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CU Buffs’ Casey Roddick on right track after solid spring

Redshirt freshman competing for starting job on offensive line

CU Buffs Casey Roddick had a good spring and put himself in position to compete for a starting job in the fall.
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CU Buffs Casey Roddick had a good spring and put himself in position to compete for a starting job in the fall.

There was nothing easy about the Colorado football team’s first spring under head coach Mel Tucker.

When it was over, however, offensive lineman Casey Roddick had a smile on his face – and not just because it was over.

The redshirt freshman from Ventura, Calif., had a good spring and put himself in position to compete for a starting job in the fall.

“It showed me that I can actually do it,” Roddick said of his spring, which included taking first-team reps at left guard. “I would never have thought in a million years I could take first-team reps at a Division I college.”

Roddick’s road to those first-team reps has been a long one. He graduated from high school in 2017, but delayed his enrollment as a grayshirt. He got to CU in January of 2018, and while his power was evident, he had 386 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

Roddick redshirted last year, and by the end of this spring, he weighed in at 328.

“Obviously, that’s a big drop and a big weight loss and I feel a lot better,” Roddick said. “Losing that weight definitely helped me expand my lungs obviously, but with my play too. I’m getting faster on my feet, getting out of my stance. That was the No. 1 thing. I think that weight loss really did help me a lot.”

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Casey Roddick

Roddick is not only quicker and better with technique; he’s actually getting stronger, as well. He said his numbers in the weight room continue to go up.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said of his improvement. “I can’t even explain it. It’s definitely fun to see myself transform to the player that I’ve seen and visualized myself as. That’s the biggest thing: if I can visualize it, I can do it.”

Roddick, of course, isn’t there yet. He said that while the spring went well, it left plenty of room for growth.

“It was a grind,” he said. “It was a long spring, but a lot of good things and a lot of bad things. A lot of things I need to work on – as a team, as an offensive lineman, and as a unit. The next phase is conditioning, so we have to get after it.”

Roddick and the rest of the Buffs are hoping for a good summer that will lead into fall camp, which opens Aug. 1.

In camp, Roddick will have plenty of competition for a starting spot.

Junior Kary Kutsch and junior college transfer Va’atofu Sauvao will be aiming for the starting job at left guard, as well. If healthy, senior Brett Tonz and sophomore Jake Moretti will compete, as well. Roddick could also compete at right guard, where either Tim Lynott or Colby Pursell – both return starters – could play.

Roddick came out of spring pleased with his work, but knows much more is ahead of him.

“You can get your spot taken at any point in time,” he said. “You have to work every day like you’re a second string player trying to get first string.”


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