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CU football notes: Buffs add walk-on quarterback

Five walk-ons added to roster on first day of classes


The Colorado Buffaloes have added some depth at quarterback.

James Mott, who played the 2019 season at the University of Chicago, is joining the Buffs as a walk-on.

While schools can’t add eligible scholarship players at this point, they can add walk-ons before the first day of classes. CU starts classes Monday and Mott was accepted and enrolled just in time.

CU was in need of another quarterback after sophomore JT Shrout suffered what was called by head coach Karl Dorrell a “significant injury” to his knee during a scrimmage on Aug. 14.

Shrout’s injury left CU with only three quarterbacks on the roster: freshman Brendon Lewis, who is slated to start; and true freshmen Drew Carter and Jordan Woolverton, who is a walk-on.

A freshman, Mott provides CU some depth and is expected to compete on the scout team. He has four seasons of eligibility.

As a true freshman at Chicago in 2019, Mott appeared in two games and completed his only pass, for five yards. Chicago, a Division III school, had its 2020 season canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, Mott announced on social media that he would be transferring to Florida Atlantic, but never went through practice or took classes there, leaving him eligible to play at CU.

Listed at 6-feet, 195 pounds, Mott was a two-star recruit in 2019 coming out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. A multi-sport athlete, Mott threw for 1,923 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior while earning league MVP honors.

In Mott’s final high school game, he threw two touchdown passes and helped the South team — coached by former CU tight end Sean Embree — to a win in the Orange County All-Star Classic.

In addition to Mott, CU has added four other walk-ons, including freshman cornerback Syre Stewart, the son of legendary former Buffs quarterback Kordell Stewart. Syre Stewart, a 5-foot-9 corner who played at North Atlanta (Ga.) High School, announced his commitment to CU in June.

Other new walk-ons are: linebacker Tommy Deitchman from De La Salle (Calif.) High School; offensive lineman Camden Dempsey from Lakewood High School; and tailback Isaiah Harper, from Shadow Creek (Texas) High School. All three are true freshmen.

Harper is the son of former CU running back Lawrence Vickers. Deitchman’s older brother, John, is currently a walk-on offensive lineman with the Buffs.

Familiar face returns

Greg Brown’s coaching career has taken him all over the country, but the Colorado native is home once again.

Brown, 63, who was let go by Purdue in December, is working as a volunteer assistant, coaching the defensive backs. Brown is on the Buffs’ staff for the fourth time. He coached CU defensive backs from 1991-93 and 2005-09 and was defensive coordinator from 2011-12.

“I coached with Greg back in the 90s here,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. “He’s an excellent coach. He had some time left on his (Purdue) contract, he has family here in the area … so he just doesn’t want to get stale. I think a lot of coaches that are not in a full-time position from being employed full time, the last thing they want to do is just sit around and not do much.

“He’s very familiar with this place, so he’s going to be a guy that we can utilize as a resource and help us on the defensive side. He has a great level of expertise and I know him personally, so I think it’s a win-win for us.”

Brown coached two Jim Thorpe Award winners (Deon Figures and Chris Hudson) at CU and has four decades of experience at the collegiate and NFL levels.

Folsom technology

This season, CU is adding new technology to Folsom Field after partnering with Digital Seat Media.

Fans will be able to scan the QR code on the Digital Seat tags on each seat at the stadium, giving them access to coupons, offers, team rosters, players stats, etc. The new technology will be available for the season opener Sept. 3 against Northern Colorado.

“We are excited to bring Digital Seat to Buffs fans this year,” Lindsay Lew, CU’s assistant athletic director for digital and database marketing, said in a press release. “Digital Seat is a convenient and easy-to-use tool that gives our fans quick access to specific information while they are in the stadium while also providing new, interactive and highly-visible inventory for our Learfield IMG partnership with Buffalo Sports Properties.”


Linebacker Robert Barnes is among several players trying to get healthy after soft-tissue injuries. … Tackle Frank Fillip is still recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the spring and Dorrell said, “Hopefully he’ll be back somewhere between week three and four.” … Coaches began Monday to introduce the game plan for the Sept. 3 opener against Northern Colorado and Dorrell said, “We’ll continue to pick up that pace towards the end of the week.”

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