Where former Buffs who entered the transfer portal landed
The Colorado Buffaloes have undergone massive change since Deion Sanders was hired as the head coach. The roster turnover was much-needed after a 1-11 season a year ago, and the transfer portal exploded with former Buffs players.
After the spring game, even more players entered, and Coach Prime worked tirelessly to bring in talent.
Adam Munsterteiger of BuffStampede revealed the former Buffs who have found homes already, and many more should find new programs soon, including wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig. Here’s a rundown of where the former Buffs have landed, and this list will continue to grow over the next few weeks:
COLE BECKER: UTAH
Place-kicker Cole Becker #36 of the Colorado Buffaloes celebrates after a second quarter field goal against the California Golden Bears at Folsom Field on Oct. 15, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
Place-kicker Cole Becker moved to another Pac-12 program.
ZACH COURTNEY: COASTAL CAROLINA
Oct. 1, 2022; Conway, South Carolina; Coastal Carolina Chanticleers head coach Jamey Chadwell during a game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Brooks Stadium. David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
Tight end Zach Courtney headed to Coastal Carolina to play for Jamey Chadwell.
NOAH FENSKE: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Jordyn Tyson #4 of the Colorado Buffaloes celebrates with offensive lineman Noah Fenske #53 after a second quarter touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Folsom Field on Oct. 29, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
Noah Fenske transferred from Iowa to Colorado and is headed to SIU.
AUSTIN JOHNSON: CHARLOTTE
Oct. 29, 2022; Boulder, Colorado; Colorado Buffaloes offensive lineman Austin Johnson (64) lines up across from the Arizona State Sun Devils in the third quarter at Folsom Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
OL Austin Johnson is headed to Charlotte after four years with the Buffs.
JANAZ JORDAN: TOWSON
Colorado defensive tackle Janaz Jordan (94) pursues San Diego State running back Kaegun Williams (26) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado won 20-10. AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Janaz Jordan, who entered the portal early last season, committed to Towson.
MADDOX KOPP: MIAMI (Ohio)
Nov. 26, 2022; Boulder, Colorado; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Maddox Kopp (14) prepares to pass in the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Folsom Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffs’ QB room looks completely different, and Maddox Kopp transferred once again, this time going to Miami (Ohio).
BRENDON LEWIS: NEVADA
Colorado quarterback Brendon Lewis warms up before an NCAA college football game against TCU, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in Boulder, Colorado. AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Brendon Lewis was the starting QB last season to begin the year, and he heads to Nevada.
OWEN MCCOWN: UTSA
Oct. 1, 2022; Tucson, Arizona; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Owen Mccown (7) scrambles against the Arizona Wildcats defense in the first half at Arizona Stadium. Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports
Another Buffs QB who left is Owen McCown, and he wound up at UTSA.
CASEY RODDICK: FLORIDA STATE
Colorado players lead by Casey Roddick (70) charge out onto the field before their NCAA college football game with Arizona State on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Tempe, Arizona. AP Photo/Darryl Webb
Lineman Casey Roddick left Boulder and ended up at Florida State on another talented team.
CHASE PENRY: BOISE STATE
Colorado wide receiver Chase Penry (3) in the first half during an NCAA football game against Arizona State on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Tempe, Arizona. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
The Buffs’ WR room also took a big hit, and Chase Penry left Colorado to go to Boise State.
JT SHROUT: ARKANSAS STATE
JT Shrout #5 of the Colorado Buffaloes throws against the USC Trojans in the first half at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
QB JT Shrout transferred from Tennessee to Colorado and then left and ended up at Arkansas State.
KAYLIN MOORE: CALIFORNIA
Running back Jaydn Ott #6 of the California Golden Bears carries the ball and is tackled by cornerback Kaylin Moore #0 of the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on Oct. 15, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
CB Kaylin Moore left and joined another Pac-12 school.
AUSTIN SMITH: MEMPHIS
Colorado Buffaloes tight end Austin Smith (82) reaches with the ball for a touchdown against Minnesota during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 49-7. AP Photo/Stacy Bengs
The Buffs’ tight end room has also suffered a lot of hits, and Austin Smith left for Memphis.
OAKIE SALAVE'A: HAWAII
Linebacker Lance Williams #17 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors leads the team in the Haka dance prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on Sept. 20, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The Buffaloes defeated the Warriors 21-12. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Safety Oakie Salave’a left Colorado and went to Hawaii.
JAKE WILEY: UCLA
Brandon Lewis #12 of the Colorado Buffaloes is helped back to the huddle by teammates Alex Fontenot #8 and Jake Wiley #60 during their game against the Utah Utes Nov. 26, 2021 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chris Gardner/Getty Images
OL Jake Wiley left Colorado and is playing for Pac-12 foe UCLA.
SIMEON HARRIS: UTAH STATE
Sept. 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Simeon Harris (15) during warm ups against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium. Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports
CB Simeon Harris was one of the more recent players to find a new home.
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