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

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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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