Well, after three years of backing up Steven Montez (including one year at safety), Sam Noyer has finally earned a starting spot at quarterback. Karl Dorrell made the announcement after practice that Noyer edged out Tyler Lytle to earn snaps when the Colorado Buffaloes play the UCLA Bruins on November 7th.
Sam Noyer was a graduate transfer this offseason, and in a prophetic move, Karl Dorrell convinced him to come back and compete for the starting job. The two other quarterbacks, Tyler Lytle and Brendon Lewis, competed all camp, with all three rotating into first string snaps. However, Noyer does not have a stranglehold on the job:
Karl Dorrell said Sam Noyer has been a little bit better operationally than Tyler Lytle, but said the competition has been very, very close and the #cubuffs want to give both of them some playing time. How much has not been determined.— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) October 30, 2020
2020 is basically a free season for any coach, let alone a brand new coach. I would expect Dorrell to take advantage of that and rotate everyone in pretty heavily. Noyer is experienced with Coach Chiaverini and knows Danny Langsdorf well, so he is a pretty natural fit for this offense. However, questions remain about his skill, because he has only thrown about 40 college passes and was close to transferring out.
On to UCLA!