Trey Udoffia
Trey Udoffia (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

There's an old adage that if defensive backs could catch the ball, they'd be receivers.

"Not anymore," Colorado safeties coach Joe Tumpkin said. "I don't want a DB that can't catch. That defeats the purpose.

"That's one of the things (cornerbacks coach Charles) Clark and I are looking at with (head coach Mike MacIntyre): we want to get guys that have ball skills. I like to look at guys that are playing multiple positions that handle the ball."

That's one reason why the multi-talented Trey Udoffia is joining the CU football team as a true freshman this fall.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback from Del Oro High School in Loomis, Calif., Udoffia has the skills that just might earn him some playing time this fall.

"I think I have a really good chance of playing early, especially because the depth chart, there's not a lot of corners and injuries happen," he said. "I hope (injuries) don't happen ... but I can easily see myself competing in that spot."

CU has exceptional talent at cornerback, with seniors Chidobe Awuzie and Ahkello Witherspoon as returning starters and sophomores Isaiah Oliver and Nick Fisher eager to compete for starting roles.

With just four scholarship corners, there's a decent chance that at least one of CU's trio of freshmen corners — Udoffia, Ca'Ron Baham and Ronnie Blackmon — will play this season.

Udoffia has every intention of being on the field this fall.


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"I'm excited to be a part of (the competition)," he said. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be very competitive. I hope everyone helps each other out and we can bond a lot because I think that's key to the success."

Udoffia was a big reason Del Oro rebounded from a 2-6 start last season to finish 10-6 and win the CIF Division 2-AA championship.

In addition to starring at corner, where he had four interceptions, Udoffia caught 37 passes for 729 yards and eight touchdowns, and ran for two other touchdowns.

He is now ready to focus on one position and has spent the past few months getting ready for the task ahead of him.

Udoffia, who also started at point guard for the Del Oro basketball team, has added 10 pounds of muscle. He's also been watching a lot of highlights of Arizona Cardinals star Tyrann Mathieu.

"Just to get my mindset right — that hitting mindset," Udoffia said.

This week, Udoffia and CU's other freshmen began summer school and team workouts. He's not exactly eager to be in summer school, but said, "It's just school and I've been doing it for a long time."

The next few weeks are about adjusting to college life and a new city. But, once he gets through the adjustment period, Udoffia will behind his quest to make an early impact on the Buffs.

"I think I'm ready," he said.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.