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Buffs QB Sam Noyer to enter transfer portal

Jun 7, 2021, 12:15 PM
TUCSON, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 05: Quarterback Sam Noyer #4 of the Colorado Buffaloes prior to the PAC-...
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After leading the Colorado Buffaloes to a 4-2 record in 2020 and a berth in the Valero Alamo Bowl, quarterback Sam Noyer has decided to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Per a release from the school, Noyer informed CU’s coaching staff Monday morning of his decision, ending his tenure with the Buffs.

“I’ve obviously enjoyed my time here at CU, and deciding to come back here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Noyer said via the release. “The season was everything I thought it would be and more. But at the same time, I didn’t finish the season well, partly due to my shoulder injury. So now I’m looking forward to a new opportunity and a fresh start, a place where they need a veteran quarterback who has the added experience of playing on both sides of the ball.”

Noyer, who graduated with a degree in strategic communication in December 2019, had entered the transfer portal at that time but changed his mind after discussions with the coaching staff.

“Sam came back when he didn’t have to after graduating over a year ago and helped the program greatly get back on the right track,” said Buffs head coach Karl Dorrell. “As a veteran, he offered us some stability and depth at the position.  We all wish him well and while we’re sad to see him leave, the parting is certainly amicable.”

Noyer said he didn’t feel as if he was no longer needed at CU but was just excited for a new opportunity, preferably in Division I or “even in the Pac-12 if possible.”

“But I am willing to go wherever I can play that will help make me better and give me an opportunity to fulfill my dream to play in the NFL,” Noyer said.

Starting all six games for CU at quarterback in 2020, Noyer led the Buffs to a 4-0 start and a No. 21 ranking.

Earning second-team All-Pac 12 honors, Noyer completed 80 of 137 passes for 1,000 yards with six touchdown and five interceptions. He was also the team’s second leading rusher with 191 yards on 45 carries and five touchdowns.

With Noyer’s departure, Dorrell and the Buffaloes have five quarterbacks on the roster, three of which are on scholarship: sophomore J.T Shrout and freshmen Brendon Lewis and Drew Carter. Grant Ciccarone and Jordan Woolverton are walk-ons with freshman eligibility.

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