85 scholarship spots filled. A year ago, Coach Prime didn’t use all 85 spots, so there may not be much more change coming.

As the Buffs look ahead to the upcoming season, here’s a glance at each position group.

Quarterbacks (4 on scholarship): Senior Shedeur Sanders had a great spring, proving he’s healthy from the injuries that caused him to miss the last six quarters of 2023. One of the best quarterbacks in the country, he’ll lead the way for the offense. Redshirt freshman Ryan Staub emerged from the spring as the top backup, while transfers Walter Taylor and Destin Wade bring solid depth, along with walk-on Colton Allen.

Running backs (5): This group has had a major overhaul not only since last season, but since the spring. Transfers Isaiah Augustave (Arkansas) and Dallan Hayden (Ohio State) have joined the team this summer and they’ll battle for a starting role. CU also signed speedy prep star Brandon Hood to compete with fellow freshman Micah Welch and former walk-on Charlie Offerdahl.

Receivers (10): We’ll include Travis Hunter in the cornerback numbers, but he’s also clearly one of the best – if not the best – receiver on the team. Jimmy Horn Jr. is back after a great year and LaJohntay Wester turned heads in the spring. Vanderbilt transfer Will Sheppard joined the team this summer and should be one of the top weapons. The group also includes a lot of young talent with Terrell Timmons Jr., Omarion Miller, Jordon Onovughe, Cordalle Russell, Asaad Waseem, Kamron Mikell and Drelon Miller. Walk-on Kaleb Mathis is also a favorite target for Shedeur Sanders.

Tight ends (4): This group will be very different than last year and even from this spring. Ohio State transfer Sam Hart joined the team this summer and could lead the way. Louis Passarello will be in the mix if healthy, while converted defenders Sav’ell Smalls and Morgan Pearson will be factors. Walk-ons Brady Kopetz and Charlie Williams could also battle for playing time.

Offensive linemen (15): It’s been an ongoing overhaul throughout the offseason. Five transfers and top prep recruit Jordan Seaton were brought in over the winter. Tackles Seaton and Kahlil Benson, guards Tyler Brown and Justin Mayers and center Hank Zilinskas came out of spring atop the depth chart, but they’ll be tested. CU has added six more linemen this summer, including five transfers: Wyatt Hummel (Villanova), Ethan Boyd (Michigan State), Chris Morris (East Mississippi Community College), Payton Kirkland (Texas) and Zach Owens (Clemson).

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June 5th 

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Returning production a hopeful sign for CU’s defense

From The Coloradoan … There will be a handful of new faces on Colorado’s defense this fall, but that doesn’t mean they’re new to college football.

The Buffs are returning 71% of last year’s production as of mid-May, which ranks 17th in FBS and fourth in the Big 12, according to ESPN’s Bill Connelly. That figure includes Colorado players who are back with the Buffs in 2024 (like Shedeur Sanders, Travis Hunter) and incoming transfers who produced elsewhere last season.

Last year’s top four teams in returning production (Kansas, Missouri, Florida State and Michigan) jumped from a combined record of 35-18 to 48-7, making it a good indicator of improvement.

The defensive side of the ball is where the majority of Colorado’s returning production (75%, which ranks 18th, vs. 67% on offense, which ranks 48th) stems from.

Sure, the return of players like Hunter, Shilo Sanders, Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig, LaVonta Bentley and Trevor Woods contributes to that 75%, but a strong transfer portal class is what really gives the Buffs the chance to have a strong defense.

This offseason, Colorado added two of Pro Football Focus’ 10 highest-graded transfer linebackers: former FAU LB Jaylen Wester and former Charlotte/Michigan linebacker Nikhai-Hill Green. That duo combined for 128 total tackles (80 solo) and 16.5 tackles for loss in 2023.

Colorado added productive playmakers to its linebacker corps and secondary, but up front is where the Buffs have improved the most.

Colorado struggled to consistently rush the quarterback in 2023, resulting in just 27 sacks (seventh in Pac-12).

It’s now safe to project the Buffs will have a top-five pass rush in the Big 12 this fall.

Perhaps the biggest reason for that would be Arizona State transfer B.J. Green. The No. 7-ranked DL in the transfer portal set career highs in tackles (39), tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (six) last season for the Sun Devils.

More importantly, Green has the most career QB pressures (107) among active Power Five players, according to PFF.

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June 4th

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New scoreboard looking good … 

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June 3rd

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Chris Hudson named to College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

From cfbhall.com … The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced the names on the 2025 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The list includes 77 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, as well as 101 players and 34 coaches from the divisional ranks.

NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell remarked, “Being on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot is a significant honor. Out of the more than 5.7 million individuals who have played college football, only 1,093 players have been inducted. The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American narrows the pool to about 1,500 eligible individuals. Being part of this elite group signifies true greatness, and we eagerly await announcing the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Class early next year.”

The ballot has been emailed to over 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers, whose votes will be compiled and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court for final selection. (Individuals can cast a vote this year by becoming an NFF member.)

The announcement of the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2025, with specific details forthcoming.

The 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 67th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on December 9, 2025, at the Bellagio Hotel & Resort. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2025 season.

From the Big 12 … 

Aaron Beasley, West Virginia-Defensive Back-1995 consensus First Team All-American led the nation in INTs (10) in 1994…Two-time First Team All-Big East selection who led WVU to an undefeated regular season and a 1993 Big East title…19 career INTs and holds two of the top five single-season PBU performances in Mountaineer history.

Kenneth Davis, TCU-Running Back-1984 unanimous First Team All-American who finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting and led Frogs to first bowl in 19 seasons…Led the nation in yards per carry (7.6) and ranked second nationally in rushing yards (1,611) in 1984…1984 SWC Offensive Player of the Year who boasted nine 100-yard games in career.

Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech-Running Back-1996 unanimous First Team All-American and recipient of the Doak Walker Award…Tech’s all-time leader in rushing (4,219) who tied NCAA record by reaching 1,000-yard mark by fifth game of 1996 season…Three-time All-Big 12 selection, helping Red Raiders to first Cotton Bowl since 1938.

Graham Harrell, Texas Tech-Quarterback-2008 First Team All-American and AT&T All-America Player of the Year who finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting…2008 NFF National Scholar-Athlete holds seven NCAA records, including career 400-yard games (20)…Three-time All-Big 12 performer ranks second in league history with 15,793 career passing yards.

Chris Hudson, Colorado-Defensive Back-1994 consensus First Team All-American and Thorpe Award recipient… Three-time First Team All-Big Eight selection who helped the Buffs to the 1991 conference title…Finished career with 141 tackles 15 INTs (including two returned for a TD) and 20 PBUs.

Terence Newman, Kansas State-Defensive Back-2002 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the Thorpe Award…2002 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, also earning First Team All-Big 12 honors as a specialist after leading the league in kickoff return yards (28.5 avg.)…2002 team captain and MVP was just the second Wildcat in history to score on both a kickoff and punt return in the same season (2002).

Steve Slaton, West Virginia-Running Back-2006 unanimous First Team All-American and Sugar Bowl MVP who placed fourth in Heisman Trophy voting…Doak Walker Award finalist who finished career as the NCAA’s active leader in points per game (9.4)…Three-time All-Big East RB posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and finished as WVU’s all-time leader in total TDs (55).

Eric Weddle, Utah-Defensive Back-2006 consensus First Team All-American helped Utah to a BCS bowl victory (2005 Fiesta) and its first-ever 12-0 season (2004)…Two-time MWC Defensive Player of the Year led Utes to two league titles…2003 Freshman All-American holds school record for career forced fumbles (9) and ranks second in career INTs (18).

Luis Zendejas, Arizona State-Placekicker-1983 consensus First Team All-American who finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in scoring (380)…Four-time All-Pac-10 selection, leading the league in scoring in 1983… Boasts the highest PAT percentage (99.3%) in ASU annals and led the team in scoring his first three seasons.

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Kickoff Luncheon (August 23rd) tickets now available 

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Boulder, CO – The 2024 Colorado Buffaloes football season will officially launch on August 23, with the 35th annual Kickoff Luncheon, presented by the University of Colorado Athletic Department and the Boulder Chamber. For the second straight year, the event will feature an appearance by Coach Prime, as he embarks on his second season as head coach of the Buffaloes.

The Kickoff Luncheon will be held in the Indoor Practice Facility, located on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, and will include a program featuring Coach Prime, Athletic Director Rick George, Boulder Chamber President/CEO John Tayer, Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur, and Defensive Coordinator Rob Livingston. Chip, the CU Spirit Squad, and the CU Golden Buffaloes marching band will also be on hand to get everyone excited about the upcoming season. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at 1 p.m.

Individual tickets as well as tables are on sale now. Tables start at $2,000, while individual tickets are $100. For more information or to register, please visit the University of Colorado Athletics Kickoff Luncheon page.

Colorado begins the 2024 football campaign with a prime-time, nationally televised, battle of the Buffaloes matchup against the North Dakota State Bison on Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Individual tickets for all CU home football games are on sale now.

ESPN Football Power Index (FPI): CU second-highest riser in the nation

From ESPN … The 2024 college football season will be all about big changes.

Familiar programs are going to be in very different places. The Big Ten, for example, is welcoming Washington, Oregon, USC and UCLA, ending the Pac-12 as we knew it; it’s one of several realignments taking place this season. In addition, the sport will have to continue evolving the way players are compensated. And perhaps the most significant new wrinkle of them all comes on the game’s highest-profile stage: The College Football Playoff expands its field from four to 12 teams this season, giving more schools a chance to win their way to the national title.

To help make sense of everything, ESPN is releasing our 2024 Football Power Index (FPI) ratings and projections, which include forecasts for every team’s record, its chances of winning a conference title, and of course, its probability to make the playoff and win the championship.

From the table below, many of the usual suspects are among the favorite programs to take home the national title, but there is also plenty of uncertainty:

Before we dive into more of the forecast, let’s briefly talk about how all of this works. First things first: The FPI is a power rating that tracks each team’s strength relative to an average FBS squad. Teams are rated on offense, defense and special teams, with the values representing points per game. (So that means Georgia is rated as nearly 27 points per game better than the average team, which is pretty good!)

Those numbers are then used to simulate the season schedule 20,000 times, including the conference championships and the CFP bracket, simulating the selection process using an algorithm that mimics the way the committee typically picks teams. Finally, once we have those results, we can say how often each team wins its conference, makes the playoff and achieves other milestones.

Can’t forget about Deion’s Buffaloes

Where do Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes land in our ratings? They’re 36th, with a 16th-place ranking on offense with Shedeur Sanders returning at quarterback (along with a bunch of new transfers, as we’ve come to expect from this program).

Along with a season forecast of 6.3 wins, that might not be to Sanders’ liking — but by rising from 77th in the FPI in 2023, the Buffaloes are projected to be the second-most-improved team in the FBS, trailing only Stanford (who’s up from 106th to 59th).

Colorado should benefit from a slightly easier schedule in 2024 — the Buffaloes rank 45th in projected FPI schedule strength, versus 39th a year ago — and its scoring differential indicated a team slightly better than its record last season, both signs that point to continued improvement in Boulder.

But if the Buffaloes are going to really make the most of their potential, they’ll have to win on Sept. 28 at UCF, on Oct. 18 at Arizona and, most importantly, at Kansas on Nov. 23. According to the FPI, those are the three games that swing Colorado’s odds of making the playoff most. Lose any of them, and Colorado has very little chance to make the bracket as an at-large or (more likely) a conference winner out of the Big 12.

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June 1st 

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“The Governor” (and long snapper) Camden Dempsey Gives Fans a “State of the Program”

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May 30th 

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Kickoff times set for CSU and Oklahoma State games 

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Two Colorado Buffaloes football games were selected for network television Wednesday as the television partners of major conferences announced the full schedule for the first three weeks of the 2024 college football season along with select weekday games.

Colorado will play at Colorado State on September 14 with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. on CBS. Colorado’s regular season finale when Oklahoma State visits Boulder on Friday, November 29, will kickoff at 10 a.m. on ABC. 

Previously announced at the network upfront earlier in May were CU’s season opener against North Dakota State on Thursday, August 29 (6 p.m. MT on ESPN) and week two matchup at Nebraska (5:30 p.m. on NBC). 

Additionally, the Big 12 announced that Colorado’s game with Cincinnati on October 26 will air on the ESPN family of networks, but which network and game time are still to be announced. 

With three of four games selected for network television, the Buffs now have eight games on network television in the Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders era at Colorado and 12 games on network television or the flagship ESPN station with eight more games to be determined in 2024.  Last year the Buffs were on network television five times with three more on the flagship ESPN and nine total not on a regional or conference network, all the most in CU history.

This is also just the second time CU will appear on three of the four major networks in the United States in the same season, the other coming in 1990 when CU appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC on its way to the national championship.  With FOX being a television partner of the Big 12, CU has a chance to appear on all four networks in the same season for the first time in school history.

Last year, the Buffs beat the Rams 43-35 in double overtime after Shedeur Sanders orchestrated a 98-yard drive and successful two-point conversion in the final two minutes to force overtime and get the win.  It was the highest rated 8 p.m. MT game on ESPN in the network’s history.  Colorado owns a 68-22-2 record against the Rams and have won five straight dating back to the 2014 season.

The Buffs and Cowboys will resume a conference rivalry for the first time in 15 years, as the two last played as conference opponents in 2009.  CU leads the all-time series 26-20-1 and 13-8 in Boulder.  The two also met in the 2016 Alamo Bowl.

The Cincinnati game and seven remaining games on CU’s schedule will be selected by the Big 12 television partners 12 days ahead of game times with the ability to exercise four six-day selections throughout the season.

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May 29th

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Ten-year NFL veteran Adalius Thomas joins CU’s staff as a defensive analyst

From the Daily Camera … Already loaded with NFL experience, the Colorado football staff has gained even more recently.

During a video posted by Well Off Media on Tuesday, CU head coach Deion Sanders introduced a new member of the staff, as Adalius Thomas will be a defensive analyst.

The 46-year-old Thomas played 10 seasons in the NFL, from 2000-09, with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. Sanders and Thomas were teammates with the Ravens in 2004 and 2005.

“Arguably the smartest football player I’ve ever had the honor to play with,” Sanders said during the video, with Thomas sitting by his side. “Played every position on the field and special teams was everything to him. So not only can he help with the defense, but special teams as well, because that’s what he did. That’s where he made his mark when he first got there.”

At Southern Mississippi, Thomas was a linebacker who helped the Golden Eagles to three Conference USA championships. He was the C-USA defensive player of the year as a junior and senior, while earning All-American honors as a junior.

A sixth-round draft choice of the Ravens in 2000, Thomas played in only three games as a rookie, but was a full-time starter as an edge rusher by his third season. He made the Pro Bowl twice with the Ravens and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2006.

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May 28th

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Travis Hunter’s 21st birthday present? A $100K Ram TRX

From On3Sports … Colorado star Travis Hunter is rolling into his junior season in style. Hunter’s fiancée, Leanna, surprised him with a RAM TRX for his 21st birthday. Moreover, the jaw-dropping truck came with a few unique features.

According to Dreamworks Motorsports, the company that Leanna connected with to pull off the surprise, the truck’s customizations include a starliner fiber optic headliner, smoothed and color-matched exterior trim, off-road wheel and tire package with a leveling kit, a JL Audio system and numerous other performance upgrades.

Further, the truck has a custom exhaust, 24-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires, LED accent lighting both inside and outside the vehicle and Hunter’s logo on the headrests, floormats and the wheels’ center caps.

Per TMZ Sports, Dreamworks Motorsports’ Adam Wolfe claimed the company spent a week customizing the sweet ride. While the company did not report the final price of the truck, a base model of the RAM TRX can run up to $100,000.

Then again, money is no issue for the standout cornerback and receiver. Hunter boasts a $2.7 million On3 NIL Valuation, the fourth-highest of any collegiate athlete. Most recently, Hunter made NIL waves with his appearance on the cover of EA Sports College Football 25.

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Putting faces with names: Meet CU’s new football players

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May 27th

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CU/CSU kickoff time prediction: CU’s third-straight nationally televised non-conference night game

From The Athletic ….

Week 3

The confluence of early-season conference games, reignited rivalries and morganatic nonconference leftovers makes Week 3 an odd combination of the fascinating and shrug-worthy.

It appears Fox landed the top selection with Alabama heading to Camp Randall to face Wisconsin for Big Noon. CBS swooped in for the resumption of the Notre Dame-Purdue rivalry. For its night broadcast, NBC has a choice between Washington State–Washington in Seattle or Indiana at UCLA. The Apple Cup rivalry seems too strong to pass up, while the Bruins’ first Big Ten game seems fitting in prime time with FS1.

Last year, Maryland played host to old ACC rival Virginia on a Friday. It seems only right the Cavaliers should reciprocate on ESPN this year.

Two SEC games already are slotted for ABC: Texas A&M at Florida (3:30 p.m.) and Georgia at Kentucky (7:30 p.m.). The most compelling debate rages over whether ESPN will still opt for an SEC game (LSU at South Carolina) in prime time or move it to its noon ABC window. In this case, ESPN keeps the SEC game and ABC airs the Backyard Brawl (West Virginia at Pittsburgh) early.

We debated endlessly about the placement of Tulane at Oklahoma, Memphis at Florida State, Ole Miss at Wake Forest and Boston College at Missouri, which involve two Power 4 games and two others featuring marquee Power 4 teams against high-level AAC foes. If you ask us again tomorrow, they all might end up in different spots.

Fox also has rights to Oregon at Oregon State, and its Mountain West contract allows it to snag Deion Sanders’ Colorado squad at Colorado State. Last year’s Civil War had 4.12 million viewers on Black Friday, while Colorado-Colorado State generated 9.3 million viewers with a late kickoff last year on ESPN. So look for Primetime in prime time while the Big Ten and Fox avoid placing Oregon-Oregon State in competition with Washington-Washington State.

Week 3 predicted programming
MATCHUPTIMENETWORK
Friday, Sept. 13
ET
Arizona at Kansas State
8 p.m.
Fox
Maryland at Virginia
8 p.m.
ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 14
Alabama at Wisconsin
Noon
Fox
West Virginia at Pittsburgh
Noon
ABC
Tulane at Oklahoma
Noon
ESPN
Boston College at Missouri
Noon
ESPN2
UCF at TCU
Noon
FS1
Notre Dame at Purdue
3:30 p.m.
CBS
Texas A&M at Florida
3:30 p.m.
ABC
Oregon at Oregon State
3:30 p.m.
Fox
Troy at Iowa
3:30 p.m.
FS1
Ole Miss at Wake Forest
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
Oklahoma State at Tulsa
3:30 p.m.
ESPN2
LSU at South Carolina
7 p.m.
ESPN
Indiana at UCLA
7 p.m.
FS1
Georgia at Kentucky
7:30 p.m
ABC
Washington State vs. Washington
7:30 p.m.
NBC
Colorado at Colorado State
7:30 p.m.
Fox
Memphis at Florida State
7:30 p.m.
ESPN2
Utah at Utah State
10 p.m.
FS1
San Diego State at Cal
10:30 p.m.
ESPN

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May 23rd

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Rick George issues statement on House settlement

Press Release from CUBuffs.com …  Today the NCAA and the Power 5 conferences ratified a negotiated settlement in a series of pending antitrust lawsuits, a decision that will permanently alter the landscape of collegiate athletics.

Essentially, the settlement will require back payment for Name, Image, and Likeness while also setting up a revenue-sharing model for the future, both of which could have significant budget ramifications for the University of Colorado Athletic Department.

Although the settlement has been agreed to in principle, it still requires approval by the courts, which we anticipate will happen within the next six months before going into effect in the fall of 2025. In those intervening months, we’ll be working to ascertain exactly how this will impact the department and develop a plan moving forward.

Make no mistake, this agreement will forever transform how collegiate athletics operates but I’m confident that together, we will navigate these changes for the benefit of our student-athletes. Despite the challenges and uncertainty that lie ahead, Colorado Athletics, our programs, and our student-athletes will emerge stronger than ever.

We are grateful for your continued support.

Go Buffs!
Rick

Rick George
Athletic Director

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May 22nd

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CU football team cumulative GPA over 3.00 for the first time in school history

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Villanova offensive lineman Wyatt Hummel ready to compete: “Excited is an understatement” 

From the Daily Camera … Given one more season of college football, Wyatt Hummel decided to take advantage of the opportunity not only to play, but to do something different.

After five seasons at Villanova, Hummel will play his final campaign at Colorado, using the extra year granted to all players from the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will always cherish my time and those wins we had at Villanova,” said Hummel, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman. “We had a ton of older guys on the team (last year), and a lot of them either moved on from the program or are in the middle of getting to the league.”

With so much change on the roster, the Dallas native decided to make a change, too.

“I felt it was best for me to experience something new and something a little closer to home so my people can come to games easier,” he said. “Colorado may not be the closest to Dallas, but that 12-hour drive is a whole lot easier than the 23 it takes to get to Nova or the four-hour plane rides my family would take for my games.

“Can’t say it enough: I’m so thankful for Villanova and everything they have done for me, but I just felt it was best to move on.”

Hummel is a part of the offensive line overhaul at CU this offseason. Head coach Deion Sanders made it a priority to rebuild the line, and he’s done that with 12 newcomers including 10 transfers.

“Absolutely,” he said of his excitement to join the competition. “I’ve competed my whole career as an athlete. I love competition because it usually translates into wins. The best teams I have been on were the most competitive in practice. Competition in the OL room has allowed me to play more than one position which has helped tremendously. Excited is an understatement.”

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May 21st 

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Report: Big 12 first conference to agree to House case settlement

From ESPN … The Big 12 conference became the first named party in the House v. NCAA case to vote to settle that case and related anti-trust cases, sources told ESPN, forging a path to a new era in college athletics.

Big 12 presidents and chancellors voted virtually Tuesday afternoon to unanimously approve, with departing members Texas and Oklahoma abstaining. The 12 continuing members from this year’s conference all voted to pass. The other four power conferences and the NCAA board of governors are expected to vote in the upcoming days. The settlement is widely expected to pass, which will chart a new course for college sports in establishing a framework for schools to share millions of dollars with their athletes in the future and create a fund of more than $2.7 billion to pay former athletes who were not allowed to sign name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.

Sources have consistently indicated to ESPN that there’s little resistance on the conference level, and the NCAA is also expected to pass the settlement measure. (The Pac-12 will vote as a full 12-team league, as currently constructed, as they were when the House v. NCAA case was filed.)

Sources told ESPN that Big 12 presidents and chancellors were briefed in recent days on a 13-page term sheet that contains the settlement language.

The key parts of the settlement include the NCAA paying for more than $2.7 billion in back damages over a decade, about $1.6 billion of which will be withheld from schools.

There’s also roughly $20 million in permissive revenue sharing that’s expected to begin in fall 2025. This revenue sharing will give athletic departments the direct ability to pay the players, a massive paradigm shift for college athletics.

The point of the schools settling is to avoid even bigger damages down the road, which legal experts considered a likelihood considering the NCAA’s poor record in court cases.

Leagues need only majority votes to approve the settlement, and the detractors in conferences aren’t believed to have enough momentum to sway to a no vote, per ESPN sources.

But there’s still an aura of uncertainty hanging over the landscape, as school presidents meeting both virtually and in-person this week.

On campuses, school officials are meeting and scrambling to figure out how to adjust to the new paradigms. Schools in bigger leagues need to find nearly $20 million to budget for athletes and figure out how to divide it. Smaller leagues are adjusting on how to cover costs, as the NCAA is withholding varying money from schools in all levels of Division I to cover the costs.

There’s no clarity on Title IX’s role in revenue sharing, how roster caps will work and what enforcement of NIL will look like. (NIL is expected to continue to exist in addition to the revenue sharing.)

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May 20th

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CU sells out season tickets for second year in a row (single game tickets go on sale Tuesday)

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes have officially sold out of season tickets for the 2024 football season, selling out for the second straight season and 10th time in the history of the program.

This is also just the second time CU has sold out of season tickets before August of the upcoming football season, which happened for the first time last season in Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders debut as the CU coach.

Prior to last season, it had been 27 years since last selling out of season tickets, doing so in a seven-year run from 1990-96.  The only other time CU sold out of season tickets was the 1972 season.

The 1971 team finished No. 3 in the nation and defeated LSU and Ohio State in the preseason.  The seven-year run from 1990-96 came off seasons that CU combined for a 68-13-4 record and the Buffs were ranked in the AP poll for 143 consecutive weeks.  Those teams also combined for a national championship, three conference championships and four of the seven teams finished in the top five of the final AP poll.

“Selling out of season tickets for the second year in a row shows how strong our fan base is and the continued impact of and trust in Coach Prime,” CU Athletic Director Rick George said. “We are ready for an exciting 2024 season and expect a full house for every game for the second straight season.”

Also for the second straight year, the season ticket renewal rate finished above 98 percent, easily the best two marks in school history and two of a few over 90 percent.

The 2024 season will be historic for the Buffaloes, returning to the Big 12 for the first time in 14 years.  CU will host a tremendous home schedule that starts with FCS power North Dakota State on Thursday, August 29 (6 p.m., ESPN), as CU will be one of the first teams to hit the field in 2024.

Baylor will visit Boulder for the first time in 14 years on Sept. 21, which will serve as CU’s Homecoming and also be the Big 12 Homecoming game with several league activations on campus along with traditional homecoming activities.

Kansas State will visit Boulder on Oct. 12 and that month will close out with Family Weekend when Cincinnati visits on Oct. 26.  Utah hits town on Nov. 16 and the regular season will end on Black Friday when Oklahoma State comes to town on Nov. 29.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS 

Single game tickets will be available for the public to purchase on Tuesday, May 21.  Current season ticket holders are currently in an presale window to access single game tickets.

2025 WAIT LIST 

Fans wanting to express interest in season tickets for the 2025 football season can sign up on a wait list.  Any season tickets that become available for purchase after the 2024 season will be fulfilled based on priority points.  Fans wishing to improve their priority points can find out how on the Buff Club website.

STUDENT TICKETS

Students wishing to purchase a Student Sports Pass for the 2024-25 season will be able to do so on July 10 at 10 a.m., with some inventory being held for new freshmen and students to purchase in August.  There will be a claim process for football similar to basketball in past seasons.  Last year, CU expanded the student seating by one section, adding approximately 1,500 new seats for a total of just under 12,000.

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CU picks up long snapper Kameron Hawkins (from Arizona) 

From CU Sports Report … Long snapper Kameron Hawkins, formerly of Arizona (Rivals bio), has announced his transfer to Colorado this afternoon. Hawkins was a scholarship guy at Arizona and considered one of the top prospects at his position coming out of high school but never quite had an opportunity to do much in four seasons in Tucson. He’ll head to CU with two seasons of remaining eligibility.

Hawkins, who will be a preferred walk-on, replaces last season’s long snapper, Cameron Warchuck, who transferred to Washington.

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May 19th

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Linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green: “It’s really a time to win now and to be your best now”

From the Daily Camera … In four years of college football, Nikhai Hill-Green has already played a lot of games and experienced a lot of different things.

The opportunity to experience something new at Colorado, however, was too good to pass up. The former Michigan and Charlotte linebacker recently announced his decision to transfer to CU and join head coach Deion Sanders’ Buffaloes this summer.

“Colorado, it’s a unique opportunity,” the fifth-year junior said. “It’s really a time to win now and to be your best now, and that’s the challenge I want to accept. They’re not going to settle for anything less than being your best, and my mentality is the same exact way. So it’s just a match made in heaven.”

Hill-Green, listed by Charlotte as 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, comes to CU with 25 games of college experience, including 13 as a starter. This summer and fall, he’ll compete for a starting job in the middle of the Buffs’ defense.

“(The CU coaches) see me with veteran experience, and they feel like I can add a lot of value, just for my versatility, and a lot of things that don’t show up on the attributes,” he said. “I’m an obnoxious communicator; I learn defense easy. I can regurgitate information to everyone else on the field.”

He also produces when he’s on the field, posting 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss and two sacks at Charlotte last year.

The Pittsburgh native was four-star recruit coming out of St. Frances Academy in 2020 and spent three seasons at Michigan. He started six games for the Wolverines in 2021, finishing with 50 tackles that season. In 2022, Hill-Green didn’t get on the field at Michigan and said, “It just wasn’t my time.”

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May 18th

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Nebraska stadium renovations “scaled back”

From ESPN … The proposed massive renovation of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium has been downsized for the time being, meaning the south end of the stadium won’t be torn down after the 2024 season as originally planned, athletic director Troy Dannen said in a statement Friday.

Former athletic director Trev Alberts in 2022 announced an estimated $450 million project to update the 100-year-old stadium. The first phase would have temporarily removed nearly 25,000 seats for the 2025 season while a new south-end section was built.

Dannen’s revised plan would address the east and west sides of the stadium, and work would begin no sooner than after the 2025 season. Bleacher seating would be replaced with chairbacks in some, if not all, sections and other amenities would be added. Renovations on the south end are in the long-range plan, but there is no timetable.

“We are all aligned on the need to modernize our aging stadium,” Dannen said. “But as we have said, any work we do needs to follow our guiding principles. First, it needs to help us win. Second, it needs to advance our goals for acquisition and retention of talent. Third, and equally importantly, it must preserve our financial stability — one of the greatest assets of Husker Athletics.”

A comprehensive funding plan has not been announced, though Alberts said he expected private dollars would be used for a substantial portion of the project.

Athletic department budget projections are in a holding pattern as the NCAA and major college conferences consider a possible settlement of an antitrust lawsuit. The proposed settlement of House v. NCAA would require Power 5 schools to spend $20 million per year on athlete compensation.

The Cornhuskers have played in Memorial Stadium since 1923, and incremental improvements have been made over the years, including luxury suites in 1999 and an expansion to more than 85,000 seats in 2013.

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May 17th

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May 16th

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Travis Hunter shares EA Sports cover with Quinn Ewers and Donovan Edwards

From ESPN … After dazzling at cornerback and wide receiver for Colorado in 2023, Travis Hunter often hears people describe him as a video game player. Now he is on the cover of the long-anticipated return of the college football video game from EA Sports.

Hunter, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers and Michigan running back Donovan Edwards share the cover of EA Sports College Football 25, set to be released July 19 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The popular game, which has been on hiatus since 2014, will include all 134 FBS teams and the names, images and likenesses of a large majority of current players.

Eight days after EA Sports set up NIL deals for current college players, more than 10,000 had opted in to the game. Each player who opted in will receive $600 and a copy of the game, valued at around $70. Hunter and Ewers were among the first high-profile players to opt in.

The main cover shows Hunter in the middle with Ewers to his right and Edwards to his left. The cover for the deluxe edition displays the backs of Hunter, Ewers and Edwards in the tunnel at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, where an extensive photo and video shoot took place in early March.

“It’s just a blessing to be able to be on the cover,” Hunter told ESPN. “We grew up watching this and looking at the covers, and now we’re on it. When I was young, I waited till 12 o’clock to get every NCAA. It was my favorite game by far. I still play the old NCAA 14 to this day.”

Hunter has created himself in the previous games, saying, “I’m a 90-something [rating] overall, so I’m pretty good, but my speed is kind of slow.”

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May 15th 

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ESPN’s Pete Thamel: “CU has continued to be relentlessly fascinating”

From On3Sports … There’s no coach in sports like Deion Sanders and, in turn, there’s no team right now that’s like Colorado. That’s to their benefit but could also be to their detriment depending on how it goes in Boulder according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Thamel discussed the latest around the Buffaloes with Rece Davis during an episode of the ‘College GameDay Podcast’ last week. He began by maintaining that Coach Prime and company are still among the top stories in the sport based solely on intrigue.

“I think Colorado, again, Rece, will be the most interesting program in college football,” said Thamel. “Like, they have continued to be relentlessly fascinating.”

… “I certainly am never one to say, ‘Oh, a coach shouldn’t speak his mind’ or ‘A coach shouldn’t say that’. I agree with you one hundred percent that we should let coaches be unfiltered and interesting,” said Thamel. “That is what Deion has been.”

“Now, the tenor of some of stuff in the way it has come off hasn’t reflected great on Deion. I think it goes back to a little bit of one of the main topics we talked about a year ago – and I think this was your point that I’m maybe co-opting. Let’s see how Deion handles adversity,” Thamel said. “Like, that was always a question that we had. Okay, you can win signing day and you can have the spring game. You can have all of the pop culture and all the guys on the sideline. But what happens when things don’t go well?”

… “For all of Colorado’s improvement from one win to four wins, they were still a 1-8 conference team last year. They ended the season on a long losing streak,” Thamel noted. “Then they had another complete roster turnover. No matter what they want to say, they lost some good players. Dylan Edwards is a good player. Alton McCaskill had been a really good player – he was the Rookie of the Year in the AAC. They have five new starters on the offensive line. Travis Hunter is going to moonlight at receiver still but they have some huge voids to fill there.”

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May 14th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

‘Coach Prime’ renewed for a third season by Amazon

From Yahoo Sports … Amazon announced the sports documentary series’ renewal during the company’s Upfront presentation on Tuesday. Season 3 is expected to once again bring audiences inside the locker room and onto the field at the University of Colorado Boulder, giving a look at the football program during the upcoming season.

Season 2 debuted in December, following the conclusion of the 2023 college football regular season. It followed Coach Deion Sanders through his inaugural season as the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

Sanders became the head coach at Colorado after a history making season leading the Jackson State University football team of an undefeated season. That story is documented in Season 1 of Coach Prime.

Coach Prime is executive produced by SMAC Entertainment’s Constance Schwartz-Morini, Michael Strahan, FredAnthony Smith, and Jamie Elias. Micah Brown also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Coach Prime is produced by SMAC Productions, a division of SMAC Entertainment, for Prime Video Sports.

Colorado/North Dakota State game time set: 6:00 p.m., MT on ESPN

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s 2024 season opener against North Dakota State will air on ESPN and kickoff at 6 p.m. MT, Disney announced Tuesday as part of its Upfront, a presentation showcasing the network’s concentrated portfolio of sports, entertainment, news and streaming platforms to advertisers.

CU now knows its time and television for the first two games of the season following NBC’s announcement of the Colorado at Nebraska game in Week 2 at its Upfront on Monday.  That game will air on NBC at 5:30 p.m. MT.

The Buffaloes and Bison will kickoff off the second season under Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders with CU’s first two games airing on network television or the flagship ESPN channel for the second straight season and just the seventh time in history along with the 1990, ’95, 2003, ’19, ’22 and ’23 seasons.

One of the most watched teams in the nation last year, the Buffs were on network television five times and  three more games on the flagship ESPN station and had nine games overall not on regional or conference networks.  CU’s five network games and eight games on network or the flagship ESPN are the most in CU history, and the nine overall games not on a regional or conference network matched the most in program history.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.  North Dakota State is one of the top FCS programs in the nation with 17 National Championships and 37 conference championships to its credit.  The Bison have won nine Division I FCS titles since 2011 and will be in the first year under coach Tim Polasek, who was the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Wyoming the previous three seasons and has 10 years of prior experience on the NDSU staff.

On top of Monday’s announcement at NBC’s Upfront, the Buffs were also part of the Upfront last season when FOX announced the season opener at TCU on Big Noon Kickoff as part of its presentation.

The start time and television for CU’s other non-conference game at Colorado State on Sept. 14 is expected in late May, when CU could also find out the time and TV for its regular season finale against Oklahoma State at Folsom Field on Friday, Nov. 29 (Black Friday), which is the only Friday game on CU’s schedule this season.

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May 13th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Colorado/Nebraska game time set: 5:30 p.m., MT on NBC

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s football game at Nebraska on September 7 will air on NBC and kickoff at 5:30 p.m. MT/6:30 p.m. CT, the network announced as part of its Upfront, a presentation showcasing the network’s concentrated portfolio of sports, entertainment, news and streaming platforms to advertisers.

As part of its Upfront presentation, NBC showcased two football games, the Colorado at Nebraska game in Week 2 to open the second season under Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders, and the Fresno State at Michigan game in Week 1.

This will be just the eighth game in CU history on a national broadcast on NBC, with six of the other seven being Bowl games, including the 1962, ’77, ’90 and ’91 Orange Bowls and the 1993 and ’95 Fiesta Bowls. The only regular season game shown nationally on NBC came when CU opened the 1990 season against Tennessee in the Pigskin Classic.   CU has not played a game on NBC since the 1995 Fiesta Bowl.

One of the most watched teams in the nation last year, the Buffs were on network television five times and had eight games on network television or the flagship ESPN station and nine games overall not on regional or conference networks, all the most in CU history.

Colorado and Nebraska are closing out the second home-and-home series since the two discontinued as conference partners in 2010.  The Buffs have won all three of those games to date, including both in the first home-and-home series in dramatic fasion.  CU won 33-28 in Lincoln in 2018 on a last second Steven Montez-to-Laviska Shenault touchdown and 34-31 in 2019 in overtime on a James Stefanou field goal after being down 17-0 at halftime.

Last season in Boulder, CU dismantled the Huskers 36-14 in the second game of the Coach Prime Era.  Shedeur Sanders was 31-of-42 for 393 yards and two touchdowns and the Buffs defense caused four turnovers, including a early interception from Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig that led to CU’s first touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Overall, Nebraska owns the series edge 49-21-2, including a 26-9 mark in Lincoln, but the Buffs are 3-3 against the Huskers the last six games at Memorial Stadium, dating back to 2002.

The Buffs were also part of the Upfront last season when FOX announced the season opener at TCU on Big Noon Kickoff as part of its presentation.

Coach Prime says he has a “good 10 years” of coaching to do at CU

From Denver7Sports … Deion Sanders shared a potential timeline for his coaching tenure at CU Boulder in a video posted to YouTube this week.

In a video documenting the reveal of Coach Prime’s new locker room lounge at Folsom Field – a former conference room where Sanders gets ready and hosts big-wig guests on game day – he said he’d be in Boulder for at least 10 years.

“Whatever coach comes after you, they’re going to be [excited],” a voice says off-camera after Deion toured the new space. “Cause they’ve got a lot of good stuff going on.”

“Well they’re gonna have to wait about 10 years,” Sanders says. “I’ve got a good 10 in me. I’ve got a good 10 strong in me.”

The video was posted by Deion’s son, Deion Jr., who has handled social media around the Buffs football program as Well Off Media. The comment on his coaching tenure happens at around the 2:30 mark of this video:

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May 12th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU one of seven Big 12 teams with at least 25 transfers this off-season

From 247 Sports … The transfer portal era forever changed college football as the task of assembling a roster is increasingly more difficult for coaching staffs unsure of which players are staying or going ahead of the next season. The recent 2023-24 transfer portal cycle witnessed a record-setting number of entries with almost 3,900 players opting to explore other opportunities. For comparison, that exceeded the previous record by more than 300.

Not every college football program was impacted as much as others during the two transfer windows that took place this winter and spring, but every power conference team except for Nebraska suffered double-digit departures. Most of the teams that experienced the highest number of entries were those that underwent a change at head coach following the 2023 season.

Of course, a lot of attention is on Colorado and Deion Sanders with another roster overhaul that included a transfer portal exodus out of Boulder. However, a few other prominent teams were not far behind in total transfer portal departures this cycle.

1. Colorado … 41Deion Sanders and Colorado face another significant roster overhaul with most of its incoming class from last year already out of Boulder. The Buffaloes certainly have not shied away from using the transfer portal almost exclusively to try and upgrade the talent level. Whether that approach will lead to on-field results is yet to be seen. As much as Sanders deflected the impact of the recent transfer departures, some were notable, like former five-star cornerback Cormani McClain and touted running back Dylan Edwards — one of the few high school additions for the Buffaloes since Sanders arrived. Colorado does have 38 incoming transfers already locked in for the 2024 season.

2. Indiana … 39

2. Michigan State … 39

2. Alabama … 39

5. Houston … 33 … Houston would be much lower on this list had it not been for more than 20 departures during the spring window alone. The Cougars witnessed a surge of entries after its first spring practice under new head coach Willie Fritz. Three starters from last season exited in April, joining the five others that left during the winter window. Two of the top receivers are gone in Sam Brown and Matthew Golden, as well as a pair of starting offensive linemen in Tyler Johnson and Reuben Unije. Houston returns just two starters on defense after four departed through the transfer portal for other power conference programs. The Cougars do have 25 incoming transfers for next season.

6. Cincinnati … 32 … Cincinnati actually had more transfer portal departures this most recent cycle than it did after former head coach Luke Fickell left to take the job at Wisconsin. Not much is left from that 2022 season before new head coach Scott Satterfield arrived with the Bearcats. A roster overhaul process is underway in Cincinnati with its latest exodus, which included five starters from last season. The greatest blow occurred on defense where the Bearcats lost each of their top three individual tacklers. Cincinnati made a handful of underrated moves to supplement its roster through the transfer portal with 19 total additions so far.

11. Arizona … 29 … All things considered, Arizona ended up in decent shape from an attrition standpoint despite a change in head coach in mid-January. The Wildcats lost just three starters from last season as new head coach Brent Brennan retained arguably the most important pieces on offense. The defense did suffer a few losses with starting cornerback Ephesians Prysock among those departures that followed former head coach Jedd Fisch to Washington. Arizona had just eight additional transfer departures during the spring window in April.

11. Arizona State … 29 … Arizona State head coach Kenny Dillingham continues to fight an uphill battle in fixing the roster issues handed to him by the previous staff. To make matters worse, the Sun Devils had almost 30 transfer departures for the second year in a row. Only four of those were starters with leading receiver Elijah Badger joining that group during the spring window. Arizona State also lost touted quarterback Jaden Rashada to the portal after he played in just four games last season and missed spring practice due to a non-football related injury. The Sun Devils have 27 incoming transfers, but their portal haul ranks outside the top 25 nationally.

19. UCF Knights — 26

21. West Virginia Mountaineers — 25

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May 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Travis Hunter on the cover of EA Sports College Football Deluxe Addition 

PlayStation Store update has revealed a Deluxe Edition cover of EA Sports’ “College Football 25” that will feature Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, Michigan running back Donovan Edwards and Colorado DB/WR Travis Hunter alongside three more of college football’s leading stars for the upcoming season.

The cover art, which circulated widely on Friday morning but has not been formally released or confirmed by EA Sports, also includes Georgia quarterback Carson Beck, Ohio State running back Quinshon Judkins and Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe.

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May 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

ESPN Transfer Portal rankings: CU No. 2 in the nation

From ESPN … Spring football is well in the rearview mirror and so is the spring transfer window. While there is still time for spring portal entries to commit before the start of preseason camp, most big names have already announced their new destinations and fall rosters have been shaped.

Whether it is established players seeking bigger opportunities or former prospects seeking fresh places, the portal continues to affect the landscape of college football in a major way. Quantifying the portal’s impact on various programs can be difficult. Schools take different approaches to building their rosters, with some leaning more heavily on the portal than others, so portal rankings alone often don’t tell the whole story.

Here’s a look at the 10 classes that made the biggest impact with spring transfers:

No. 1 … Miami

No. 2 … Colorado … We suggest using pencil, not pen, when covering all of Colorado’s transfers. The Buffaloes are as active as any team in the country in the portal. While recent departures made headlines, they’ve also successfully brought in new faces to try and elevate the four-win program. Colorado prioritized revamping the offensive line. It had several options on campus this spring but continued to try and strengthen that unit. That includes landing Michigan State transfer Ethan Boyd, who was an active contributor in 2023. Colorado also added Payton Kirkland, a 2023 high three-star recruit who brings raw tools to still develop.

The Buffaloes added more talent to their defensive front as well. They landed a pair of top-40 transfers, Dayon Hayes (No. 3) from Pittsburgh and Rayyan Buell (No. 39) from Ohio. Hayes was one of the most notable pickups of the recent transfer window. He’s an active, disruptive defense lineman and a needed plug-and-play addition.

Colorado lost its four top rushers from 2023. The loss of running back Dylan Edwards (to Kansas State) stings, but keep in mind only two Colorado backs even surpassed 300 yards in 2023. The Buffaloes added two of the top running backs available in Dallan Hayden and Rashad Amos. Hayden arrives from Ohio State where he flashed as a freshman (2022) and gives Colorado a quick, elusive runner. Amos is on his third school but is coming off a 1,000-yard season at Miami (Ohio) and complements Hayden as a bigger back who is more of a physical presence.

Colorado has made some strong upgrades, and it’s likely not done. The question is whether it has brought in enough to strengthen its overall depth, but the additions so far are notable.

No. 3 … UCF … (only other team from the Big 12) …

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40 Replies to “Colorado Daily”

  1. “people are saying……” (where have I heard that before?)
    The biggest sporting event ever in fort fun.
    seriously?

    1. When you think about it, possibly yea. New stadium and when you look at the “Prime effect” on Boulder last season, for fort fun, as you put it, it probably could be their biggest.

      Only Sonny’s era had any sustained success and national attention, and a new stadium, expectations, last year’s close and contentious game… and the Prime effect could easily surpass Sonny’s era.

  2. Wonder what Ruhle will say when some of his best players hit the portal for the big payday at OSU or Michigan?

  3. Honestly, if it went to NDS +10, I would take NDS. This game will be a lot closer then I would like it to be, but in the end, the Buffs prevail.

  4. I think Phil liked MacIntyre. Based on some of the stuff he said last year, I think he actually likes prime, too. But who cares? That’s like a decade ago now.

    Good for him for trying to find a spot in sports media.

    I am sure everyone wishes him the best.

    Go Buffs

  5. Phil Lindsay is an all time great Buff, but he is a mediocre at best talk show host. And his partner on the show is an avowed Prime hater. It it quite disappointing to hear (read) those comments, I think he is trying to get clicks so to speak by showing he is tough even on his own school. No need for that, the Buffs need our all time greats to circle the wagons. If Phil played for Prime I’m sure he’d be one of the Dawgs on the team. Phil played for the most mediocre, self centered coach (save Fairbanks who is in a class all by himself) I’ve seen in all my years as a Buffs fan, Mickey Mac. HWSRN cared about his players, he was just a bad coach.

    It never ceases to amaze me that commentators forget we are just one season removed from the historically worst season in CU football history.

    1. Exactly, PL has to say things that will garner attention, if he doesn’t his talk show career will be over quickly.

    2. yup,

      Phil turned into an ok player. considering the HC he had
      Go Big Prime
      Either you know or you don’t!

      Note: As I have stated the OC and the DC each lost at least one game last year. Prime time

  6. There is Finebaum and then there is Kiper. Where do these guys come from? The ugly sphincter farm? Fine baum is so ugly he looks like he has been exhumed. I can hardly stand to look at him let alone listen to his whining and desperate self promotion. The only reason they have a job is because of their employer’s go for the train wrecks get clicks phenom.

  7. So Travis isn’t elite
    I wonder if the guy who wrote that, and for some strange reason used baseball as a two way comparison, is the same guy who urged the Jets to take Zach Wilson with the second pick?
    Most sports writers are like flies in a feedlot.

    1. “If Hunter has a strong final season and performs well at the NFL combine next year, he could be a special prospect. ”

      He gave himself an out, it was all about clicks. He also doesn’t include any stats break down, or how Hunter may attract their top defender leaving another receiver open. Or…

      The physical ability needed to play as many snaps he played in the heat against TCU was just amazing. His leadership on the field may not show in his stats, but another player’s may be better because of him.

      It’s a good thing that the real scouts see the big picture of Hunter’s accomplishments on the field.

  8. The thing about Travis is, at least in my eyes, he isn’t done. How many rookies dominate in the nfl? Not many. Travis is going to outwork most of em and continue getting better. Going to be fun watching him do his thing this fall.

    Go Buffs

  9. It’s nice that Klatt is thinking that we will be successful next year. He sat down with Prime and said 4 wins would be tremendous last year. I totally drank the kool aid last year after the first 3 wins and we were close on so many of those. I am hopeful we get over the hump. Can we go beyond 6 though…..

    1. Same on the herd with Colin Cowherd, and with all the positive new players listed above added to the returning production, Klatt has a point that many out there won’t let themselves agree with; Colin agreed, once Klatt asked “Yes or no, is a 400% improvement in wins an improvement?”

      After some banter he got Colin to admit the added production mixed with talent like Hunter, Shedeur and a few others mentioned could be pretty great.

  10. 6.3 wins… How do you .3 wins? I understand that .5 is a tossup between a win & a loss on a game… But are they saying out of three toss up games the team may win one?

  11. Who are the holer and lamb trolls that answered negatively to Gov Camden’s address? My advice is to worry about your own POS programs.

  12. Lost me at: “24-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires” needs 18″ wheels with 35″ tires to go off road, it’s a TRX, not a Hellcat. I hate wheels over 18″ on an off road truck, ruins the ride. I don’t care if you think it looks cool, my truck/SUV actually goes off the pavement… And over a few rocks too.

    But to each his own I guess. He can still take it snowboarding and fishing. Damn nice truck anyway.

    1. Het Marcus
      he needs something to tow the 30 foot airstream and the 25 foot Yamaha jet boat.
      I still use my 2004 Colorado truck for the trails. Excellent maneuverability.

  13. It’s funny. I don’t know what to make of the whole GPA thing for “student athletes”. In my experience, it’s always been largely a joke (yes, with certain exceptions). Nevertheless, it’s a relatively consistent benchmark. And the Buffs hitting the highest GPA average ever for football may be indicative of the “disciplined with character” part of smart, tough, fast, disciplined, with character that Deion targets. Same goes for the dearth of bad news about players on the team over the last 18-20 months. Many predicted the police blotters would blossom. So far, so good.

    Go Buffs

    1. I think it really boils down to pragmatics… Coach Prime simply doesn’t have time to baby sit primadonnas or gangbangers, so there’s just no place for them in the program.

  14. really impressed by the 3.0. Mine was barely over and I had to kick ass the last 2 years to get there. Balancing football and class is a load. Unfortunately how relative is that with NIL? will NIL render grades useless for football?

    1. WHEN THE ATHLETES UNIONIZE – AS MANY GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES LIKE TO DO – THE G.P.A. MIGHT NOT MEAN ANYTHING. BEFORE WE KNOW IT, CARRYING A MINIMUM OF 6 SEMESTER HOURS MIGHT BE THE MAXIMUM EXPECTED. JUST BEING SARCASTIC OF COURSE.

  15. 25,000 fewer seats for the next Buff game? NO WAY. That has to hurt the cobbs for any game. Why dont they build a new stadium instead and use the old one until its done…providing it doesnt collapse first. They are one of those rich Big 10 teams now. And what about the best fans in the world? is itr beyond a million or so of them to send i 100 to 1000 dollars to help out?

  16. Recall when The Prime said DL would come from the transfer portal.

    Yup, only seniors and juniors.

    Go Prime Guy

  17. per the EA player offer:
    Travis and any other high profile player ro accept 600 dollars was foolish
    consider the phone and video game saturation culture these days.
    EA was smart to play for the ego….and not as quite a smart move by the players….and the phone culture? another giant leap for mankind to the end of times.

    1. I’m betting Hunter and the other two got paid additional to be featured on the cover. Isn’t Hunter one of the highest in NIL earnings for college players?

  18. So one writer says CU is 11th and middle of the Big12, another says CU has the 2nd rank transfers class…

    1. well, that was basically Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher. Lots of talent and 4/5 star dudes, but it never translated to success.

  19. I think the article and the response are a lot of people talking at each other and not to each other. Xavier was saying that the way the message was conveyed to him had no “heart” in it. That Sanders and the coaches could have been more compassionate. Sanders has always prided himself on telling it straight. If he does not think you have the talent or skill to play at this level he is going to say so. He treats the young men with respect within that context. I don’t think Sheduer even read the article. I think he saw the way it was marketed and responded to the comments by Xavier that were published without context. If he read the context his response should have been: “Unfortunately some players were told by one staff that they could play at this level. My father and my coach did not believe so. I know my father though and I am sure that the communication was done professionally.” Instead of saying he doesn’t even remember him because he was not good enough to be remembered. Then when Prime responds to all of this, he takes it as an attack on the program. When I read the article I don’t read an attack. I read it as reporting of a bunch of kids who thought they had P5 talent and were evaluated by the new staff to not have it (which is born out that only 1/4 of them found other p5 spots) and instead of coddling them, or having pizza parties they were told that they no longer had a place on this team and they could go to the portal or stay at CU on scholarship but not with the team…. Do you have a requirement to sugar coat you are cutting a kid. Just tell them straight up, try and give as much detail as you can so they may benefit from the learning experience and move on to the next kid….. Tough business but it is a tough business.

    1. There had to be hundreds of kids across the country severely disappointed about being cut and I’m sure many of them were vocal about it. Leave it to the second rate writers looking for clicks to single out out Prime…….especially a cobb freak.
      Its almost like they are jealous of the attention Prime is getting even though they are making most of it.
      Having said that and going on about my derision for most of those frat boys turned “writers,” CBS actually had an even handed article about the Buffs a day or 2 ago.

      1. Spot on EP, they really dug around to find Xavier, and the kid has not done himself any favors.

  20. Having the last word is important and necessary!

    Ask my wife!

    The Primanator never surrenders. (Right or Wrong)

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