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Colorado Buffaloes most important players: #15 Trey Udoffia

Udoffia will likely return as a starting cornerback.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

If competition does in fact breed success, then Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Trey Udoffia could have one hell of a 2018 campaign. Based on the Buffaloes pre-fall depth chart, the redshirt sophomore is projected to start alongside Chris Miller at cornerback but will have some stiff competition from junior college transfer Delrick Abrams Jr. in camp.

As a redshirt-freshman last season, Udoffia gained valuable experience starting alongside Isaiah Oliver — a second round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in April — for the Buffaloes first five games. In a penalty-filled season opener against Colorado State, Udoffia registered five tackles, two passes defended and his first career interception. And yes, CSU receivers were pushing off the entire game.

After suffering an injury in game five against UCLA, the 6’0”, 185-pound corner was replaced by Dante Wigley on the Buffaloes depth chart for the Arizona and Oregon State games. Udoffia eventually regained his starting spot and finished the 2017 campaign with 33 total tackles, seven third-down stops and 10 pass breakups, second only behind Oliver. Having played in nine of 12 games in 2017, Udoffia will be one of the most experienced cornerbacks in the Buffaloes secondary this season. With fall camp just underway, the veteran has already shown improvement per this tweet by publisher Adam Munsterteiger.

Despite his experience, Udoffia knows there are talented players behind him on the depth chart nipping at his heels. And he welcomes that competition. “Everyone wants to see each other succeed,” Udoffia told of the Buffaloes secondary. “That type of thing is going to push each other even more.”