Anyone watching the Colorado Buffaloes last year identified a need for instant-impact linebackers. Anyone who watched the Alamo, where the defense played sans Nate Landman, saw that any linebacker worth his salt would find playing time here. Now, with a new linebackers coach and a pissed off Karl Dorrell, the Buffs found one of the best possible additions in Jack Lamb.
At Notre Dame, he redshirted as a freshman in 2018 before being tabbed to step up into a bigger role in 2019. However, his redshirt freshman year ended with a gnarly hip injury 8 games in, after some spot duty on defense. Lamb played some mop-up duty for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2020 on their way to a CFP berth, but he never saw the field as much as he would’ve liked. That ended with him graduate transferring to Colorado, where he will likely see the field soon. Because of some more 2020 quirks, he also has three years left of eligibility.
Lamb is a classic middle linebacker that runs downhill and makes plays. He is comfortable in pass defense, and he will be more mobile as he continues to recover from that hip injury. His massive frame, at 6’4 and 230 pounds, helps him stand up against the run and creates an imposing presence in the middle of the field. It remains to be seen what Chris Wilson’s defense looks like, but if he incorporates more 4-3 concepts, Lamb fits as the middle linebacker in the middle of that machine.