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Colorado Buffaloes lineman Valentin Senn enters transfer portal

Senn was in competitive for a starting tackle position.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Stanford D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes offensive tackle Valentin Senn has entered the transfer portal, the sophomore announced Wednesday.

Senn came to the Buffs as a physically gifted but raw prospect from Volders, Austria. He was rated as a three-star prospect by recruiting services and the No. 2 prospect from Europe in the class of 2019.

After redshirting in 2019, Senn did not play in 2020. There was a chance he would compete for a starting job, or perhaps play off the bench, but it now seems he will be transferring to place where he has a better chance to see the field.

The Buffs are very thin on the offensive line right now, particularly after Senn and Nikko Pohahau announced their intentions to transfer. They did not hold a real Spring Game because they only had six healthy players on the OL. Many of those guys will be healthy by the Fall, starters Frank Fillip and Casey Roddick, as well as cult hero Chance Lytle. They still need more options, both with starting caliber talent and overall depth.

Senn’s departure signals something we have been expecting, which is another transfer coming in to the Colorado program. The Buffs already added Iowa transfer Noah Fenske, a redshirt freshman, but they have been in the market for someone who can readily start at either left or right tackle (Fillip would start at the opposite end).