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Buff Bites: Depth at Corner is Getting Thin

With loss of Baham, Buffs only a couple of injuries away from a conundrum

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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.

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