Who Will Be Colorado’s Starting QB This Season?

With the NBA season finally wrapped up with the conclusion of the finals, we can start to look forward to the upcoming college football season. This season is going to be a very exciting season for the Colorado Buffaloes. 

Most of the players from last years up-trending season will be returning. Some of these names include LB Nate Landman, RB Jarek Broussard, and WR Brenden Rice (who just so happens to be the son of Jerry Rice).

There is one position for the Buffs that remains to be a question though, and it happens to be the most important position on the football field: Quarterback.

In May, the choice for quarterback was between 3 different guys. However, in June, former starting QB Sam Noyer decided to transfer to Oregon State. This made sense for both parties as it was starting to seem like Noyer was not going to be the favorite for the starting job this season. He did however lead this program to a 4-2 record and a bowl game last season. Us Buff fans wish him nothing but the best and thank him for putting it all out on the field last season.

Now lets get to the fun stuff. A classic collegiate QB battle.

Brendon Lewis

Brendon Lewis is the guy who most Colorado fans want to be manning the offense next year. Lewis has had a lot of hype surrounding him since he joined the team in 2020. The four-star QB came to CU ranked as the no. 12 overall dual-threat quarterback in his class by ESPN.

In the 2020 season, Lewis did not get to see the field much. Unfortunately, Colorado went down big early against Texas in the Alamo Bowl in December. Coach Karl Dorrell decided to put Lewis out there for the second half to see what he was made of. He did not disappoint.

In his only appearance, Lewis threw 6-10 passes for 95 yards. He also rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 7 attempts. This performance gave Buffs fans hope for the future. Even though we were getting our asses kicked by the Longhorns, it felt good to know we had a guy who could carry us in the future.

J.T. Shrout

The Buffaloes’ other option at quarterback is the Tennessee transfer J.T. Shrout. The Sophomore is joining the Buffaloes for the 2021 season after playing 2 seasons with the Vols. Shrout spent most of his time as the backup for Tennessee which ultimately prompted him to move to Boulder.

In his 2 seasons (1 start), Shrout completed 37 of 69 passes for 494 yards and five touchdowns. Shrout also threw three interceptions in his time in Knoxville.

Although he wasn’t great during his time played, Shrout never really got the chance to prove himself. It seems like this coaching staff really likes him, and his playing time in the Spring game proved that to be true.

So Who Will Start?

From what I have heard, Karl Dorrell and the rest of the Colorado staff have been very impressed with Shrout and the way he has been competing in practice. I think Shrout will be the starter at the start of this season. If he starts to play poorly, the Buffs will likely give the keys over to Lewis to finish out the season.


-Tom D (@ThomasDiRusso on Twitter)

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