The top of the depth chart at corner for Colorado looks great. Chidobe Awuzie is one of the best defensive playmakers in the country. Isaiah Oliver is a super promising and athletic player, and Ahkello Witherspoon is a very viable starter. Assuming CU implements a base nickel, that would most likely put Awuzie at the nickel position, and Oliver and Witherspoon on the outside. That is a pretty good core of cornerbacks. The problem is what comes after, that in the depth chart, and the loss of Ca'ron Baham to a transfer closer to home last week makes an already thin group even more thin.
After the starters comes a myriad of question marks. Baham would have provided a much needed depth piece this year, but he decided to move on from the program. Nick Fisher has experience at corner, but the coaching staff definitely want him to play safety this year. Afolabi Laguda will be used as more of a utility player, and after that come many newcomers to the team, such as Trey Udoffia and Ronnie Blackmon. This isn't to say that none of these guys have a bright future; it is just that some the reserves are inexperienced and may not be polished enough to immediately be an effective Pac-12 cornerback. A couple of injuries could pose a serious problem for this group. Let's hope for a healthy and effective secondary, but if health becomes an issue it could be problematic for the defense for this season.
Here's the story on the two players who decided to end their CU football careers this week in the aforementioned Baham, and OLB Tyler Hennington who is retiring for medical reasons. Best of luck to both of these young men as they move forward in their lives.
As it stands now, the Buffs have a host of experienced returnees on the offensive line. The group includes no less than seven players with at least five career starts under their belt, including three — Gerrad Kough, Alex Kelley and Jeromy Irwin — with at least a dozen to their credit.
"My grandpa has always just been very encouraging," Derek McCartney said. "He's always tells me things that I should strive for. That's just the coolest thing — my grandpa is always there regardless of how he's doing, and honestly he's doing great. He's still the same old Bill McCartney. He just motivates me with everything he says to me even still."
Neil Woelk provides a look at a couple of position battles for the Buffs heading into fall practices.
Defensive lineman, Samson Kafovalu, resolved his legal case and has been reinstated just in time for fall camp.
Pat Rooney provides insight on former Buff, Jenny Simpson, as she prepares for her 3rd Olympic games.
Josh Tupou was suspended for the entirety of last year, and is looking forward to his senior year in a Buffs uniform.