CU football notes: Buffs deep at receiver, but must keep ball moving

WR rotation could go 6-8 deep; Noyer embracing move to defense


Given the amount of talent he has to work with, Colorado receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini would love to see a rotation of six or eight players at the position.

The key to doing that, however, is moving the football.

Colorado receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini said the Buffs could go six or eight deep on the rotation at the position.

“It’s just going to be a matter of flow and first downs and you have to stay away from three and outs,” Chiaverini said Tuesday, after the Buffaloes’ practice. “Three and outs are what kill rotations for receivers.”

CU’s talent at receiver is well documented, with junior Laviska Shenault earning preseason All-American recognition, and junior KD Nixon and senior Tony Brown coming back as key contributors a year ago. Slot receiver Dimitri Stanley, sophomores Maurice Bell, Daniel Arias and Jaylon Jackson and freshman Vontae Shenault have had good camps, as well.

“I feel good about the first two groups and I feel good about Vontae Shenault coming along, too,” Chiaverini said.

A true freshman, Vontae Shenault doesn’t have the same type of build as his brother – Laviska is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, while Vontae is 6-2, 190 – but the talent is evident.

“The kid can play,” Chiaverini said. “I like football players, guys that make plays. Still has to cut back on his (missed assignments), but he’s an extremely talented kid and can find himself in the mix if he keeps getting better.”

Noyer embracing move

Walking into to his head coaches’ office on Sunday, junior Sam Noyer was a quarterback.

Walking out of Mel Tucker’s office, he was ready to turn his focus to defense. A backup quarterback for the Buffs the past three seasons and the first two-and-a-half weeks of preseason camp, Noyer made the switch to safety on Monday.

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Junior Sam Noyer moved from quarterback to safety this week.

“(Tucker asked), ‘What would be your opinion on playing safety?’” Noyer said. “I told him I said I want to do whatever is best for the team. If that’s me playing safety, if that’s me playing quarterback, special teams, receiver, whatever it is, I just want what’s best for the team. We had a long conversation about it and I felt pretty good by the end of it.”

At 6-4 and 220 pounds, Noyer is a big safety, but the Buffs like his speed and athleticism. He provides instant depth at a position of need, and could potentially provide depth at Star, as well.

Noyer played a lot of defense, including safety and linebacker, growing up and said he loves the physicality of the position. With limited game experience and quarterbacks not allowed to be hit in practice, though, Noyer has to adjust to more bumps and bruises after practice. He said he’s got both feet in on this move, however.

“I have to be both feet in with it because it’s a decision coach Tucker and I both made,” said Noyer, who worked at safety for the second time on Tuesday and intercepted a pass. “I’m going to support him and I’m going to do whatever is best for the team.”

Uniform combinations

Over the summer, CU selected the uniform combinations for each game this season.

“We’re going to use as many combinations as we can,” Tucker said. “We’ll be traditional in some games and some other games we’ll mix it up a little bit.”

During the past few years, seniors or team leaders picked the uniform combinations. This year, Tucker and a few members of the support staff made the choices.

“The players don’t need to be worrying about that,” Tucker said.

As it has done in the past, CU will reveal uniform combinations each week.


Junior safety Trey Udoffia is taking time off to handle some personal issues, but the Buffs expect him back at some point, Tucker said. … The Buffs have three more practices this week before taking Saturday off and beginning game week preparations on Sunday.