CU Buffs quarterback battle far from over

Colorado’s quarterback battle was never going to be settled during spring football practice.

With incumbent starter Sam Noyer out for the spring following offseason shoulder surgery, the competition will be settled in the fall.

What became clear during spring, however, is that it will be a three-man battle when the Buffs return to the practice field in August. Expected to be healthy this summer, Noyer will join returning freshman Brendon Lewis and sophomore JT Shrout, a transfer from Tennessee, in fighting for the job.

“It’s a great problem to have,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said Friday after the Buffs completed spring practices with a scrimmage at Folsom Field. “I’d rather have three or four guys that are really close in level of play, really battling it out because I know that’s going to extend them to be as good as they can be in terms of their performance under that type of pressure.”

After starting all six games and earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors from league coaches last season, Noyer will have every opportunity to keep his starting job.

BOULDER, CO – December 12, 2020: Colorado’s Sam Noyer throws over Utah’s Mika Tafua, left, and Maxs Tupai in the first half. The Colorado Buffaloes and the Utah Utes play at Folsom Field in Boulder on December 12, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

“Arm feels good, body feels good and I’m just itching to get back out there,” Noyer said this week. “As a competitor, it’s never easy watching guys compete for a job when you don’t really have the opportunity to. I’m just itching to get back out there and I’ll be full-go here pretty soon and get to start throwing with the guys. Then we’ll go from there and kind of go into fall camp.”

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A first-year starter in 2020 after competing with Tyler Lytle – who transferred to Massachusetts in January – Noyer enters his sixth season at CU with perhaps a more difficult battle in front of him.

Lewis and Shrout, who arrived in January as a transfer, competed over the past month, splitting reps with the first-team offense, and both played well in the spring showcase on Friday. True freshman Drew Carter may not be ready to start this year, but CU likes his talent, as well.

“We feel like that stable has changed drastically from what it was when I first got here last year,” Dorrell said. “Now, you can see how good B-Lew was playing. B-Lew looks more comfortable in the pocket. He’s making some really good, positive plays. You can tell that his growth is really on the upswing.

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