Colorado backup quarterback Tyler Lytle is entering the NCAA transfer portal.
On Saturday evening, a few hours after the Buffaloes’ 38-21 loss to Utah at Folsom Field, Lytle announced his decision on social media.
“Thank you to my teammates and coaches over the years at Colorado,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m appreciative for the relationships I’ve built the past few years and my time at this university. After much thought, I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a grad transfer with 2 years left to play and immediate eligibility. I am excited for what’s next.”
The Buffs (4-1, 3-1 Pac-12) are set to wrap up their regular season next weekend against a conference opponent to be determined, followed by a potential bowl game.
With Lytle going into the transfer portal, true freshman Brendon Lewis could be elevated to the top backup spot. Lewis has not appeared in a game.
Lytle, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt junior from Redondo Beach, Calif., came to CU in January of 2017 after a stellar career at Servite High School. In terms of scholarship offers, Lytle is the most highly recruited quarterback to sign with CU since Fairview’s Craig Ochs in 2000.
Lytle spent his first three years at CU serving as a backup to Steven Montez. This year, he competed for the starting job, but coaches gave the nod to Sam Noyer, who has started all five games this season and played nearly every snap.
In the fourth quarter on Saturday, with CU down 27-21, Noyer went out with a sore shoulder, missing four plays. Lytle completed a pass and then had a 15-yard run for a first down to the Utah 39, but was replaced by Noyer. That drive stalled without any points.
Lytle returned to the game with 2:17 to play, with CU down 38-21 and completed 1-of-4 passes for five yards.
For his career at CU, Lytle completed 8-of-13 passes for 68 yards and an interception. He wound up throwing 10 of his career passes in cold, snowy games against Utah at Folsom Field, in 2018 and on Saturday.