CU Buffs QB Sam Noyer enters transfer portal – The Denver Post

Sam Noyer is leaving the Colorado Buffaloes.

On Monday, CU announced that Noyer, a senior who started all six games at quarterback last season, has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal.

Named second-team All-Pac-12 by coaches last season after leading CU to a surprising 4-2 record, Noyer has one season of eligibility remaining and will hope to play elsewhere this fall.

Noyer’s departure leaves the Buffs with three scholarship quarterbacks for this year: sophomore J.T. Shrout, who transferred from Tennessee in January; returning freshman Brendon Lewis; and true freshman Drew Carter. The Buffs also have two walk-on quarterbacks in returning freshman Grant Ciccarone and true freshman Jordan Woolverton.

Noyer had put his name into the transfer portal after the 2019 season but decided to stay at CU after head coach Karl Dorrell was hired in February of 2020. Noyer was offered the promise to compete for the starting job at quarterback and won the job in preseason camp.

“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 in a press release from CU.  “The (2020) 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.

“It’s not that I felt that I wasn’t needed at CU, I just want a new opportunity, hopefully in Division I and even in the Pac-12 if possible, knowing that I can compete at a high level in a Power 5 conference. 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.”

CU’s last player link to the Pac-12 South title team of 2016, Noyer was a member of the 2016 recruiting class. He graduated with a degree in strategic communication in December of 2019.

Noyer spent his first three seasons in Boulder as a backup at quarterback. In 2019, then first-year head coach Mel Tucker moved Noyer to safety. He spent that season as a backup at safety before putting his name in the portal.

After Dorrell was hired last year, the coaching staff lured Noyer back to Boulder and he made the most of the time.

Winning the starting job in the preseason, Noyer completed 80-of-137 passes for 1,000 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions during the five-game regular season. He also added 191 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and helped the Buffs go 4-1 and earn a spot in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

In the Alamo Bowl, he completed just 8-of-23 passes for 101 yards and two interceptions and ran for 17 yards.

Including the Alamo Bowl, Noyer completed 109-of-201 passes for 1,280 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions during his career with the Buffs.

“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,” Dorrell said.  “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 injured his shoulder during the first game of the 2020 season, but fought through the injury to keep playing. He had offseason surgery, however, and was unavailable to play during spring practices in April.

With Noyer out, Lewis and Shrout shared snaps with the first-team offseason during the spring.

Lewis, a true freshman last year, relieved Noyer during the Alamo Bowl and led the Buffs to all three of their touchdowns in the 55-23 loss to Texas. Lewis threw for 95 yards and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Highly praised throughout the spring by coaches, Lewis is the only quarterback on the roster with experience as a Buff.

Shrout, however, has the most college experience. He played in eight games, with one start, during two seasons at Tennessee. He completed 37-of-69 passes for 494 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Last year, he was 24-of-42 for 315 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Carter graduated from Tigard (Ore.) High School in December and enrolled at CU in  January. He spent most of his spring working with the third-string offense.

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