For the first time since 2013 the Colorado Buffaloes are going to have competition at QB. There are three players that are in the running. Sam Noyer, Tyler Lytle, and Brendon Lewis. We break down each player to see who might be best for the position.
Sam Noyer- Senior
Sam Noyer is 6-4, 220 pounds and played safety in 2019. He played QB before he got moved to safety last year. In his career Noyer went 21-for-41 for 179 yards in his career which gives him the most experience. Noyer threatened to transfer after not getting much playing time, but Dorrell and Chiaverini offered him a chance to return to quarterback. BuffZone says with his size and athleticism, he could be used as a flex somehow at the QB position.
Tyler Lytle- Junior
Tyler Lytle is 6-5, 220 went 0-for-1; 1 rush, minus-1 yard last year. Lytle is in the front running for the position. He was Montez’s back up last year and been with the program for four years. Asking about taking over the offense Lytle commented with, “As a backup quarterback, you do speak up to say things, but it’s more of a lead by example case of leadership,” he said. “Now I could have people looking to me, expecting me to say things and that’s something I’m completely comfortable with and I’ve been looking forward to – actually kind of taking the reins.” Lytle will have a third head coach and have a fourth QB’s coach.
Brendon Lewis- True Freshmen
Coming into his first college year Brendon Lewis is also a runner for the starting job. Lewis is 6-3, 210 and a duel threat QB from Melissa (Tex.) High School. Lewis threw for 8,922 yards and ran for 3,240 during his high school career. He is starting to learn a second playbook after the coaching change in February. Lewis has a lot of raw talent and even if he doesn’t win the starting job this season he has a bright future and buff fans should be excited.
Darrin Chiaverini has a good talent for his quarterbacks. He commented, “I think the quarterbacks that we have on scholarship are really talented,” he said in March. “It’s going to be an open competition.” The Buffaloes have some options if they want to redshirt Lewis and use both Lytle and Noyer. They could use Noyer more on read options, and Lytle could be more pocket passer. It will be interesting to see how this plays out this year.
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