Several Colorado football players have put their names in the NCAA transfer portal.
Cornerback Kevin George and safety L.J. Wallace both announced on Twitter on Wednesday that they are entering the transfer portal with the intention of finding a new program to play for in the future. Defensive lineman Melekiola “Tava” Finau and walk-on linebacker Jake Yurachek have both confirmed to BuffZone.com that they are entering the transfer portal to seek a new opportunity, as well.
Entering the transfer portal gives players the opportunity to explore options at other schools, but players can enter the portal and return to their current school.
George spent two seasons with the Buffaloes, but never appeared in a game on defense. A junior college transfer, George was recruited to CU before the 2017 season after playing one year at Georgia Military College. He redshirted in 2017 and played in 10 games last season, all on special teams. George finished the spring as a backup at cornerback.
Wallace redshirted as a true freshman last season, but did appear in one game, at Arizona, on special teams. He was listed as a backup safety throughout the spring.
Finau also redshirted last season as a true freshman and did not appear in any games. He was one of only five scholarship defensive linemen during the spring and played primarily with the second-team defense at end.
Yurachek came to CU as a preferred walk-on last season as a true freshman. He redshirted, but did appear in one game, against New Hampshire, and made one tackle in four snaps played.
Prior to these players entering the transfer portal, CU was projected to have 89 scholarship players for the fall – four above the NCAA maximum of 85. If Finau, George and Wallace do transfer, that would leave the Buffs at 86. That does not include defensive lineman Jaunta’vius Johnson, a graduate transfer from Auburn who is hoping to join the team in the summer.
In addition, safety Hasaan Hypolite has entered his name in the transfer portal after being dismissed from the program last week for a violation of team rules.