The NCAA transfer portal can either be a friend or a foe for college football programs.
Unfortunately, the portal has been a definite enemy of the Colorado Buffaloes over the past year-plus. Stars such as Brenden Rice, Jarek Broussard, Mekhi Blackmon, Christian Gonzalez and Mark Perry left Boulder last offseason, and a number of key starters have done the same following CU’s one-win 2022 campaign. The transfer portal, which has two open windows this offseason (Dec. 5 to Jan. 18 and from May 1-15), can still be a useful tool for a Buffs program looking to rebuild, though.
It’s also worth mentioning that once a player enters the portal, he can still return to his original program.
Here’s a helpful tracker of Colorado’s additions and subtractions via the transfer portal this offseason:
Colorado offensive lineman Casey Roddick (70) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Colorado safety Isaiah Lewis, left, tackles UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson after a long gain in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Owen McCown #7 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins in the second quarter of the game at Folsom Field on September 24, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Sep 21, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Maurice Bell (13) attempts a catch over Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (21) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Chase Penry (3) pulls in a reception past TCU Horned Frogs safety Mark Perry (3) in the second quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
I have entered my name into the NCAA transfer portal with two years of eligibility.
— Noah Fenske (@NFenske53) December 5, 2022
Oct 2, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes long snapper Derek Bedell (87) reacts to a score in the second quarter against the USC Trojans at Folsom Field.
BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 15: 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 October 15, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Nov 26, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Jack Hestera (25) and and Utah Utes safety Sione Vaki (28) and defensive end Tyler Wegis (12) battle for controls the of ball in the second half at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes offensive lineman Austin Johnson (64) lines up across from the Arizona State Sun Devils in the third quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Maddox Kopp (14) prepares to pass in the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Taijh Alston (12) during warmups prior to their game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Clemson safety Tyler Venables (12) and linebacker LaVonta Bentley (42) tackles NC State receiver Devin Carter (88) during the first quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.
Committed! 🦬 pic.twitter.com/mVzU7Ky2Ru
— Savion Washington (@SavionWash) December 19, 2022
The Epilogue 📖 pic.twitter.com/kxU8kvurxg
— Shane Cokes (@ShaneCokes) December 20, 2022
Missouri State offensive lineman Landon Bebee on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders gets talks to quarterback Shedeur Sanders as they prepare for JSU’s scrimmage game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.
Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders is lifted in celebration by linebacker Tyler Brown (56) during the second half after Sanders scored one of six touchdowns against Grambling during an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. JSU won 66-24.
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Jackson State WR Travis Hunter (12) is seen during their homecoming NCAA college football game against Campbell in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, October 22, 2022.
Dec 27, 2021; Detroit, MI, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Nate Cox (16) is sacked by Western Michigan Broncos defensive lineman Marshawn Kneeland (94) and defensive lineman Ralph Holley (8) in the first half during the 2021 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina Central Eagles running back J’mari Taylor (36) straight arms Jackson State Tigers safety Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig (7) during the second half during the Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; South Florida Bulls wide receiver Jimmy Horn Jr. (5) runs with the ball against the UCF Knights during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves tight end Seydou Traore (18) runs after catch for a touchdown during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Louisville’s Mark Vassett warms up during an open practice Wednesday. March 23, 2022
Sep 4, 2022; Miami, Florida, US; Jackson State Tigers place kicker Alejandro Mata (43) kicks a field goal against the Florida A&M Rattlers during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
Jackson State linebacker Jeremiah Brown (42) gets ready to take down Grambling running back Maurice Washington (28) during an NCAA college football game against in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
Oct 29, 2022; Fresno, California, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs defensive tackle Leonard Payne Jr. (55) celebrates next to defensive back Morice Norris (43) after recovering a fumble against the San Diego State Aztecs in the second quarter at Valley Children’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Jackson State linebacker Aubrey Miller Jr. (45) celebrates with Khalil Arrington (52), Tayvion Beasley (28) and Kevin May (27) after recovering a fumble for a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Blossom Classic NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Jackson State won 59-3. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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