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Colorado signed three-star 2018 WR Dylan Thomas in December.

Thomas (6'3/180) picked the Buffaloes over offers from schools like Arizona State, Cal, Washington State and Utah. Reports indicate that he has excellent body control, and that he is also good after the catch with the ball in his hand. He's also reportedly a quality route runner, so this could be a candidate to play early in the Colorado offense this fall.
May 14 - 4:28 PM

Colorado signed three-star JUCO 2018 T Kary Kutsch.

The Buffaloes have a glaring need at offensive line, so adding a 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle like Kutsch was necessary. "He threw the shot put and discus in track and at offensive tackle he is very physical, he is already over 300 pounds and is over 6-4," Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He will bring a powerful presence for us on the offensive line." At the very least, Kutsch should provide depth to an offensive line that lost three starters this spring to graduation.
May 13 - 12:13 PM

Colorado received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Braedin Huffman-Dixon.

Huffman-Dixon plays at the legendary Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, California; and is a huge get for the Buffalo class. He was also considering USC -- considered the co-favorites for his services -- along with Oregon, Utah, Nebraska and Georgia. He ranks 254th overall in 247 Sports list of the top 500 players, and 40th among wide receivers. It sounds like Huffman-Dixon could be an impact wideout with his size and speed as soon as he arrives in Boulder at some point in 2019.
May 4 - 6:55 PM

Broncos signed Colorado RB Phillip Lindsay.

Lindsay (5’7/185) made 30 starts for the Buffaloes, breaking CU’s all-time record in yards from scrimmage (4,683) and logging a 765/3,775/4.9/36 career rushing line with 117 receptions. PFF College ranked Lindsay top 20 in the nation in both missed tackles forced (47) and yards after contact (809) in 2017. Still snubbed for a Combine invite, Lindsay blazed 4.38/4.41 at the Buffaloes’ Pro Day, also touching 35 ½" in the vertical. Lindsay offers kick return experience and has an outside chance to become a poor man’s Tarik Cohen.
May 2 - 5:48 PM

Falcons selected Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Oliver (6’0/201) was a one-year starter but three-year contributor in the Buffaloes’ secondary, earning first-team All-Pac 12 as a 2017 junior and allowing a stingy 75.7 passer rating into his coverage (PFF). Oliver finished his career with 32 pass breakups and three interceptions while doubling as a decathlete on CU’s track team. Even without blazing long speed (4.50), Oliver’s elite length (33 ½-inch arms) and press-man coverage skills give him No. 1/2 corner potential.
Apr 27 - 8:53 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler projects Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver to be selected by the Buccaneers with the 38th pick in his second-round mock draft.

Oliver would be the second corner to come off the board in this scenario, as Brugler projects the Colts to take Iowa's Josh Jackson with pick 36. Tampa Bay has an obvious need at corner as Brugler notes -- many mock drafts projected them to address the position with their first-round selection -- and Oliver (6'1/190) is considered by many analysts to be the most NFL ready.
Apr 27 - 5:07 PM

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports if UCF CB Mike Hughes falls, Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver could "take his place" in the first round.

Rapoport mentioned the Seahawks and Falcons as two teams interested in Oliver. Both teams make sense for Oliver as the Seahawks "legion of boom" has dissassembled and the Falcons went to Boulder to work out Oliver in March. Rapoport said "teams expect" Hughes to fall due to "off-the-field concerns including the reasons he left UNC." Oliver has a good shot to be selected in the middle-to-late first round.
Apr 25 - 5:53 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver has "really good cover skills."

"He won’t hit anybody" The scout continued "He’s got to cover an outside guy. He can’t cover those inside slot kids." Oliver (6'1/190) has outstanding size, speed and length that has impressed scouts. Another scout said he has "average instincts and inconsistent reaction to short and intermediate routes. Just average physicality in run support and as a tackler." Oliver is projected to be drafted in the late first or early second round.
Apr 25 - 12:13 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Colorado RB Phillip Lindsay to NFL RB Chris Thompson.

This is a compliment we can get on board with, because their style of player is very similiar. Both catch the ball out of the backfield exceptionally well, and despite being small of stature -- Lindsay measured at 5-foot-7, 184-pounds -- they are more effective runners between the tackles than you might anticipate. Zierlein projects Lindsay to go at the end of Day 3, and he could be great value there as a ready-to-play third-down back.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 5:32 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver to Pittsburgh Steelers CB Artie Burns.

Oliver projects to go late in the first to the early second, in Zierlein's eyes. He notes that he has outstanding size (6'1/190) and speed, with arms that "go on for days." He also notes his fluid hips that can go track the football, and his long limbs help him press receivers. His concerns come from Oliver's ability to change speeds, and he needs to improve his backpedal. Oliver should be off the board in the first 40 picks, and a team looking for immediate impact from a corner would do well to take him in that range.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 6:47 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah hears that the Chiefs are trying to trade up to select a cornerback.

The Chiefs would likely be looking for a corner either way, but that need jumped up after the trade of Marcus Peters to the Rams. "They have a glaring need at cornerback and the top cover men will be long gone by the time they are on the clock if they stay put at No. 54," Jeremiah writes. "They need to get into the range of picks 35-40 in order to secure a Day One starter at that position, and many around the league expect them to make that happen." That could be for a player like Colorado's Isaiah Oliver, who most project to go in the late-first, early-second round range.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 9:01 PM

Colorado sophomore LB Dante Sparaco will transfer.

Sparaco (6'5/245) came to the decision after talking his situation through with his family over spring break back in March. Playing as a true freshman this past season, the linebacker had an open-and-down open to his college career. He saw 32 snaps on defense over the first four games of the 2017 campaign, but would only be used on special teams from that point onward. A broken hand caused major impediment during the season as well. After the campaign's close, Sparaco couldn't help but voice some frustration over playing time, saying, "I thought I performed pretty well in the spring and thought I had a pretty good shot to play. " Now moving on from Colorado, Sparaco will have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations unless he opts to drop out of the FBS.
Source: Buff Zone
Apr 3 - 12:40 PM

Colorado senior QB Steven Montez threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in Colorado's spring game on Saturday.

Montez completed 8-of-15 passes for 90 yards during the scrimmage, and also ran for 43 yards. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal-caller showed flashes of being a quality quarterback in 2017, but struggled to stay consistent as Colorado dropped from 10 to 5 wins. That's not all on Montez, but he'll need to play better in 2018 if the Buffaloes have any chance of competing in the Pac-12 South.
Mar 19 - 1:14 PM

Colorado redshirt sophomore ILB Akil Jones (sports hernia) is fully healthy again.

Jones was named Colorado's most improved linebacker this spring. "It is really big," HC Mike MacIntyre said of Jones' spring. "Akil was doing really well last year for us and he ended up having a sports hernia at the end of the year. He's come back this spring on fire, like he was in fall camp. I trust Akil being out there now. He's very explosive and fast. I feel like we have four guys now that can do it."
Source: Buff Zone
Mar 18 - 5:20 PM

Colorado sophomore WR Laviska Shenault drew raves in spring practice and was named the team's most improved WR/TE.

"Laviska Shenault has been impressive all spring and he showed it again today," said co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini on Saturday. Shenault, a stour 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, caught seven balls for 168 yards last season. He could be in line for a breakout season in Boulder. "We've had some good players (at receiver)," QB Stephen Montez said. "If he keeps continuing to work and gets a few more years of experience, he'll definitely be an NFL guy. I don't think that's a question at all."
Source: Buff Zone
Mar 18 - 12:53 PM


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