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  04/09/21 - Nate LandmanrSr/2022, Colorado, 6-2, 235 (DS#4 ILB) + More +

  On Tuesday night, Landman took part in a CU-sponsored virtual event, "Discovering Dorrell." During the event, host Mark Johnson interviewed head coach Karl Dorrell, while a set of former football players spoke with current players. Landman was interviewed by Matt Russell, who won the Butkus Award as an inside linebacker with the Buffs in 1996. During the interview, Landman provided an update on his injury recovery from rupturing his Achilles' tendon on Dec. 12 against Utah.

"The rehab is going a lot better than I thought," said Landman, who was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last season and is not participating in CU's spring practices this month. "I'm actually ahead of schedule. I've been running for the past two weeks on the underwater treadmill and after this week, they'll move me to the (AlterG treadmill), which is just modified bodyweight running. So, I would say about two, three (weeks), maybe even a month ahead of schedule on that term." The Buffs are hopeful that Landman will be ready to go when preseason camp begins in August. "Nate's in great shape, he looks great," Dorrell said to Johnson. "He's got a great mindset about where he's going, he feels good about where the rehab situation is for him...He's going to be ready to go for sure by the fall before we start training camp." - Daily Camera


(DS#4 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Nate LandmanColorado
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  04/09/21 - Colby PursellJr/2022, Colorado, 6-3, 305 (DS#999 C) + More +

  As a freshman in 2018, Colby Pursell became a fixture in the Colorado Buffaloes' lineup and seemed poised to anchor the offensive line for several years. Injuries and illness have limited him to 10 games the past two years, but the 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior is feeling good this spring. "It was kind of a weird little trip I've been on since I've been here, as far as injuries, but right now I'm feeling pretty good," Pursell said Monday after the Buffs' fourth practice of spring. In 2018, Pursell became just the third freshman to start a season opener at center at CU. He wound up starting all 12 games and played more snaps (830) than anyone on the line.

In 2019, he moved to right guard but was limited to seven games (five starts) after having his gallbladder removed in the middle of the season. Last season, Pursell was back at center and started three of the Buffs' six games, but missed three games in the middle of the season because of an injury. This spring, Pursell is working at center - but said he could shift to guard if needed - and is feeling good physically. He gives some of the credit to new director of strength and conditioning Shannon Turley, who was hired on Jan. 29. "I've been working a lot with coach Turley and he's great," Pursell said. "I think he's awesome for us. I think he's helped a lot. - Daily Camera


(DS#999 C) Jr/2022 C Colby PursellColorado
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  04/09/21 - Terrance LangJr/2022, Colorado, 6-6, 285 (DS#44 DE) + More +

  Junior defensive end Terrance Lang was also a part of Tuesday's virtual event, as he was interviewed by former CU defensive lineman Alonzo Barrett (2004-07). Asked about his goals, Lang, who has eight career quarterback sacks, said, "On my mirror in my room I have two goals written out. It's to get a sack a game and the other one is, as far as school, to get a higher GPA than I got last semester. I've got those two goals written on my mirror in my room and I see them every day." Lang is not participating in team workouts this spring because of offseason shoulder surgery, but Dorrell said the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Lang is doing well in conditioning. "He's lapping the defensive lineman," Dorrell told Johnson. "He runs like a deer. … It's an impressive thing to see because he's a fabulous athlete. We're hoping he obviously gets recovered from the shoulder surgery and gets ready to go for the fall. We think he's going to be fantastic." Dorrell added that Lang had his best academic semester in the fall. Last season, Lang had 14 tackles, one sack, and five tackles for loss. - - Daily Camera

(DS#44 DE) Jr/2022 DE Terrance LangColorado
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  04/08/21 - Carson WellsJr/2022, Colorado, 6-3, 250 (DS#28 OLB) + More +

  Last week, Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell said the Buffaloes' revamped defense could give the outside linebackers an opportunity to "pin your ears back and go." A smile came across the face of Carson Wells when he was asked about that comment. "It definitely opens it up for us to make more plays," said Wells, a junior outside linebacker. "We've just got to have that dog mindset in our play every play. This defense is really designed for us to make plays. I don't want to get into it too much but it's designed for us to make plays and we've just got to go out there and execute."

Wells is coming off a dominant 2020 season in which he led the country with 2.67 tackles for loss per game. Despite playing just six games, he tied for third nationally with 16 total TFLs. Nationally, he was one of only 15 players with at least 14 TFLs, and the others each played at least nine games. A 6-foot-4, 250-pound fourth-year junior, Wells is the unquestioned leader of the outside linebacker crew, but it's a group with intriguing possibilities. "It is a position that we feel confident that we can be very productive and mainly because of what Carson is able to do with his experience," Dorrell said. "We know that he's going to generate some plays on his side of it." - Daily Camera


(DS#28 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Carson WellsColorado
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  04/08/21 - Christian GonzalezFr/2024, Colorado, 6-1, 200 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Last fall, Colorado coaches saw enough potential in Christian Gonzalez to throw him into the fire at cornerback. This spring, Gonzalez is still just 18 years old but is benefitting from the experience he got last season. "I do feel more confident, just after getting a regular season; well, half a regular season," Gonzalez said Monday after the Buffaloes' fourth practice of spring. "The game has slowed down a lot. Way more than going into last season out of high school, but it's great." Gonzalez, who turns 19 on June 28, came to CU from The Colony (Texas) High School last summer and earned a starting role in preseason camp. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA did not count last season towards eligibility, so Gonzalez will go into next season as a freshman again. Despite his youth, Gonzalez asserted himself during the brief season for the Buffs (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12). He started all six games and played nearly 90% of the defensive snaps, showing improvement from the start of the season to the end. "He's a good young player," CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. "I won't say (he played) outstanding, but I will say better than average job for a first-year player to come in here and play." - Daily Camera

(DS#6 CB) Fr/2024 CB Christian GonzalezColorado
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  04/06/21 - Dimitri StanleyrSo/2023, Colorado, 5-11, 185 (DS#43 WR) + More +

  In the past two seasons, Dimitri Stanley has become one of Colorado's best receivers. The sophomore doesn't believe, however, he's reached his full potential. "I want to improve upon my blocking," Stanley said after the Buffs' third practice of spring on Friday. "I think I could have been a lot more efficient in the blocking game and in the run game. And then pretty much yards after catch - I think I can do a lot more from that standpoint. "Even on punt return, I think I can be one of the best returners in the (Pac-12). Just going into the season with that kind of confidence is going to take my game to the next level."

With KD Nixon transferring to Southern California this winter, the 6-foot, 190-pound Stanley is entering his fourth season with the Buffs as the most experienced receiver on the team. In 21 career games, Stanley has caught 55 passes for 690 yards and three touchdowns, while returning 18 punts for 124 yards. During the abbreviated 2020 season, he caught a team-high 20 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. During the first week of spring practices, Stanley feels ready to take his game to another level. "So far I feel a lot better, honestly," he said. "I feel faster, stronger, quicker. I feel like I'm making guys miss. I feel like I'm catching the ball better. I'm honestly thinking that I'm just getting ready for the season now. I think I'm halfway there already. So, from this standpoint, it's just seeing how far I can go." - Daily Camera


(DS#43 WR) rSo/2023 WR Dimitri StanleyColorado
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  04/05/21 - LaVontae ShenaultrFr/2024, Colorado, 6-2, 190 (DS#35 WR) + More +

  Receiver La'Vontae Shenault has a few off-the-field traffic incidents in the past year, but he's also flashed his tremendous talent. In the early going of spring, Dorrell said he's seeing some maturity in the redshirt freshman, who was suspended twice last season but caught 17 passes for 193 yards in the four games he played. "I would say it's an ongoing process, but he's getting so much better," Dorrell said of Shenault, who was recently recognized by the team for his academic work. "He's growing up. Vontae is a very passionate kid. He's doing a lot of really positive things right now. He's doing great in school; he's having his best semester he's had since he's been here in school, so that's a big positive."

Dorrell also said Shenault is stepping up as a vocal leader in the receiver room. "He's doing a great job this offseason, in training," Dorrell said. "He looks great and he's practicing great. There's a positive vibe that he's going through right now. We're hoping there's a consistency that he can develop and maintain for the rest of his career. If he does that, he has a chance to be special." - Daily Camera


(DS#35 WR) rFr/2024 WR LaVontae ShenaultColorado
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  04/03/21 - Jarek BroussardrSo/2023, Colorado, 5-09, 185 (DS#34 RB) + More +

  After Colorado's Jarek Broussard was caught from behind on a trio of long runs at Arizona on Dec. 5, his coaches joked that if he wasn't wearing a knee brace, he would have scored. "I think we made enough jokes about it that ever since we started the offseason, he hasn't worn it," CU head coach Karl Dorrell said Wednesday after the Buffaloes completed their second practice of spring. "He got rid of the Linus blanket." Broussard recovered from two torn ACLs in his left knee to bust loose last season. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back finished third in the country in rushing (149.17 yards per game) was named Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

Wearing the brace provided some comfort last season, but ditching it this spring is another step in his progression. "Personally, looking at film from last year, I've noticed that the brace kind of restricted me to a lot of things," he said. "This spring, I'm going without the brace to try to see how it's different and honestly, I feel a lot better, I feel a lot faster, I feel more elusive. Right now it's going good." Two practices into spring, the Buffs haven't been in pads, but Dorrell said Broussard "looks fabulous. He looks faster, which is what we all anticipated he would be without a brace." - Daily Camera


(DS#34 RB) rSo/2023 RB Jarek BroussardColorado
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  04/01/21 - Alex FontenotrJr/2022, Colorado, 5-11, 195 (DS#33 RB) + More +

  Following a breakout season in 2019, Alex Fontenot was looking forward last fall to picking up where he left off. Instead, a hip injury kept Fontenot on the sidelines last season, but the Colorado junior is back this spring and ready to compete. "To me, it felt good," he said after going through CU's first practice of spring on Monday. "Obviously, a little rusty, but that's nothing that practice can't fix for me." Fontenot, listed at 6-feet, 205 pounds, had not practiced since injuring his hip in October, early in CU's COVID-19 delayed preseason camp, and he hasn't played a game since Nov. 30, 2019, at Utah, but was ready to roll on Monday. "He's back and it's good to see him at practice," CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. "He feels good. He doesn't look like he's favoring anything. He's making good cuts; he's vertically getting push up the field; he's running strong through the line of scrimmage from what I saw today, so I think he's over the hump. It's good to have him back." Fontenot, who led the Buffs with 874 rushing yards in 2019, said he's felt 100 percent healthy for months. "Getting through this process, really it was just sticking to my rehab that I had to do and really just not going away from that so I can get back on the field as soon as possible," he said. - Daily Camera

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Alex FontenotColorado
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  04/01/21 - Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Colorado, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Senior quarterback Sam Noyer, who started all six games last season, isn't participating in spring practices because he's recovering from shoulder surgery. His presence is certainly felt, however. "You can tell Sam's around because you hear him," Dorrell said. "He's showing his leadership qualities. He's running, he's doing everything from a conditioning standpoint...He's doing all of that stuff but obviously he's not ready to throw a football yet." With Noyer out, returning freshman Brendon Lewis, true freshman Drew Carter and junior J.T. Shrout, a transfer from Tennessee, are competing. "(Noyer) has being very encouraging for the quarterbacks and all the offensive players," Dorrell said. "Sam is such, I think, a really positive influence on a lot of our players. He loves this team, being around the team and encouraging them to keep getting better and keep performing." - Daily Camera

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerColorado
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  03/26/21 - Mustafa JohnsonSr/2021, Colorado, 6-0, 280 (DS#19 DT) + More +

  Mustafa Johnson knows he doesn't have the prototypical size that the NFL is looking for in defensive linemen. Many of the top line prospects in this year's draft class are between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6, with many of them north of 300 pounds. Johnson, a former Colorado star, measured at 6-feet, 280 pounds during the Buffs' annual pro timing day on Monday. "What I lack in size I make up for in versatility and how I play," Johnson said. "I don't play small. I play big." The most dominant defensive lineman at CU in recent years, Johnson, a former junior college transfer, racked up 30 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in 27 career games with the Buffs. Despite playing less than two-and-a-half years worth of games with the Buffs - in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic shortening the 2020 season - Johnson ranks top 20 in CU history in tackles for loss and top 15 in sacks. Now, he's hoping that NFL scouts look at his productivity, rather than his height. - Daily Camera

(DS#19 DT) Sr/2021 DT Mustafa JohnsonColorado
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  03/22/21 - *William ShermanJr/2021, Colorado, 6-3, 304 (DS#15 OG) + More +

  Will Sherman checked just about every box as an accomplished Division I tackle at Colorado. In three seasons in Boulder, he made 15 starts at left tackle and 12 starts at right, anchoring the Buffs' line from both sides while earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2020. But at 6-foot-3, Sherman's lack of height has become an issue as an NFL tackle prospect. That's why he's determined to use his pro day on Monday to show scouts his versatility at guard and center. "I've put a huge emphasis in my training on being able to play all five positions, so I've been snapping the ball a lot to show I can play there and just to let all 32 teams know I can play wherever they need me to play up front," Sherman said. "I really want to show them I can play on the interior."

CU offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue believes the Allen, Texas, native has the athleticism and intellect to make a position switch. Sherman's only played one game at guard in his career, while in high school, and none at center. "Will's best asset is his athleticism, and he's also a very intellectual player," Rodrigue said. "He works hard on studying extra film and understanding his opponent, and his natural position is going to be center or guard. He's going to excel, learn it really fast and take ownership of it. There's no doubt he can play either of those positions at the next level." - Denver Post


(DS#15 OG) Jr/2021 OG *William ShermanColorado
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  03/13/21 - Antonio AlfanoSo/2023, Colorado, 6-4, 285 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Antonio Alfano's career at Colorado is over before it got started. On Wednesday, the former five-star recruit announced on social media that he will enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Once rated as the No. 1 recruit in the country for the class of 2019, Alfano began his college football career at Alabama, but left the Crimson Tide that fall and entered the transfer portal. In November of 2019, the highly touted defensive lineman announced his intention to transfer to CU and enrolled in January of 2020. About six weeks after Alfano got to CU, however, the head coach who brought him here, Mel Tucker, bolted for Michigan State. CU hired Karl Dorrell on Feb. 23, 2020, as head coach. Shortly after Dorrell was hired, Alfano was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. He was reinstated to the team in August, but was not cleared medically. - Daily Camera

(DS#999 DE) So/2023 DE Antonio AlfanoColorado
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  03/13/21 - Jake WrayFr/2024, Colorado, 6-5, 310 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  According to 247Sports.com, ongoing back issues led to offensive lineman Jake Wray, a freshman, to walk away from the game. CU confirmed to BuffZone.com that Wray has medically retired. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Wray was a true freshman last season and missed the entire season with injury. Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Wray graduated from Marietta (Ga.) High School and enrolled at CU in January of 2020. Wray was one of three offensive linemen signed by CU in 2020, along with Carson Lee and Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan. - Daily Camera

(DS#999 OT) Fr/2024 OT Jake WrayColorado
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  03/06/21 - *William ShermanJr/2021, Colorado, 6-3, 304 (DS#15 OG) + More +

  On Wednesday, the NFL announced the list of 323 draft prospects invited to take part in the scouting combine, and former CU tackle William Sherman is on the list. Sherman, a junior last season, elected to forgo his final season at CU to declare for the draft. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Sherman was named second-team All-Pac-12 by coaches and media last season. Sherman is the 11th player in CU history to declare early for the draft. - Daily Camera

(DS#15 OG) Jr/2021 OG *William ShermanColorado
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