Confirmed by head coach Jon Embree and reported through multiple outlets, sophomores Liloa Nobriga and Deji Olatoye will not be returning to the team next season. Only Olatoye saw action in 2011 before being suspended mid way through the year for off the field issues. Both were said to be working their way back on to the team according to Jon Embree as of late October, but in the end, will not be here next season.
LB Nobriga and DB Olatoye were two of the five suspended defensive players in week six of the season before the Buffs took on Stanford. DB Parker Orms, DB Josh Moten and DB Paul Vigo were the other three players, all of which have been reinstated. Olatoye played in four games, making 10 total tackles.
With 28 graduating seniors and attrition occurring with players like Nobriga and Olatoye, expect a huge recruiting class in 2012. This next class will be of monumental importance for Embree and his success at Colorado. The staff can't afford to whiff on this one given the huge number of scholarships available and holes all over the team. It will be interesting to see if Colorado struggles on the recruiting trail. Will Embree start taking risks on under the radar players or will he potentially carry some over into next year's recruiting class. Recruiting should be interesting to watch this offseason with well below average results in year one and a huge number of scholarships to give.