Deion Sanders gets real about the Colorado football QB room's long-term future

Apr 27, 2024; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders talks to quarterback
Apr 27, 2024; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders talks to quarterback / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders opened up to the crew of Thee Pregame Show about the future of his Colorado football QB room -- and while he's secure with his son, Shedeur Sanders, as his QB1, and Ryan Staub as his backup, he doesn't believe the rest will be in Boulder long-term if they work out.

“I love what we are at one-two," Coach Prime said of Shedeur and Shaub (h/t Essentially Sports). "I mean it’s hard to say one, two, three, four, five because that’s hard man. Like I don’t think nobody has that lock like if you got four def at quarterback that’s really good, somebody’s gonna leave. This is that day and era that somebody’s gonna leave…"

Behind Shedeur and Staub on CU's depth chart under center is Kentucky transfer Destin Wade and Vanderbilt transfer Walter Taylor III; the latter of who struggled mightily with his accuracy at the Black and Gold spring game on April 27.

Deion Sanders believes Colorado football backup Ryan Staub is QB1 material

Following his fill-in start during Week 13 of the 2023 season -- in which he completed 17 of his 24 pass attempts and threw for a touchdown against Utah -- Staub was called starter material by Coach Prime.

Sanders said he wouldn't forecast Staub being a backup for the rest of his career.

“I don’t think it’s Staub’s dream to be a number two quarterback,” coach Sanders said (h/t The Denver Gazette). “I’m not gonna forecast that on Mr. Staub. After his performance today, he wants to play somewhere, whether it’s here or somewhere else. He proved that he could play. I’m proud of him.”

Good on Staub for sticking around to back up Shedeur for another season. That loyalty and patience could pay off in 2025 if Sanders doesn't land a top QB target like Julian Lewis.