Well, let’s not beat around the bush. This article is about the new look Colorado Buffaloes picking up a grad transfer at a critical position on the offensive line. This transfer is tackle Arlington Hambright. I’m not burying the lede because I want to write the name Arlington Hambright as much as possible. It is amazing to me that a name like Arlington Hambright can at once evoke images of a great British lord and a merger of two meat packing companies. It’s truly a marvelous name. The player is pretty good, too!
Hambright is transferring from Oklahoma State, where he started five games last year before going down with an injury. He played two years at Garden City Community College (a Kansas JuCo powerhouse) out of high school and redshirted for the Cowboys in 2017. The Cowboys brought in plenty of bodies on the OL the past two cycles, and I would assume that Hambright looked for a friendlier depth chart to ensure playing time. Enter Colorado!
The Buffs struggled on the offensive line in 2018. A combination of youth and depth issues led to players out of position and overmatched against some teams. Throughout the year, young guns like Colby Pursell at center and Will Sherman at LT established their competence and provide hope for next year. A new line coach, especially a proven one like Chris Kapilovic, also provides some optimism for 2019. Now, with a 5th year senior like Arlington Hambright stepping in, presumably at LT, it reshuffles the deck and puts everyone at their more natural spot. If Hambright can seize the LT spot, that means Sherman can shift to LG or RT (where he was projected out of high school) and a player like Jake Moretti can move to where he fits best. Arlington Hambright joins Jaunta’vious Johnson (who will hopefully rejoin the team in the summer) as grad transfers Mel Tucker has brought in along the lines.