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Linebacker Dante Sparaco to transfer from Colorado

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The true freshman linebacker played seven games for the Buffaloes last season.

NCAA Football: Colorado State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Dante Sparaco has informed the program of his intentions to transfer, per a statement Monday from coach Mike MacIntyre.

”Dante is a fine young man and we wish him well with his future endeavors,” MacIntyre said.

According to CU, MacIntyre was made aware of Sparaco’s decision after consulting with his family over spring break.

Sparaco, a product of Cherry Creek HS (Englewood, CO) by way of Bradenton, Florida’s IMG Academy, played in seven games as a true freshman in 2017. During his time at outside linebacker, he tallied 32 snaps along with four tackles. Sparaco had a solid offseason camp at spring practices which ended on March 23, and was a projected starter for the Buffaloes going into next season.

An original recruit of offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini, he received offers from multiple Ivy League schools and other regional schools (AFA, Colorado State) before committing to Colorado in early 2016.

Sparaco became the third known CU freshman since 1984 to record a sack in their first game vs. CSU (joining Addison Gillam in 2013 and classmate Jacob Callier in 2017).