2021 Starts with Big Colorado Buffaloes Transfers

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In 2021 there are already seven Colorado Buffaloes transfers. On the bright side, CU is also getting two veterans as well. Where is everyone going, and who are going to be the new guys on campus this fall?

2021 Colorado Buffaloes Transfers: Offense

QB J.T. Shrout– Tennessee to Colorado

J.T. Shrout joins the Colorado Buffaloes transfers out of Tennessee. Shrout will be a Junior this fall. Shrout had played two years at Tennessee and played in 8 games. He is 37/69 with 494 yards and five touchdowns, and three interceptions. This year, his biggest game was against Florida, when he went 12/14 with 121 yards and a touchdown. It is good to have Shrout come in and give some competition to the QB position.

QB Tyler Lytle– Colorado to UMass

Tyler Lytle will be a senior and was in the talk for the starting job for the Buffs this 2020 season. Lytle didn’t play much with his four years with the Buffs, getting to play only eight games. In those eight games, he 8/13 with 68 yards with 0 touchdowns and one interception. One of the reasons Lytle might have entered the transfer portal was because of a transfer QB coming into CU.

Having another quarterback that is younger and has more experience might have been the last straw for Lytle. He lost the starting job to Sam Noyer, one of Colorado Buffaloes transfers last year.

RB Jaren Mangham– Colorado to Unknown

Jaren Mangham has played in 15 games in two years with the Buffaloes. He had 130 attempts in those two years, 476 yards, 5.1 yards per carrying, and five total touchdowns. Jaren Mangham looked promising this year. He came for Jarek Broussard when he needed a breather. With Broussard and Mangham, both sophomores next year, the Buffs looked like they had a good one-two punch in the backfield. 

WR K.D. Nixon– Colorado to Unknown

K.D. was one of Colorado’s best wideouts in 2019. Nixon even thought about going to the NFL after that season. Instead, he returned for his senior season, which wasn’t his best season. In his four seasons, Nixon had 104 receptions with 1,250 yards and seven touchdowns. His best season was in 2018 when he caught 52 receptions with 636 yards with four touchdowns. With La’Vontae ShenaultBrenden Rice, and Dimitri Stanley coming up, there is a lot to look forward to this wide receiver group. 

2021 Colorado Buffaloes Transfers: Defense

DE Jason Harris- Colorado to Arizona

Harris was a 4 star DE that committed to Colorado in 2020. He is 6-7 220lbs and grew up in Gilbert, AZ. This is a shock for first-year students to transfer after a year. After looking at Harris and his family, it makes sense. His brother is a linebacker at Arizona University, while his father and mother in the state as well. His father was a seven-year linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, while his mother played basketball for the University of Arizona. It seems like Harris just wants to go back to his home state and attend his mother’s and brother’s alma mater. 

LB Akil Jones- Colorado to Unkown

Akil Jones is another experienced player that the Buffs will lose this fall. Jones has played for the Buffs for four years and finished with 83 tackles, with 52 of them being solo and two forced fumbles. Jones’ biggest year was in 2019 when he finished the season with 50 tackles, 33 of them solo, and one pass deflected. It is bought for Colorado to lose another veteran, but it opens an opportunity for younger Buffs to step up.

LB Robert Barnes– Oklahoma to Colorado

Colorado is getting an experienced linebacker out of the Big 12. Barnes is a four-year player out of Oklahoma and will start immediately for the Buffs. He had a total of 77 tackles, with 48 of them being solo. He also had 1 forced fumble and two interceptions. His best year was in 2018 when he had 54 tackles with two pass deflections, a forced fumble, and an interception. Barnes will do a fantastic job of replacing the experienced Jones.


S William Anglen- Colorado to Unknown

William Anglen is another 2020 commit that is heading out of CU. Anglen was a 3-star prospect out of Cleveland, OH. He is a 6-2 190lb safety. Other offers that Anglen got out of high school were Alabama, Ball State, Bowling Green, and Cincinnati.

CB Derrion Rakestraw– Colorado to Unkown

The Defense is getting hit hard on transfers. Rakestraw is another veteran that played for the buffs for four years. He has had a total of 109 tackles, with 84 of them being solo. He also had four interceptions with two forced fumbles. Rakestraw’s best year was in 2019 when he had 43 tackles and three interceptions. It will be hard without some of the veterans on the defense, but with some transfers and young players, the Buffs should still have a solid group.


Bright 2021 for the Buffaloes

The Colorado Buffaloes surprised everyone in 2020. Even with the Colorado Buffaloes transfers, with new transfers coming in and hopefully another strong recruiting class, this team can go back to the glory days of the ’90s. It seems like Karl Dorrell is doing an amazing job, and this team is heading in the right direction.

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