5 biggest gets for Colorado in the transfer portal

Coach Prime went all-in on the transfer portal this offseason, but of the 23 incoming transfers, FanSided college football writer Josh Yourish expects these five to be the most important and have the biggest impact in 2024.

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Justin Mayers. Justin Mayers. player. . . Eligibility: 2 years. Justin Mayers. Senior. LG. 2165

If Johnson wasn’t the best pass-blocking guard on the market, then it was Mayers who played 810 snaps at left guard for UTEP and only allowed eight pressures and just one sack. In 2022 Mayers played even more with 844 snaps and just seven pressures allowed. 

Those stats came at a lower level than the Big 12, but Mayers is a great pass-blocker and very strong in the run game on the inside. Both Johnson and Mayers primarily play left guard, so one of the two will need to flip around to the right side, but that shouldn’t be an issue. 

Whether it’s Mayers or Johnson flipping to right guard, it will be a massive upgrade for the line. On runs between the right guard and right tackle last year, Colorado rushers averaged 2.3 yards per carry in 22 attempts, the lowest yards per carry average of any spot along the offensive line.