Adding depth behind star Colorado transfer should be an offseason focus

Adding depth behind Colorado football quarterback Shedeur Sanders in 2023 “should be an offseason focus” according to BuffZone’s Pat Rooney.

“Finding an experienced graduate transfer might still be a challenge with Shedeur entrenched as the starter, but a younger transfer quarterback might be a more viable option with Shedeur heading into his final season,” Rooney prefaced before saying, “CU will get some reinforcements with the arrival of recruit Danny O’Neil, but retooling the quarterback room around Shedeur should be an offseason focus.”

As Rooney pointed out, Coach Prime put the Buffs in a precarious position when he christened Shedeur the starting quarterback at his introductory press conference as the head football coach at the University of Colorado.

“Squashing even the illusion of a quarterback competition came with a drawback, one that didn’t come into play for CU until Shedeur was knocked out of the game at Washington State,” Rooney prefaced before saying, “Having the coach’s son as the starting quarterback essentially vanquished any chance of CU landing an experienced backup via the transfer portal. No quarterback who wants to compete for time was going to willingly choose to do so in Boulder.”

Coach Prime must sell a redshirt freshman QB in the transfer portal to choose Colorado football

The best QB target Coach Prime can find in the transfer portal is a current redshirt freshman who never got any looks, or got limited snaps, with his current team. Alabama’s Dylan Lonergan comes to mind given the Charles Kelly connection. Fellow Yellowhammer State signal-caller Holden Geriner is another option; should he not play in either the November 25 Iron Bowl or Auburn’s bowl game.

This offseason will continue what’s been a slow rebuild, but making the right moves, or anything close to them, at every position through the transfer portal is how it will pick up any steam.

Not having anyone capable behind Shedeur under center is a death sentence to any hope of Colorado being relevant in 2024.