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  Yet another Colorado football player is likely on his way out of Boulder. On Friday, receiver Chase Penry announced his intention to put his name into the NCAA transfer portal when the 45-window opens on Monday. Following a miserable season, the Buffs (1-11, 1-8 Pac-12) have already had five players announce their intention to enter the transfer portal. True freshman quarterback Owen McCown and fifth-year junior guard Casey Roddick announced their decisions earlier this week. Safety Isaiah Lewis and receiver Maurice Bell are also in the portal, but both are sixth-year seniors who need a medical hardship waiver to gain a seventh season and final year of eligibility. Penry played in 11 games a true freshman in 2021, catching eight passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also had three punt returns for 53 yards. - Daily Camera

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  Colorado quarterback Owen McCown is planning to put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. On Thursday night, the true freshman, who was CU's most efficient quarterback this season, announced his decision on Twitter. McCown can't officially put his name in the portal until Monday, when the 45-day window opens for FBS players. Graduate transfers can put their name in the portal at any time, however, and receiver Maurice Bell announced his intention do that on Thursday, as well. Earlier this week, guard Casey Roddick and safety Isaiah Lewis also put their names into the portal as grad transfers.

This season, CU had four different starting quarterbacks, and McCown had the best passer rating of the bunch, at 110.0. He made three starts, completing 57.0% of his passes (57-of-100) for 600 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns. A 6-foot-2, 175-pound true freshman from Rusk, Texas, McCown was recruited to CU by Dorrell, the Buffs' former head coach who was fired on Oct. 2. - Daily Camera


Fr/2026 QB Owen McCownColorado
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  Although action doesn't officially start until Monday, among the reported quarterbacks in, or planning to be to enter the transfer portal as of Dec. 1 is Colorado's Brendon Lewis: He started all 12 games last season as a redshirt freshman, then played in two games this season. He opened the season as the starter, didn't play at all in the second game, played as a backup in the third game and that was it. Lewis didn't put up notable numbers, but he also played in two bad offenses. - NFL Draft Scout and online sources

rSo/2025 QB Brendon LewisColorado
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  OCT 31 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Jordyn Tyson, Fr., WR/KR, Colorado (Allen, Texas),...In Colorado's 42-34 loss to Arizona State, Tyson had 246 all-purpose yards: he had career-highs of five receptions for 115 yards, earning 5 first downs while scoring a touchdown on a 58-yard reception, tying his career-long...The 115 yards are the 3rd most receiving by a true freshman ever at Colorado...He returned 4 punts for 131 yards, including an 88-yard sprint for a TD; it tied the 6th-longest punt return in school history.

The 246 all-purpose yards are the most by a freshman in school history (39 more than the previous mark)...1st player to win both the Freshman and Special Teams honors in the same week since the Freshman award was created prior to the 2019 season...1st Colorado player to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week since the award was created...1st Colorado player to be named Pac-12 Special Teams player of the Week since Trevor Woods in Week 7 of 2021. Also nominated for Special Teams: Christian Gonzalez, DB, Oregon; Nicholas Barr-Mira, K, UCLA; Tyler Loop, K, Arizona...Also nominated for Freshman: Jaylon Glover, RB, Utah; David Bailey, EDGE, Stanford; Mason Murphy, OL, USC. - Pac-12 Football


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  Colorado's former starting quarterback has put his name into the NCAA transfer portal. On Tuesday, sophomore Brendon Lewis announced that he has decided to leave CU. Lewis was the opening day starter on Sept. 2 against TCU, but had slipped to third on the depth chart in recent weeks. A third-year sophomore from Melissa, Tex., Lewis completed 170-of-291 passes (58.4%) for 1,727 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in his career with the Buffs, while adding 304 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He finishes his CU career with 156 consecutive passes without an interception - the second-longest streak in Buffs' history. Lewis made his CU debut in the 2020 Alamo Bowl, coming off the bench in the Buffs' 55-23 loss to Texas. He completed 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown in that game. - Daily Camera

rSo/2025 QB Brendon LewisColorado
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  J.T. Shrout threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Montana Lemonious-Craig in overtime, powering Colorado to a 20-13 upset of California in interim coach Mike Sanford's debut Saturday. Jack Plummer had Mason Starling wide open for the score on first-and-goal from the 10 on Cal's ensuing possession but strong safety Trevor Woods arrived just after the pass and popped the ball loose. When Plummer's fourth-down pass fell incomplete, the students stormed the field to celebrate Colorado's first win of the season.

Sanford inherited a team that was off to just the fourth 0-5 start in school history, one that cost Karl Dorrell his job. Sanford placed an immediate emphasis on physicality and takeaways, which paid off on Colorado's first defensive series with Tyrin Tyler's sliding interception, the Bears' first turnover in four games. Cal (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) entered the game as a 15 1/2-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but Dario Longhetto was wide left on field-goal tries going both ways, missing from 54 yards in the first quarter and 48 in the second. Longhetto was good from 34 yards as time expired in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. The Bears won the toss and chose to start out on defense. - Colorado/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB J.T. ShroutColorado
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  Colorado fired football coach Karl Dorrell after an 0-5 start in which the Buffaloes have been blown out by more than 20 points in each game. The school announced the decision Sunday, a day after a 43-20 loss at Arizona. It's only the fourth 0-5 start in the history of Colorado (1980, 1984 and 2006). "I want everybody to know that I have a ton of respect for Coach Dorrell and the way he led our football program with integrity," Colorado director of athletics Rick George said. "He helped us navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and did so with a lot of class. He made our young men better off the field, both in the classroom and in the community. He led our program to the highest GPA in our history, and his team was involved in a lot of different community activities. "Karl's a good man, I have a ton of respect for him and I wish him nothing (but the) best in his future endeavors. "However, the on-the-field performance fell well short of our expectations," George added. "I know that starts with me. I hired Karl and it didn't work out the way any of us wanted it to. There's no excuses and I own my part in where we are today." Dorrell, 58, was brought in as a replacement when Mel Tucker bolted for Michigan State out of the blue in February 2020. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 DE Terrance LangColorado
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Joshka Gustav, Colorado, So., LB,...Has played in 19 games with three starts...Played in 10 games in 2021 and started three at outside linebacker, missing the final two games due to injury...Made his first career start in week eight against Oregon...In his 191 defensive snaps, he recorded 13 total tackles, 11 solo, and a sack. - Colorado Football

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  Although the main acquisition of the offseason has yet to practice this month, the Colorado Buffaloes are starting to see their offensive line come together. On Saturday, head coach Karl Dorrell said he's pleased with the progress of the line as the Sept. 2 opener against TCU quickly approaches - despite Alabama transfer Tommy Brown sitting out the first 16 practices of preseason camp to this point as he recovers from a knee injury. "We've created enough depth and versatility I would say," Dorrell said.

Dorrell has spent much of his coaching career in the NFL, while first-year offensive line coach Kyle DeVan has played and coached in the league in the recent past. Both are familiar with an NFL roster that has limited numbers, making position flexibility vital. "That's something Kyle and I share a background with … creating versatility within your system," Dorrell said. "The NFL carries normally seven offensive linemen into games on Sunday, so there's a lot of guys that have to play a lot of positions. Kyle has trained a lot of our guys to play multiple positions so it gives us a lot of flexibility, so whenever there are injuries, we can be able to quickly make an adjustment." - Daily Camera


rSr/2023 OG Tommy BrownColorado
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  The 2021 season certainly didn't end the way Guy Thomas wanted it to end, with him on the injured list. However, he did enough in the games he played to gain quite a bit of confidence as he prepares for his final year with the Colorado football team. Before a foot injury cut his season short, Thomas was one of CU's better defenders in 2021. He finished with 36 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks in seven games - the most extensive playing time he's had since his senior year of high school in 2016. "I feel like going into my sixth year, I'm definitely experienced," he said. "I've seen a lot and I'm just ready for kickoff. I'm just ready to get out there and compete with the top teams in our conference and to compete against TCU, Minnesota and Air Force." This season, the Buffs have good depth at outside linebacker, but Thomas might be the best of the bunch. After playing sparingly in two years at Nebraska, Thomas played six games at Coahoma (Miss.) Community College in 2019 before transferring to CU. He played just 80 snaps in 2020 before breaking out last year. - Denver Post

rSr/2023 OLB Guy ThomasColorado
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  Going into the season, there is no question Alex Fontenot and Deion Smith are the leaders of Colorado's running backs room. Yet, watching Jayle Stacks move his 5-foot-11, 235-pound frame downfield before leaping into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown run at the Buffaloes' scrimmage last Saturday provided a glimpse into the potential he has to impact the offense. "Jayle is doing a really good job," running backs coach Darian Hagan said. "He's a multi-dimensional running back that can do a lot of different things and he's doing everything we ask of him. He's buying into it." A third-year sophomore from Cherry Creek High School, Stacks is hoping this can be the year he finally busts loose for CU. After rushing for nearly 3,000 yards during his prep career, Stacks has played just 40 offensive snaps in his first two seasons at CU. He has carried the ball once, gaining four yards late in a 34-0 rout of Arizona last season.

Stacks' potential to impact the offense has been there since he arrived, though, and he's often displayed a knack for big runs or catching the ball out of the backfield during practice. He's now hoping that leads to more opportunities on game day. "Oh for sure," he said. "I talked to Hagan and (offensive coordinator Mike) Sanford and they want me to do that. But what really matters is that Deion and Fontenot, the guys that have been here, I have no problem (being behind them). They've been here longer than me, so whenever my number's called, I'll be ready to get it done." Stacks has put himself in a better position to produce when his number is called. "He's a guy that we wanted to lose weight," Hagan said. "He attacked that head on. He lost weight...He's doing a really good job for us." - Daily Camera


rSo/2025 RB Jayle StacksColorado
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  Safety Isaiah Lewis, is healthy and stepping up as a leader for the Buffs. The only returning starter in the secondary, Lewis missed spring practices after offseason surgery, but is healthy and making a difference during preseason camp. "Now that he's back up to speed and he's on the field, it gives our defense a comfortable peace of knowing that there's experience back there," CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. "He helps out the safeties that are still kind of learning the trade back there. He's been a really good leader from that standpoint, but we're also asking for him to elevate his game, too." Lewis led the Buffs with 79 tackles last season and also intercepted two passes, but didn't have any pass breakups. He had 27 tackles and eight pass breakups during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. "He's made a couple of nice plays (in camp)," Dorrell said. "He had an interception (Monday), so he's doing some really good things, too." - Daily Camera

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  On the first day of Colorado's preseason camp, quarterbacks Drew Carter and Brendon Lewis were asked to name some players that have impressed them this summer. Several days later, senior receiver RJ Sneed and sophomore cornerback Nikko Reed were asked the same question. The first player they all mentioned was true freshman receiver Jordyn Tyson. "His athleticism and how he approaches the game," Sneed said when asked what makes Tyson special. "In runs, he makes sure he's in the front. I remember doing summer 7-on-7, he was making plays here and there. As a young guy, you kind of get stuck, like, 'OK I'm doing good,' but every day he was trying to do something to show off that, 'I belong here." Although not the most highly recruited player in CU's 2022 class, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Tyson is showing that he does, in fact, belong. Yet, even as he hears the hype around him, Tyson is striving to remain humble. "Really, (receivers coach Phil McGeoghan) keeps me humble," Tyson said. "He says all the little stuff I'm working on, he's not going to compliment me too much so I don't get a big head. I just try to be humble and just keep working and keep working so I can just be a good player in the Pac-12." - Daily Camera

Fr/2026 WR Jordyn TysonColorado
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  Junior Jaylen Striker is entering his third season with the Buffs but hasn't seen much time on the field. That could change this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has moved from cornerback to safety and is making plays during practice this month. "He had a pretty good scrimmage (on Saturday)," Dorrell said. "He had a couple nice tackles in the scrimmage and right now, he's running with our top two groups and he's having a good camp. We're hopeful that he continues that because he really hasn't had a chance to do that, in terms of being a factor in our defense." Striker played his first two seasons of college football (2018-19) at Independence Community College before transferring to CU.

In 2020, he got a chance to play in two games on the punt return unit but missed the entire 2021 season with an injury. "He's had shoulder surgeries and stuff, but it's good that he's over all of those things and he's having a good camp and he's made a few plays," Dorrell said. "He's definitely in a position to help us this year, probably better than any of the years before." Outside of senior Isaiah Lewis, the Buffs don't have much experience at safety, so Striker could provide some quality depth in the back of the defense. - Daily Camera


rJr/2024 SS Jaylen StrikerColorado
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  Don't try to warn Na'im Rodman about hitting any sort of mid-training camp wall. Football, and the encouraging depth Rodman believes is being built along Colorado's defensive interior, will be more than enough motivation to power through the midpoint of camp. On Saturday, head coach Karl Dorrell put the Buffaloes through a scrimmage at Folsom Field. The week ahead marks the midpoint of the preseason grind, with Saturday's workout counting as practice No. 10 of 25 for CU ahead of the Sept. 2 opener at Folsom against TCU. It can be a demanding portion of the calendar.

The opening buzz spurred by the start of camp has faded. Opening night remains weeks away. Yet for Rodman, one of the most experienced players along CU's defensive front, the promise of an improved season is helping the group keep their focus narrowed on daily goals. "I love playing football. So it's easy to wake up and come to practice every day," Rodman said. "It's more like the challenge is to not look so far ahead. I've just got to focus on what I've got to do today." Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson has maintained the Buffs' shift to a 4-3 front this year from a base 3-4 formation was decided in part to make the best use of the talent on the roster. There arguably is not a better combination of depth and experience among any of the Buffs' position groups than along the defensive front. Rodman has played in all 30 of CU's games since he came to Boulder as a true freshman in 2019, with nine starts. - Daily Camera


rJr/2024 DT Naim RodmanColorado
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