Colorado Football: Buffs add West Virginia linebacker

The Colorado Buffaloes added to a position that they desperately needed, especially with the loss of linebacker Nate Landman to the NFL.

Landman was a tackling magnet for Colorado’s defense and his presence and energy will be sorely missed.

Landman was signed as an undrafted free agent to the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night while teammate Carson Wells signed with the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals early Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Colorado was made aware that former West Virginia linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo will be calling Boulder home for his final year of eligibility. It took him less than a week to make the decision, being as that he entered the transfer portal on Feb. 27.

We saw this something similar to this last season as former Oklahoma Sooner linebacker Robert Barnes transferred to Colorado before the 2021 season.

The Buffs will be going away from their 3-4 defensive scheme (about time) and going to a more traditional 4-3 base. Colorado has some experience at the linebacker position with seniors Quinn Perry and Robert Barnes.

Chandler-Semedo appeared in all 13 games last season for the Mountaineers, setting career-highs across the board. The linebacker accounted for 110 total tackles, 68 of which were solo while recording 1.5 sacks, three pass deflections and two forced fumbles.

Over his four-year career in Morgantown, Josh accumulated over 257 tackles (151 solos) with 1.5 sacks (all from 2021 season) three interceptions, six pass deflections and three forced fumbles.

Chandler-Semedo signed his letter of intent to join West Virginia in late-December of 2017, receiving offers from schools such as Air Force, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Kent State just to name a few.

The Texas Longhorns were a team that was expressing interest in the senior linebacker as well as they looked to add depth to their defense.

Josh was rated a 3-star out of high school according to 24/7 Sports, earning a composite rating of 0.8350.