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  05/15/22 - Casey RoddickrJr/2024, Colorado, 6-3, 325 (DS#48 OG) + More +

  In recalling the memory of returning to the football field last summer, Casey Roddick can't help but laugh. "It was like a baby deer just trying to get out there and figure out how to run first," he said. Now a fifth-year junior offensive lineman for the Colorado Buffaloes, Roddick is enjoying a new level of confidence after going through a full winter and spring of workouts. He didn't get those workouts last year. In late January of 2021, about a month after he and the Buffs played in the Valero Alamo Bowl, Roddick contracted COVID-19 and then was diagnosed with myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle sometimes caused by a virus.

"Personally, I thought I was done playing forever," he said. "That was the consensus between myself and also some of the coaches that were previously here. They thought I was done with it. It was definitely scary to figure out, like, it could be over just like that." Studies have shown that young males are more likely to develop myocarditis than others and that African Americans have had a higher rate of hospitalization from COVID-19 compared to Caucasians. "I just had to do whatever the doctor was telling me, but the statistics don't lie at the end of the day," Roddick said. "Definitely when I heard those statistics it was alarming to be like, 'Okay, what do I need to do to get over this, most importantly, but how can I get over it the fastest?" - Daily Camera


(DS#48 OG) rJr/2024 OG Casey RoddickColorado
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  05/13/22 - Robert BarnesrSr/2023, Colorado, 6-2, 230 (DS#58 ILB) + More +

  When he got to Colorado a year ago, Robert Barnes was eager to play alongside star linebacker Nate Landman and learn from the leader of the Buffaloes' defense. Now that Landman has graduated, Barnes is eager to take on a bigger role and lead the Buffs from the middle of the defense. "Nate did a great job of implementing what a Colorado linebacker was, especially for me not knowing anything about the tradition or the culture," said Barnes, a transfer from Oklahoma in January of 2021. "Just by being with him in that room for a year and being able to build off his leadership and knowing where we want to set the standard for this room in the future, I think helped a lot." A 6-foot-2, 230-pound inside linebacker, Barnes is a sixth-year senior who is preparing for his second season at CU.

In four years at Oklahoma, he played safety and linebacker. He was a starter for 10 of the 34 games he played with the Sooners, compiling 78 tackles, one tackle for loss, and two interceptions. Last season with the Buffs, he played in 11 games, with three starts late in the year after Landman went down with a shoulder injury. Barnes finished with 44 tackles, three tackles for loss and an interception. - Daily Camera


(DS#58 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Robert BarnesColorado
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  05/12/22 - Drew CarterSo/2025, Colorado, 6-3, 195 (DS#36 QB) + More +

  Throughout the spring, incumbent starter Brendon Lewis took the first-team reps at quarterback for the Colorado Buffaloes. Junior JT Shrout, although limited as he recovered from a knee injury, was in the spotlight as the main competitor for the starting job. Meanwhile, Drew Carter continues his own work as he strives to get on the field. "I just try to control what I can control and get better each and every day," the true sophomore said. "I try to focus on two things to get better on (every day). I don't really see it as a competition. I mean, I'm definitely competing against them but my biggest competition is myself."

With Shrout injured, Carter went through last season as the No. 2 quarterback for the Buffs. He played in six games, but despite the offense struggling all season, he took only 31 snaps. Carter threw 12 passes - 8 of those in a Week 3 game against Minnesota - and either handed the ball off or took a knee 16 times. Overall, he was 5-for-12 for 35 yards. "A little bit (frustrating)," he said of last season. "I mean, it would be frustrating for anyone, but I just tried to control what I control." Carter threw for 6,955 yards and 54 touchdowns during his three-year career at Tigard (Ore.) High School, but didn't get a senior year in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He then graduated early and enrolled at CU in January of 2021. - Daily Camera


(DS#36 QB) So/2025 QB Drew CarterColorado
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  05/11/22 - Brady RussellrSr/2023, Colorado, 6-3, 250 (DS#31 TE) + More +

  With one more season to play, Russell has already left his own indelible mark on CU. Named the Buffs' offensive scout team player of the year in 2017, he earned a scholarship during fall camp in 2018. By the end of that season, he was a starter. He enters this season with 38 games and 28 starts under his belt and he's developed into one of the better tight ends in the Pac-12. Last season, he led the Buffs in receptions (25) and receiving yards (307). Russell has spent the offseason trying to be even better, though. "It's been really, really good," he said of the offseason. "I kind of got to grow a lot more in my pass game and understanding the different things I can do. That's probably where I've seen the most growth."

In spring, Russell said he focused on "hand placement in my blocking and also having more vertical footwork instead of horizontal. I've definitely improved a lot in both categories. Coach (Clay) Patterson has helped tremendously." Clay Patterson was hired as CU's tight ends coach in January and there may not be a better coach/player fit than Patterson and Russell. "It's kind of like having another me in the room," said Russell, who shares a love of country music with his new position coach. "We're very similar - the way we think, the way we talk; our vernacular even in the meeting room." - Daily Camera


(DS#31 TE) rSr/2023 TE Brady RussellColorado
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  05/07/22 - Alvin WilliamsSo/2025, Colorado, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  During an open scrimmage on April 9 at Folsom Field, it was tough to miss No. 58 coming around the edge and making plays in the backfield. "Just doing my job," Colorado sophomore outside linebacker Alvin Williams said. "It's always fun to do your job, return to that childhood game you played back in the backyard. Coming off the ball and getting that sack, you get super excited. Me wearing the 58 in Colorado, I feel like Von Miller every time I get a sack."

While Miller is no longer starring for the Denver Broncos - he's now gearing up for his first season with the Buffalo Bills - Williams is continuing his pursuit of being like the future Hall of Famer. "That's where I get most of my moves from, either Von Miller or Khalil Mack," Williams said. "I've been watching Chandler Jones lately, too, just working on the ghost moves and just seeing how guys in league (work)." Last season, only three teams in the country had fewer sacks than the Buffs (13, 1.08 per game) and they were 107th nationally in tackles for loss (59, 4.92 per game). Then, they lost their best edge rusher, Carson Wells, to graduation. This year, the Buffs are banking on several players, including Williams, taking their game to a new level so they can improve on the edge. - Daily Camera


(DS#999 OLB) So/2025 OLB Alvin WilliamsColorado
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  One of the best inside linebackers in the Big 12 is coming to the Pac-12. On Saturday, Josh Chandler-Semedo announced that he is transferring to Colorado for his final year of college football after playing the previous four seasons at West Virginia. Chandler-Semedo played in 44 games at West Virginia, with 31 starts and he was the Mountaineers' active leader in career tackles with 260. Last season, he was a 13-game starter at middle linebacker, finishing with 110 tackles, including 68 solo stops. He also had 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and three pass breakups. He was voted All-Big 12 honorable mention by coaches and was third-team All-Big 12 by Phil Steele. Chandler-Semedo was named WVU's defensive MVP at the Liberty Bowl in 2020 after recording 13 tackles and his first career interception. - Daily Camera

(DS#31 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Josh Chandler-SemedoColorado
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  05/02/22 - R.J. Sneed IIrSr/2023, Colorado, 6-0, 195 (DS#44 WR) + More +

  RJ Sneed hasn't been in Boulder very long, but it hasn't taken much time for Colorado quarterback Brendon Lewis to develop a good rapport with his newest weapon. During the spring showcase on Saturday at Folsom Field, Lewis connected with Sneed four times for 29 yards. Two of those receptions went for first downs, including a 14-yarder on a second-and-12 play. "Oh yeah, it's really fun throwing to RJ, watching RJ catch the ball," Lewis said. "As soon as he got here, we had a connection. I don't know why. Maybe because we're both from Texas, but it's really fun playing with RJ. He knows a lot about the game and stuff, so I like throwing him the ball." During an open scrimmage on April 9, Sneed played sparingly, but Lewis found him for a 19-yard reception on a third-and-9 play. CU lost five receivers to the transfer portal after last season, including starters Brenden Rice and Dimitri Stanley. The addition of Sneed is expected to be a boost for the offense. A graduate transfer, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Sneed caught 133 passes for 1,564 yards and eight touchdowns at Baylor. He led the Bears in receiving in 2020. - Daily Camera

(DS#44 WR) rSr/2023 WR R.J. Sneed IIColorado
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  04/24/22 - J.T. ShroutrSo/2025, Colorado, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Junior quarterback JT Shrout has been unable to fully participate this spring as he continues recovery from an August knee injury. He has been able to get a lot of work in, however, particularly in seven-on-seven drills. "It's been good for him," Dorrell said. "It's unfortunate that he can't get more work than that. That's his challenge that he fights every day is that he only gets the seven-on-seven reps and he doesn't get any team or anything like that. His development in his mind, I'm sure he would tell you, is not good enough, because he's not getting that type of work, but he's got this summer." Dorrell said Shrout should be full-go when the Buffs get back together for workouts in June. - Daily Camera

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB J.T. ShroutColorado
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  02/28/22 - Ramon JeffersonrSr/2023, Colorado, 5-09, 215 (DS#32 RB) + More +

  2021 ALL-WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Ramon Jefferson, R-Jr., Sam Houston,...The WAC's leading rusher with 972 yards and 11 scores, he has 250 more yards and seven scores more than anyone else in the league. He has five 100-yard games and ranks in the top 20 in all of FCS in total rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, rushing yards per game and yards per carry despite not even ranking in the top 50 in the nation in total rushing attempts. - Sam Houston Football

(DS#32 RB) rSr/2023 RB Ramon JeffersonColorado
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  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB),...Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#31 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Josh Chandler-SemedoColorado
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  12/20/21 - Colby PursellrSr/2023, Colorado, 6-3, 300 (DS#23 C) + More +

  Dorrell confirmed Wednesday that two veteran offensive linemen won't return next year. Starting center Colby Pursell could have played one more season, but is choosing to focus on graduate school. Backup Max Wray, who came to CU as a transfer from Ohio State last summer, has had some neck issues and will not continue to play, either. CU also has a pair of backup safeties that are moving on. Ray Robinson has graduated and won't return. Curtis Appleton also has his degree and one more year to play, but he put his name into the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday. - Daily Camera

(DS#23 C) rSr/2023 C Colby PursellColorado
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  11/20/21 - Nate LandmanrSr/2022, Colorado, 6-3, 238 (DS#12 ILB) + More +

  Out with a shoulder injury, Nate Landman still wanted in on the action. No longer content to merely listen in on the headset in street clothes late in the game, the Colorado senior linebacker ducked into the back, changed into his uniform and took the field for the game-ending kneel-down. Only fitting that a defensive player came up with yet another memorable moment Saturday. Jack Lamb returned a fumble 88 yards for a touchdown, one of four turnovers created by Colorado, and the defense sealed the game with a fourth-down stop as the Buffaloes held on for a 20-17 win over Washington. "Well, we found another way to win at home," Colorado coach Karl Dorrell cracked. "It's interesting to look at the stat sheet, and you would say, How did they win that game?" Here's why: Colorado was outgained by a 426-183 margin, converted 2 of 13 third-down opportunities and saw Washington dominate time of possession.

But the Buffaloes (4-7, 3-5 Pac-12) relied on their bend-don't-break defense with the offense struggling most of the afternoon. Colorado intercepted two passes by Dylan Morris and forced two fumbles. Linebacker Carson Wells wrapped it up when he hurried Morris into an incompletion on fourth down. It gave the Buffs the ball back on downs to run out the clock. Out there went Landman, who's been hurt for the last month but dressed in his uniform as part of Senior Day. He spent most of the afternoon standing on the sideline in street clothes as he helped fire up the defense. "He told me he was going to do it," Wells said. "I told him he should have taken a snap." - Colorado/AP College Football


(DS#12 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Nate LandmanColorado
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  11/10/21 - Trevor WoodsSo/2025, Colorado, 6-1, 195 (DS#10 SS) + More +

  OCT 18 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trevor Woods, Fr., Safety, Colorado (Katy, TX),...In Colorado's 34-0 win over Arizona, and with the Buffs ahead 6-0 a little over midway in the third quarter, he first blocked a punt, chased it down and then returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. It was CU's first blocked punt since 2018, and the first blocked punt returned for a TD since 2004...First Colorado player to win this award since 2019 when Kicker Evan Price and Punter Alex Kinney each won it once...Also nominated: Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Joshua Karty, K, Stanford; Eddie Czaplicki, P, Arizona State. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#10 SS) So/2025 SS Trevor WoodsColorado
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  11/07/21 - Cole BeckerSo/2025, Colorado, 6-3, 215 (DS#8 K) + More +

  Cole Becker was more impressed with his counterpart's big field goal than he was with his own game-winner in double overtime. Oregon State kicker Everett Hayes missed a 38-yard field goal in the second overtime after nailing a school record 60-yarder at the end of regulation, and Becker's 43-yarder gave Colorado a 37-34 win over the Beavers on Saturday night. "That's the moment all young kickers dream about," said Becker, a freshman, after navigating his way through the homecoming crowd that rushed the field when his last field goal sailed high through the uprights. But what about Hayes' 60-yarder, which is the longest in the FBS this season, the longest in Oregon State history and tied for the longest ever at Folsom Field. "That was incredible," Becker said. "I think, if I'm right, he hadn't hit 50-plus in his career. When he lined up for 60, I was like no shot. I'm standing on the bench, it was good from 65, and I was like, ‘That was a kick!'" Colorado (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) won for the first time in four multi-overtime games in the program's history and the Buffaloes denied bowl eligibility for Oregon State (5-4, 3-3), which remains in search of its first six-win season since 2013.

The teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime with Brendon Lewis scoring on a 9-yard quarterback keeper for Colorado and running back B.J. Baylor snaring a high direct snap with his left hand and trotting into the end zone. Baylor, the conference's leading rusher, gained 98 yards on 22 carries but the Buffaloes were pleased because they were without their top tackler in injured linebacker Nate Landham and several others stepped up. Colorado actually outgained the Beavers on the ground 222 yards to 220 thanks to Jarek Broussard's 151 yards on 24 carries, including a 49-yarder that set up a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. - Colorado/AP College Football


(DS#8 K) So/2025 K Cole BeckerColorado
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  09/09/21 - Mustafa JohnsonrSr/2022, Colorado, 6-0, 288 (DS#64 DT) + More +

  A couple of weeks ago, Colorado coaches let players know that Mustafa Johnson might be coming back to the team. On Tuesday, head coach Karl Dorrell said Johnson has been cleared to start practicing with the Buffaloes, although he didn't say when the veteran defensive lineman will be eligible to play. "It's huge," linebacker Nate Landman said. "He was one of our best leaders last year and a super productive guy on the field, a great leader off the field. "We're so excited to have him back and he means a lot to this team. He's a huge leader on that D-line and having him back is nothing but great for this program." Johnson elected in January to skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. He signed with an agent, but went undrafted and was unable to land a free-agent contract with an NFL team. He did receive a tryout with the New York Jets but was not signed.

He has been granted a waiver to return to CU and play his final season but has to go through practice time and serve a suspension because he did sign with an agent. When BuffZone reported last week that Johnson was coming back, sources told BuffZone that Johnson could make his debut on Oct. 2 against Southern California at Folsom Field. On Tuesday, Dorrell did not talk about a specific return date. "He will start the practice regimen," Dorrell said. "We just got clearance today, actually, about him being able to start practice. There's an acclimatization period that he needs to go through that a lot of our players when they begin practice have to do. There's also part of the stipulation of his reinstatement that he's got to serve as well. "He's just going to get himself in shape and he can help our team be better...He's going to have some time to get himself in shape. And he's excited. Our team's excited he's back and I'm excited. We feel he's going to really help us when we get into the meat of our season." - Daily Camera


(DS#64 DT) rSr/2022 DT Mustafa JohnsonColorado
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