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CU Buffs’ Brendan Pyne enters transfer portal

Grad transfer from Brown hoped to make impact as walk-on

Photo courtesy David Silverman Photography
Former Brown linebacker Brendan Pyne was added to Colorado’s football roster as a transfer walk-on in January.

Brendan Pyne, who enrolled at Colorado last month with plans to join the football team as a walk-on, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

A graduate transfer from Brown, Pyne has one year of eligibility and was planning to play at CU until head coach Mel Tucker left the Buffs for Michigan State earlier this month. Tucker was replaced this week by Karl Dorrell.

“I really like Colorado and think coach (Dorrell) is going to do great here, but I came here for coach Tucker and need to do what’s best for me,” Pyne told Buffzone. “It was hard because I really like the guys here. Colorado and everyone involved in football has been great.”

Pyne said he will finish the semester at CU and hopes to make a decision soon on where he will play next year. Going into the transfer portal does not mean a player has to leave, so it’s possible he could still play at CU if he elects to do that.

A 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker at Brown, Pyne was a three-year starter. He led the Bears in tackles in 2019. Over the last three years, he had 178 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a sack, along with six pass breakups and two forced fumbles.