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Karl Dorrell weighs in on Colorado’s offseason during Pac-12 schedule release

The Buffs coach is excited for the 2021 season

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Karl Dorrell has a lot to be positive about during the offseason. The second-year Colorado Buffaloes head coach joined XM/Sirius and the Pac-12 Network’s coverage of the football schedule release Tuesday to talk about the progression with the program and his thoughts thus far.

“I’m excited,” Dorrell said on Tuesday. “I’m excited that we’re getting a normal schedule, a 12-game slate that’s telling us that this year we’re shooting for normalcy. We’re planning that way.”

Two important things Dorrell noted to Yogi Roth and Guy Haberman was that linebacker Nate Landman is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from an Achilles injury he suffered during the season finale vs. Utah.

The leader of the Buffs defense returns to Boulder as a fifth-year senior, taking advantage of the NCAA granting all players an extra year of eligibility because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Landman moved to tenth all-time on CU’s career list for tackles with 338. He’s 12th for career tackles for loss with 35, and third on the list for career third-down stops with 46.

Dorrell also said starting quarterback Sam Noyer has been sidelined with a shoulder injury he suffered at the end of last season. He expects freshman backup QB Brendon Lewis to make an impact in Spring Ball for the Buffs.

The former four-star dual-threat passer from Melissa, Texas made his debut in last year’s Alamo Bowl vs. Texas, completing 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards in a backup effort. He’s expected to compete with Tennessee transfer J.T. Shrout with Noyer out.

One of the biggest changes for the Buffaloes came with Chris Wilson taking over as defensive coordinator. The longtime NFL/Power 5 defensive assistant has a consistent track record of improvement over the past 20 years. He replaces Tyson Summers who assumed DC responsibilities the past two seasons as a hold over from Mel Tucker’s staff.

Dorrell said Wilson will make changes to CU’s defense that will be “a lot more player friendly.”

Colorado opens the 2021 football season vs. Northern Colorado on Friday, Sept. 3 at Folsom Field. The second meeting in four years between the schools separated by 65 miles. CU beat UNC by a 20-point margin, 41-21, to mark their last meeting that came in 2017.