Colorado has added another offensive lineman to its roster, and this one comes at the expense of a fellow Pac-12 school.
The Buffs announced Friday that Kanan Ray has signed a financial aid agreement with the football program and will enroll in school for the spring 2018 semester. Per CU, the versatile lineman will have four years of eligibility to use starting with this season and will begin practicing with his new Buffaloes teammates this spring.
“We’re really excited about Kanan and his ability on the offensive line,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a statement. “He can play guard and tackle and he brings a lot to the table. He was a young man we recruited before and we finally got him here, so we are excited about having him at CU and his future is very bright.”
Ray signed with UCLA as part of the Bruins’ 2017 recruiting class but never enrolled in classes at the university. Because he was recovering from shoulder surgery, Ray was taking a greyshirt and was expected to be on the practice field when the Bruins kicked off spring practice in a couple of months. Instead, he opted for CU, a school he strongly considered before signing with UCLA.
247Sports.com rated Ray as a three-star prospect, while Rivals.com had him as a four-star.
Kurt Roper wasn’t out of a job for that long, as it turned out.
Dec. 6, South Carolina announced that Roper had been fired as its offensive coordinator. Less than a month later, Colorado confirmed that Roper has been hired as its quarterbacks coach. Roper had also served as the Gamecocks’ quarterbacks coach.
Roper replaces Brian Lindgren, who spent five seasons at CU as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before leaving for the same jobs at Oregon State last month.
Roper was in his second season with the Gamecocks prior to his dismissal, and in his third year with Will Muschamp overall as he spent one season with him at Florida in 2014. Prior to a pair of stints with Muschamp, Roper spent six seasons as the coordinator and quarterbacks coach under David Cutcliffe at Duke.
It’s not yet known where DJ Johnson will land. Thanks to one of his social media sites, though, we have a pretty good idea.
Tuesday afternoon, Miami announced that Johnson would be transferring from Mark Richt‘s football program, the third such move in a span of roughly 24 hours. In confirming his departure, Richt stated that the defensive end “indicated to me that he would like to continue his playing career closer to his family.”
On his Twitter account not long after, the Sacramento native posted a photo of a letter he received from the university’s director of compliance, which specifically states he’s permitted to be contacted by eight Pac-12 institutions — and only those eight — about a potential transfer. That octet includes Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington. The latter two schools were two of Johnson’s finalists before he signed with The U last year.
That leaves four Pac-12 schools that were excluded — Colorado, Stanford, Utah and Washington State.
A four-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2017 recruiting class, Johnson was rated as the No. 9 player at any position in the state of California. Using 247Sports.com‘s rankings, no defensive player in The U’s class last year was rated higher than the weakside defensive end.
As a true freshman, Johnson played in eight games. He was credited with three tackles.
A little over a year after his death, one of the most noteworthy pieces of Rashaan Salaam‘s athletic career finds itself up for sale to the public yet again.
According to the Denver Post, the former Colorado star running back’s 1994 Heisman Trophy will be auctioned off next month and is expected to sell for upwards of $300,000. A portion of whatever the trophy fetches will be donated to CTE research.
Salaam, who took his own life at the age of 42 last December, was diagnosed with CTE symptoms postmortem.
After rushing for more than 2,000 yards, Salaam in 1994 became the first, and thus far only, Buffaloes football player to win the most prestigious trophy in college football. In 2013, Salaam sold the trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer who subsequently sold it to the unnamed individual who is selling it at auction. “The trophy also includes a letter from Salaam, acknowledging the 2013 sale,” the Post wrote.
Based on what we’ve found, the largest amount a Heisman Trophy has ever brought in was the $395,000 a California businessman paid for Minnesota’s Bruce Smith‘s 1941 award in 2005.
‘Tis the season for personnel attrition, both transfers and those deciding to leave eligibility on the table.
The latest in the latter category is Isaiah Oliver, who announced via Twitter Friday night that he has decided to forego his senior season at Colorado in order to make himself available for the 2018 NFL draft. The cornerback stated he came to his decision after meeting with CU coaches and his family.
The Denver Post noted that mock drafts from CBS Sports, USA Today, Pro Football Focus, Bleacher Report and ESPN all project Oliver as a first-round selection.
After starting two games in 2016, Oliver started 10 games this season. Despite missing two games because of injury, the 6-1, 195-pound defensive back led the Buffaloes with 11 pass breakups. He also tied for the team lead with two interceptions.