Polarizing Colorado football flip dominating first full spring key to being ready to start

Sep 30, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Cormani McClain (1) breaks up a
Sep 30, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Cormani McClain (1) breaks up a / Chet Strange-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado football cornerback Cormani McClain dominating in his first full spring in Boulder will be key to him proving that he's capable of handling starting cornerback duties -- given Carter Stoutmire's position switch to safety -- ahead of the 2024 season, says Buffaloes Wire's Jack Carlough.

"This was an easy pick (for a spring breakout) considering how much talent Cormani McClain owns," Carlough prefaced before saying, "A former five-star recruit, McClain had a rocky true freshman season, playing in only nine games with four starts. Dominating his first spring practice season at the college level will be key for McClain to prove he’s ready to be a full-time starter this fall."

Carlough had previously pegged McClain among several potential breakouts for the 2024 season.

"I’m expecting some of Colorado’s true freshmen from last season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, to take a big step forward this spring," Carlough prefaced before saying, "Potential breakout candidates include safeties Jaden Milliner-Jones and Carter Stoutmire, cornerback Isreal Solomon and linebacker Taje McCoy.

"Wide receiver Omarion Miller and cornerback Cormani McClain are also big names, although they each had breakout moments last season."

Colorado football CB Cormani McClain had slight setback in January with car accident in Boulder

McClain was involved in a minor car crash in Boulder after sliding into another car at a stop light; receiving a citation per TMZ Sports.

"Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Cormani McClain -- the highest-ranked recruit in Deion Sanders' 2023 CU class -- was issued a citation last week after he was involved in a car crash in Boulder...
TMZ Sports has learned ...the accident happened on Jan. 15 less than a mile away from CU's campus -- after cops say McClain's car "slid into another vehicle when trying to brake for a red light," the publication's report read.

"Fortunately, a spokesperson for the Boulder Police Department said there were no reported injuries ... and neither car suffered major damage. We're told, however, McClain was issued a citation for 'driving too fast for the weather conditions.'"

Luckily, the incident is as minor in nature as it gets and should have no impact on McClain's spring.