Fall Camp Roster Review – Secondary


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Mekhi Blackmon and Isaiah Lewis have All-Pac-12 honors on their resumes, but Christian Gonzalez may be the best player in the defensive backfield … Can Chris Miller stay healthy long enough to be effective? Will the newcomers who will be thrust into the fray be ready to contribute? …

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No. 20 Texas 55, Colorado 23

//posted 12.31.2020

Texas used quick scoring drives – six touchdown possessions going for between 74 and 89 yards, with none of the taking more than six plays (with the seventh touchdown coming on a one-play, 21-yard “drive”) – to dominate Colorado, 55-23

Neither of the starting quarterbacks finished the game, with the Longhorn backup Casey Thompson getting the better of it. Texas quarterback Sam Elhinger was lost after the first half, but Thompson led the Longhorns to 38 second half points as Texas turned a 17-10 halftime advantage into a rout. Thompson completed only eight passes, but four of them went for touchdowns, as a solid CU defensive effort in the first half was completely missing in the final two quarters.

CU’s backup, Brendon Lewis, could not overcome the hole left by the Buff defense and CU’s starting quarterback. Senior Sam Noyer went 8-for-23 for 101 yards and two interceptions with his time on the field, and overthrew receivers on three different occasions on what would have been touchdowns. Lewis directed all three of CU’s touchdown drives, completing 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards. Lewis also had 73 yards rushing on nine carries, including a two-yard touchdown run.

Running back Jarek Broussard accounted for the Buffs’ other two scores, finishing the game with 82 yards on 27 carries.

For the game, Texas torched the Colorado defense for 638 yards of total offense, while the Buffs settled for 378 yards.

“This game tells me how much further we have to go,” said Karl Dorrell, who fell to 1-4 in bowl games as a head coach. “Our tackling was poor and our inefficiency on offense and we didn’t take care of the football. These are the things we’ve been preaching and talking about and we didn’t improve in those areas. It’s unfortunate and we have got a lot of work to do.”

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Colorado 24, Arizona 13

//posted 12.7.2020

Sophomore running back Jarek Broussard had 301 yards rushing, the fourth-highest single game effort in CU history, leading the Buffs to a 24-13 come-from-behind win over Arizona. Broussard had carries going for 75, 72, and 59 yards … but didn’t score. Broussard did, however, become the first Colorado player to open up his career in Boulder with four consecutive 100-yard games (see multiple records set by Broussard in the Game Notes).

Arizona, which jumped out to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter, had two second half drives covering in excess of 80 yards in the second half … but didn’t score on either of them. The Wildcats, who lost for a school-record 11th-straight game, had two 100-yard rushers of their own (Michael Wiley – nine carries for 126 yards; Gary Brightwell: 20 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown). The Buffs went for 499 total yards (dipping below on the game’s final kneel downs), but gave up 422.

The Buffs ran their season record to 4-0, making first-year head coach Karl Dorrell only the second Buff coach since 1905 to open his career at Colorado with four wins (Rick Neuheisel opened with a 5-0 record in 2005 … but he was taking over a team which had gone 11-1 the year before). Dorrell became the sixth CU head coach to open with a 3-0 record in conference play, but the first since Jim Yeager in 1941.

“It just tells me a lot about this team”, Dorrell said about his team rebounding from a two-score deficit. “There wasn’t any panic, there wasn’t any concern that we were in trouble or that look that you get on players faces when they seem to lose confidence or something like that. I didn’t sense that at all. There was more problem solving. Trying to find answers and solutions as we’re on the sidelines making adjustments.”

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CU’s 2018 starting safeties graduated, and two potential replacements are out this spring with injuries … Will DC Tyson Summers be left with a starting lineup at safety consisting of a converted wide receiver, a converted cornerback … and an outside linebacker? …

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Buffs are solid at the cornerback position, with two eight-game starters returning – with one of them likely to be replaced by Chris Miller (if healthy) … Both safety positions, however, must be replaced – will linebacker Davion Taylor come to the rescue? …

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Buff fans have great confidence in the CU secondary, but Athlon has the unit ranked 9th in the Pac-12 … Who’s got it right?

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CU loses three DB’s (including Isaiah Oliver), but ShaDon Brown believes the unit may be even better

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Buffs lose three starters, but an influx of JC talent will help fill the voids in the defensive backfield

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Late addition to Class of 2017!! – USC didn’t have room, so CU picks up 3-star DL Terrance Lang (bio posted)

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CU’s pick up a commitment from 6’6″, 320-pound defensive tackle Jalen Sami (a possible gray-shirt) …

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Early Enrollees

//posted 1.17.2017

Six new Buffs officially added to the roster, with classes for the Spring 2017 semester now underway

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ARCHIVED GAME OF THE WEEK
2019 CU 34, No. 24 Arizona State 31 "Everyone Chipped In. Everyone Did Their Job" READ