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Colorado Buffs - updates to roster and staff

Colorado Buffs - updates to roster and staff
By TrevMon • Issue #20 • View online
The Transfer Portal is source of drama and action, the Feb 2 signing date looms, and the coaching staff is complete.
In this cycle, 18 Buffs have entered the portal, but considering the average FBS program will likely have 15 enter the portal, it’s nothing to get to frustrated about. Although, the six starters that have entered the portal will be non-trivial to replace. To date, four have found new homes (M Perry:TCU; B Rice;USC; M Blackmon:USC; C Gonzalez:Eugene) while Dimitri Stanley (WR) and Jarek Broussard (RB) are still on the market.
The portal also giveth, and the Buffs have solid recent additions. All told, the Buffs are expected to add 32 new players this cycle (high school recruits plus transfers) since they will benefit from NCAA waiver to replace up to 7 scholarship transfers (initial contacts = 25 +7 = 32).

New Transfers and New Coach
The Buffs now have four transfers in the 22 cycle. The Buffs will likely be targeting more transfers at positions of need (S, DB, OL, RB)
  • QB, Maddox Kopp (6-4, 200): from Houston, has 4 years eligibility and was originally a recruiting target of the Buffs 20 class. He has four years eligibility.
  • WR, RJ Sneed (6-1, 190): was a Big 12 second team performer at Baylor. Last season the Texas native had career high 46 catches for 573 yards and two touchdowns. He has one year of eligibility.
  • OLB, Chance Main (6-5, 250): Chance led Incarnate Word with four sacks last year. He has one year of eligibility.
  • IOL, Tommy Brown (6-7, 320): transfers in from Alabama, former 4 star recruit from SoCal powerhouse Mater Dei. Brown had 75 snaps with the Tide last season and one start (Pff PBLK:74.9 | RBLK:73.5). 2 years eligibility.
New Hire rounds out coaching staff.
The Buffs have likely completed their 22 staff with the hire of Phil McGeoghan as their new wide receivers coach. Phil’s previous stop was with the San Diego Chargers as their WR coach.
Buffs Add NIL Exchange to adapt to new normal
A confluence of forces, i.e. the rule change for one-time transfers, the roster surplus created by 2021 COVID eligibility waiver hangover, and NIL are transforming college football rosters at an unprecedented pace. This cycle, the average FBS program will likely see an average of 15 players enter the portal (currently 14.5).
Tampering to entice transfers with NIL incentives is a reality. In the short term, the NCAA has taken a loose approach to regulating NIL, but new rules are needed to regulate transfer activity. NIL will create winners (Quinn Evers, Spencer Rattler) but the overall market will likely be characterized as a a lot for a few, and a little for many. Meanwhile, some programs and donor bases have larger willingness to pay for play and will organize (illegally) beyond the what was anticipated in the NIL laws.
In response, the Buffs have launched a new NIL exchange designed to connect student athletes with businesses and individuals offering opportunities. In addition, the Buffs student-athletes are now eligible to receive benefits and earn up to around 6,000 in pay from the university per academic year, which is a probably a pretty good deal for most student athletes.
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Off-season conditioning program is in full swing
The Buffs began their off -season under coach Shannon Turley in his first full off-season. This clip from Buff’s videographer John Snelson shows a glimpse of the program’s emphasis on flexibility, explosion, form and functionally exercises.
Feb 2 signing date looms
Going into the Feb 2 signing date, the Buffs signed 22 players in this class, which ranks in the top half of the Pac-12. (4th - 247 | 3rd -Rivals). Expect the Buffs to add another 10 players (total 32 initial contacts 25 + 7 replacement). The Buffs roster, which now stands at 83, will swell as high as 93 before further attrition by Aug 1 where it needs to be at 85.
The biggest issues last year were QB and Offensive Tackle. The QB room is already in better shape, with three added for a total of 6 in the room this Spring, and another offer is extended to Braden Waterman. Expect the Buffs to use the remaining scholarships to bolster competition and depth at positions of need (Tackle, Safety, Running Back, Defensive Tackle). High school players in general are less likely to make immediate impact at OL, DT, S, so prefer to see transfers in those positions. On Wed the Buffs expect to sign commit Van Wells, C Houston and a few more, it’s possible they may pull a rabbit out of the hat and flip someone.
Tackle:
Alex Harkey - a 6-6, 300 lb Tackle from Tyler Junior College
Zack Miller, 3*, Orange County (probably slim chances since he visited WSU Jan 28)
Running Backs:
Andrew Paul - all of a sudden he has become the next Bo Jackson, with Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, Michigan coming on strong. Buffs were the first D-1 program to offer Paul, so keep (slim) hope alive.
Anthony Hankerson - this 5-9 190 pound back from St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Florida has speed, power, agility and has made a late visit the weekend of Jan 30.
Ramon Jefferson - a productive back from Sam Houston earned second team All-America honors from AP. He has one year of eligibility
Safety:
Jeremy Mack - JUCO product from East Mississippi community college.
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