Three in, six out as transfer portal continues churning for CU Buffs – The Denver Post

Colorado got commitments from three defensive players on Wednesday, while six more Buffaloes put their names into the transfer portal.

Former Florida State defensive end Derrick McLendon II and linebacker Brendan Gant and former Old Dominion defensive tackle Chazz Wallace announced their commitment to CU on Wednesday, adding some muscle to the front seven.

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Meanwhile, quarterback Drew Carter; offensive linemen Luke Eckardt, Yousef Mugharbil and Jake Wiley; and defensive end Taylor Upshaw put their names into the transfer portal. Walk-on defensive lineman Mason Maddox also went into the portal.

CU has had 41 scholarship players enter the transfer portal since the window opened on April 15, with 28 of those going in since Saturday’s spring game. Players have until Saturday to put their names into the portal.

McLendon became the first player this week to join the herd. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound former Seminole has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

During his four years at FSU, McLendon played in 38 games, recording 61 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Last season, he played in 13 games (12 starts) and had 37 tackles, five TFLs and 3.5 sacks.

Gant, McLendon’s FSU teammate, committed later in the day. He played 43 games for the Seminoles, with six starts. In his four seasons at FSU, he had 112 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception. He recorded 33 tackles and 1.5 TFLs last season.

Wallace adds some beef on the defensive line. Listed by ODU at 6-2, 295, Wallace played in 23 games during his two seasons with the Monarchs. He recorded 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the past two seasons.

With Wednesday’s  movement, CU has 61 projected scholarship players for next season, leaving head coach Deion Sanders with 24 more spots to fill.

“We already know what we got coming in,” Sanders said on the Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday. “Y’all just don’t know what we got coming. Hey, we already know what we got on the way in. They probably at the airport right now.

“When we release the list of guys that we already got coming in then everybody is going to say, ‘Ok, now I see what he’s doing.”

Asked when the list of newcomers will show up, Sanders said, “Soon, very soon.”

The mass exodus of players to the transfer portal this week has caught national attention and created some concern among CU fans, but Sanders reiterated that this has been part of his plan all along after taking over a program that was 1-11 last season.

“It’s no way that I can put new furniture in this beautiful home if we don’t clean out the old furniture,” he said on the McAfee Show.

“We know what we want and I don’t concede, man. I don’t settle. I know what I want and I know what I’m going to get. We don’t settle.”

Sanders has nearly cleaned out the 2022 roster. With Carter, Eckardt and Wiley leaving, only 13 scholarship players from the 2022 team remain with the program.

Wiley was a two-year starter at tackle for the Buffs. He played in 30 career games with 22 starts, including 10 games last season.

Carter spent two seasons with the Buffs, playing in nine games as a reserve. He completed 6-of-16 passes for 38 yards during his time with CU. Carter finished this spring as the third-string quarterback.

A transfer from Arizona last year, Eckardt did not appear in any games during his lone season with the Buffs.

Mugharbil (Florida) and Upshaw (Michigan) joined the Buffs as transfers in January. Along with former Jackson State cornerback Tayvion Beasley, three Sanders recruits have already departed.

CU statement

On Tuesday, now former CU tight end Zach Courtney, who put his name in the transfer portal on April 19, posted on Twitter that “the head coach at CU won’t allow” him to have access to practice film from last season that he can send out to other schools.

Now former outside linebacker Kaden Ludwick backed up Courtney and said, “We all need our film.”

CU released a statement on Wednesday that read, “Colorado is happy to provide all game film and any practice film prior to spring 2023 to any student-athlete and institution upon request.”

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