Three more players from the Colorado football team, including two on scholarship, put their names in the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday.
Starting safety Derrion Rakestraw and running back Jaren Mangham are intending to transfer, along with freshman walk-on quarterback Michael Chandler II.
On Wednesday, senior receiver KD Nixon entered the transfer portal. The Buffs have also lost defensive end Jason Harris this winter, as he transferred to Arizona. Junior quarterback Tyler Lytle put his name in the portal in December.
One of the longest-tenured players on the team, Rakestraw played in 42 games during his career at CU – more than anyone on the current roster – and was a starter at safety for the last 15 games.
This season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rakestraw was second on the team with 35 tackles during the five-game regular season, including two tackles for loss and two pass breakups. He added seven tackles in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Rakestraw was one of just five players remaining from CU’s 2016 recruiting class. A three-star recruit from Sequoyah (Ga.) High School, he came to CU as a receiver, but shifted to cornerback in 2017. In 2018, he moved to safety and settled into a key role.
Including the Alamo Bowl (which CU does not count in career totals), Rakestraw recorded 100 tackles during his career, including six tackles for loss. He also had three interceptions, all in 2019.
Although Rakestraw was a senior this year, the NCAA has given all players an extra year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mangham, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound back, was a four-star recruit out of Cass Tech High School in Detroit in 2019 and rushed for 476 yards and five touchdowns during his time with the Buffs.
As a true freshman in 2019, Mangham was the Buffs’ second-leading rusher, with 441 yards and three touchdowns on 107 carries, while adding 10 catches for 41 yards. It was the eighth-best single-season total in CU history for a freshman.
This year, however, Mangham got lost in the shuffle. Although he was second among running backs in rushing, he had just 35 yards on 23 carries. He dressed for all six games, but did not play in two of them, including the Alamo Bowl.
After carrying the ball 17 times for 24 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games, Mangham had just six carries for 11 yards the rest of the season.
Chandler joined the Buffs as a walk-on last summer following a sensational career at Judson (Tex.) High School.
A 6-foot, 185-pound dual threat, Chandler was the San Antonio Express News prep player of the year in 2019 after throwing for 2,742 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushing for 1,300 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had 3,386 yards of total offense and 38 total touchdowns in 2018 as a junior.
Chandler did not appear in any games for the Buffs this season.