As a junior college transfer a year ago, Delrick Abrams Jr., knew that his time with the Colorado football team would be relatively short.
Abrams didn’t expect his two-year run with the Buffaloes to be filled with so much change, but like his teammates, he is embracing it and eager to prove himself all over again.
Last season, the former Independence (Kan.) Community College star had a solid campaign for the Buffaloes, and he comes into his senior year ready to compete for a starting job at cornerback once again.
“I’ve seen a lot more people are trying to compete this year than last year,” he said last week after the Buffs’ third practice of spring. “D-line, offensive line are competing way better; the receivers, DBs — everybody is trying to compete for a job. It’s a lot better.”
Abrams played in 10 games, with eight starts, and finished with 44 tackles and a team-high eight pass breakups last season. As a unit, the cornerbacks struggled, but Abrams was arguably the most consistent player in the group.
It’s a clean slate for Abrams and his teammates, though, with new head coach Mel Tucker and his staff, which includes defensive coordinator Tyson Summers and cornerbacks coach Travares Tillman.
So far, Abrams is enjoying working with his new coaches.
“I love it,” he said. “(The coaches) are competitive. They want to win and I want to win. I just love to compete and they want everybody to compete.
“I have to start all the way back over, but they made it so easy for us on the transition. It’s a new coaching staff and everything, but new to everybody. We’re getting it together.”
Abrams said he has particularly enjoyed working with Tucker, who has been a highly regarded defensive backs coach for several years. Although Tucker is the head coach, he’s still working with the secondary.
“When it comes to coach Tucker, he has that background, so you’re going to really listen to what he has to say,” Abrams said.
Abrams is not only trying to compete for a starting role, but hopes to stay healthy. He missed two games last season and was limited in a couple others because of injuries. Following the Buffs’ nine-week offseason training program, Abrams said he feels better prepared to handle the physical toll of a season.
“I feel a lot better right now,” he said. “I got bigger and stronger, so I feel a lot better that I can hold up this season.”