Behind starter Brady Russell, CU Buffs tasked with brining along young tight ends

Head coach Karl Dorrell represented the Colorado Buffaloes at the Front Range Huddle on Wednesday and talked with the media about his football team. I took the opportunity to ask him about his tight end group.

As I’ve noted in previous posts, I’m really high on CU’s tight ends. They are a young, talented bunch and each player brings a unique set of skills to the table.

The group is led by senior Brady Russell, but a really young group waits behind him. So, I asked Dorrell how he plans on keeping the younger tight ends ready to play if need be.

“That’s a challenge because they have to accelerate their learning, whether they’re ready or not,” Dorrell said. “But we do feel the guys, the freshmen that are here, there’s only one that’s a true freshman that came back. Caleb Fauria is healthy now and he’s been here for a while. He’s technically a freshman (and) he should be okay. Eric Olsen’s the one that hasn’t had much time. He’s been on some special teams, but he’s made a lot of progres.”

There was one other name that has started to get some attention and that is redshirt freshman Austin Smith. Dorrell expanded on how Smith could become a dynamic weapon for CU

“He’s (Smith) the one guy to me that I think has a unique skill set in terms of he can really be a dominant player,” Dorrell said. “He just can’t see that in himself yet. He’s the one in all of the three, he’s probably the youngest in terms of maturity.”

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