CU Buffs lose two football players to transfer portal

Safety Aaron Maddox, tight end Darrion Jones will leave team for other opportunities

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Former Colorado safety Aaron Maddox talks to the media during the Buffs’ weekly press conference on Oct. 15. Maddox, who started the first three games of the season, has entered the transfer portal.

The Colorado football team has lost two players to the NCAA transfer portal, including a former starter at safety.

On Monday, CU confirmed to Buffzone a report that safety Aaron Maddox and tight end Darrion Jones have entered the transfer portal. Neither will participate in team activities the rest of the year.

Maddox, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior, started the first three games of the season at strong safety and played well, but left the third game, against Air Force with a severe leg laceration. He missed the next two games and then returned in a reserve role for the Buffs’ Oct. 11 game at Oregon.

CU went into last week planning to have Maddox for a trip to Washington State; he even represented the defense at the Buffs’ weekly press conference last Tuesday. At some point after that, however, he decided to transfer and did not make the trip to Pullman, Wash.

Maddox, who had 23 tackles and two forced fumbles this season, signed with CU as a junior college transfer in 2018. He played in all 12 games last year, including seven on defense, recording 15 tackles.

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Former CU tight end Darrion Jones has entered the transfer portal.

Jones, a 6-6, 255-pound senior, also signed with CU as a junior college transfer in 2018. He played in seven games in 2018 and four this year, but did not catch a pass. Jones told Buffzone that he plans to graduate from CU in the spring and then hopes to enroll as a graduate transfer at another school next summer.

Per NCAA rules, players can compete in up to four games and maintain their redshirt. Jones and Maddox both had a redshirt year available and played in just four games.

Jones would have one more year of eligibility, while Maddox will have two. It’s unclear if Maddox would graduate first or not; if not, he would have to sit out the 2020 season if he transfers to another Football Bowl Subdivision school.