Five CU buffs to check out this spring

The countdown is almost complete as the 2023 CU Buffs begin spring football practice on Sunday.

Both players and coaches, there are many new faces in Boulder this spring who are eager to take Colorado back to its glory days. Those additions include head coach Deion Sanders, former top recruit Travis Hunter, new Buffs quarterback Shedeur Sanders, and a number of talented newcomers.

This spring is of course an important one for a program in the midst of an unprecedented transition led by Coach Prime.

Below are five players – all new buffs – who I think will have a big spring season:

OLB Jeremiah Brown

Jackson State linebacker Jeremiah Brown (42) gets ready to defeat Grambling running back Maurice Washington (28) during an NCAA college football game against Jackson, Mississippi, Saturday, September 17, 2022.

Linebackers coach Andre’ Hart said Brown can and will play in multiple positions “Make noise on Saturdays.” Brown recorded 46 total tackles, six sacks and 10 TFLs at Jackson State last season.

RB Dylan Edwards

Dylan Edwards will likely need to turn some heads this spring and summer to work his way up the depth chart. The talent – his speed in particular – is there and it should be entertaining to watch the new rookie compete.

DL Leonard Payne Jr.

10/29/2022; Fresno, California, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs defensive tackle Leonard Payne Jr. (55) celebrates alongside defensive back Morice Norris (43) after catching a fumble against the San Diego State Aztecs in the second quarter at Valley Children’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado’s D-line was one of the worst in college football last year, but it’s getting a huge boost with the transfer of Fresno State’s Leonard Payne Jr., who could be an anchor. Payne, like several other new buffs, is making the leap into Power Five football, and this spring should be a key period of adjustment.

S Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig

9/4/2022; Miami, FL, USA; Jackson State Tigers safety Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig (7) sacks Florida A&M Rattlers quarterback Jeremy Moussa (8) during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Story-USA TODAY Sports

Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig, one of Jackson State’s better high school defensemen last season, is back with Coach Prime and is expected to produce in Boulder.

OT Savion Washington

Out of everything we heard from offensive line coach Bill O’Boyle about Savion Washington, the Kent State transfer should be a force on the line of scrimmage next season. But here, too, everything begins with a productive spring.

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