CU quarterbacks

A projected list of quarterbacks for the 2016 Buffaloes:

Sefo Liufau, Sr., 6-4, 240

Jordan Gehrke, Sr., 6-1, 200

T.J. Patterson, Jr., 6-3, 180*

Cade Apsay, So., 6-1, 195

Sheriron Jones, R-So., 6-3, 220#

Steven Montez, R-Fr., 6-5, 220

Sam Noyer, T-Fr., 6-3, 205

* Patterson is a walk-on; # Jones is a transfer from Tennessee and must sit out the 2016 season.

CU football recruiting

A look at Colorado's football recruiting class for 2016, as of Monday:


WR — Kabion Ento, 6-3, 180 (Decatur, Miss./East Central C.C.)

Verbal commits

ATH — Ronnie Blackmon, 5-10, 174 (Atlanta)

WR — Johnny Huntley, 6-3, 190 (Plantation, Fla.)

LB — Akil Jones, 6-1, 213 (San Jose, Calif.)

ATH — Anthony Julmisse, 6-0, 180 (Plantation, Fla.)

OL — Chance Lytle, 6-7, 291 (San Antonio)

QB — Sam Noyer, 6-3, 193 (Beaverton, Ore.)

WR — Derrion Rakestraw, 6-3, 175 (Woodstock, Ga.)

OL — Terriek Roberts, 6-6, 255 (Denver)

ATH — Patrick Taylor Jr., 6-3, 211 (Humble, Tex.)

ATH — Trey Udoffia, 6-0, 175 (Loomis, Calif.)

OL — Hunter Vaughn, 6-8, 260 (Parker)

When Sam Noyer arrives in Boulder this summer, he will find the Colorado quarterback room to be a busy place.


CU could have as many as seven other quarterbacks on the roster by then. Noyer will be the new guy in town and the youngest, but he's not going to let any of that bother him.

"I'm going to go in there and compete for the job from the start," Noyer said. "Every single day, whether I'm on scout team, whether I'm on the first team, it doesn't matter. I'm just going to work my hardest and do whatever I can to help the team."

A 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Beaverton (Ore.) High School, Noyer is planning to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 3.

Despite living near Pac-12 rivals Oregon and Oregon State, and drawing attention from several schools in the West, Noyer gave a verbal commitment to CU in early June and he hasn't wavered.

"When I got the offer from Colorado and I went out on my unofficial visit, it was just a different feel," he said. "I got to experience quite a few schools and Pac-12 schools and what they have to offer. I just felt that Colorado was a better fit and it felt right from the moment I stepped on campus."

Recruited mainly by co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, Noyer said he has developed a strong relationship with his future coach. Lindgren also coaches CU's quarterbacks, so the two will work closely together.

"I love coach Lindgren," said Noyer, who will receive another home visit from Lindgren this week. "Our relationship has been phenomenal and it's definitely growing. I'm excited to work under him and learn from him."

Noyer, who took his official visit to CU on Dec. 4, has also had a chance to meet current Buffs quarterbacks Sefo Liufau, Jordan Gehrke, Cade Apsay and Steven Montez.

"I've met everybody," he said. "I got to sit in an offensive quarterback meeting. I liked every single one of those guys. I'm excited to be with them every day and work with them."

Noyer will come to CU looking to improve upon an already impressive set of skills.

He said he is "mainly a pocket passer," but when watching his highlight reel, it is clear Noyer has the athletic ability to make plays with his feet when needed.

Operating mostly from the shotgun or pistol formation at Beaverton, Noyer appears most comfortable in the pocket, but he makes accurate passes on the run, too. He's also had success running the read option.

Noyer's physical skills are evident on video, but he considers his football IQ and film-study skills to be among his main strengths.

Being at CU will allow him to use, and polish, all of his talents.

"I'm just trying to get better," he said. "I think that everything I do, I'm just going to try to get better, from the small things to the big things."

If Noyer can succeed in getting better, he could put himself in a position to start one day, despite the increasing level of competition at CU.

"I'm definitely going to compete for the job and it's not going to be an easy thing," he said. "If I win the job, I win the job. If I don't, I don't."

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.