Colorado football’s linebacker competition: LaVonta Bentley, Trevor Woods in front running


Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes linebacker LaVonta Bentley (20) celebrates a play with defensive lineman Shane Cokes (99) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium.

Deion Sanders loves competition.

The Colorado football coach wants it present in every position group and at every practice. It’s why Sanders hasn’t been shy about wanting to add talent to the Buffs’ linebackers room via the transfer portal.

Colorado linebackers coach Andre Hart confirmed that search on Tuesday after the Buffs’ first spring practice of the month.

“(Coach) ‘Prime’ wants to push the envelope and create the competition which I love,” Hart said. “The more competition you create, they (players) don’t sleep well, I sleep good. I like that, that’s my philosophy and I’m going to stick to that. If we bring in another guy — we have been looking and we have some guys kind of figured out that we’d like to go after if that’s the case — but right now we’re focusing on what we have in house and making those guys better.”

How have the Colorado linebackers reacted to knowing additional reinforcements are on the way?

Exactly how Hart would like them to.

“They’re getting up earlier, they’re eating breakfast at 4 a.m. instead of 6 a.m., they’re in the film room before I am; I love it,” Hart said. “It’s like my kid when he’s trying to go somewhere for a birthday party or something. His room is clean, everything is nice, the dishes are done. That’s what these guys are doing right now. They’re trying to show that they’re ready to be that guy and lead the defense out there on Saturdays.”

Part of the reason why the Buffs’ linebacker competition will be a central storyline this offseason is because the position projects to be the defense’s weakest link.

Unlike the defensive line and secondary which added multiple projected…

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Publish date : 2024-04-03 01:00:30

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