Colorado football transfer relishes past at FCS level

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Colorado football transfer OL Wyatt Hummel is grateful that he got to play at Villanova during the first five years of his playing career -- but he wanted to finish his career closer to his home of Dallas and experience something new in his extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will always cherish my time and those wins we had at Villanova,” said Hummel (h/t BuffZone). “We had a ton of older guys on the team (last year), and a lot of them either moved on from the program or are in the middle of getting to the league.

“I felt it was best for me to experience something new and something a little closer to home so my people can come to games easier. Colorado may not be the closest to Dallas, but that 12-hour drive is a whole lot easier than the 23 it takes to get to Nova or the four-hour plane rides my family would take for my games. Can’t say it enough: I’m so thankful for Villanova and everything they have done for me, but I just felt it was best to move on.”

Phil Loadholt credited for landing Colorado football transfer Wyatt Hummel

As Hummel revealed, new offensive line coach Phil Loadholt was the primary reason Hummel committed to Villanova. Loadholt has been nailing the talent acquisition portion of his new gig, as has been said, and Hummel is further proof of that concept.

It goes without saying that Loadholt could go down as the most notable offseason hire for Coach Prime this past Winter, even if Warren Sapp, one of the highest-paid GAs in the history of the sport, will get most of the headlines.