The Colorado Buffaloes will be without tight end Jared Poplawski this season. According to Adam Munsterteiger of 247Sports, Poplawski will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
#CUBuffs tight end Jared Poplawski is going in for shoulder surgery and will miss the 2018 season. He has a redshirt available so he will be a redshirt sophomore next year.— Adam Munsterteiger (@adamcm777) August 21, 2018
As noted in Adam’s tweet, Poplawski won’t lose any years of eligibility. Sadly for the young tight end, his freshman season ended prematurely when he suffered a torn ACL against USC on Nov. 11, 2017. He didn’t record any catches or was involved in any significant plays in the 9 games he played, but he showed promise in an offense that didn’t ask much of its tight ends. In training camps, he looked fully recovered and ready for bigger things in 2018.
Poplawski was due for a larger role in the offense as the second tight end, but now JuCo transfer Darrion Jones will likely play in his stead. Also watch out for Brady Russell, a former walk-on from Fossil Ridge who opened eyes in the early practices.