The Colorado football team has not had a consistent option at quarterback since Tyler Hansen in the 2011 season, and that’s not saying much. The inconsistency at the quarterback position has been one of the major problems with the Buffs for the past 10 years or so.
Joel Klatt was the last legitimate quarterback that had an opportunity to move on to the NFL, but he decided to pursue a baseball career. It is difficult to sign a top notch quarterback when the team is not successful on the field. It is also hard to be successful without a solid quarterback, so developing one is the route Colorado needs to take.
Some thought, including me, that Colorado had a quarterback who could take the Buffs to a bowl game when Connor Wood transferred to Boulder. Wood was an All American and ranked the third best pro style quarterback coming out of high school, according to Rivals. He decided to go to the University of Texas, then transferred to Colorado after his redshirt freshman year.
Wood had all the physical tools to succeed at Colorado, but never developed into the player some thought he would be in high school. Wood was the starter coming into the 2013 season and was then replaced by true freshman Sefo Liufau in week six. Wood decided to move on with his football career by graduating in 2014 and forgoing his last year of eligibility.
Liufau had a solid season for a true freshman quarterback, especially after being named the starter halfway through the season. He threw for 1,779 yards and 12 touchdowns, while only throwing 8 interceptions. Liufau had his best showing against Cal when he threw for 364 yards and 3 touchdowns. Liufau clearly has a high ceiling because of the athletic ability he showed, while also showing some great arm strength.
Liufau was able to gain some valuable experience playing against mostly Pac-12 competition. He showed that he was able to make plays that would put the team in a position to win, while also leading the Buffs to their only Pac-12 win of the season.
The Buffs have only one scholarship quarterback coming in from the 2014 recruiting class. Cade Aspay from Canyon Country, CA, is the best quarterback of the class. He’s a three star recruit and the 24th ranked pro style quarterback in the nation, according to Rivals.
According to Coach MacIntyre in a CBS sports interview, “Cade has the abilities to compete against Sefo this offseason and will get a large amount of reps after Connor Wood decided to leave.”
Liufau is clearly the number one quarterback on the Buffs going into next season, but bringing in more competition will hopefully influence him to improve even more. Mike MacIntyre’s son, Jay, is labeled as an athlete, but played quarterback in high school. He is most likely to play safety or defensive back at CU.
Quarterback is the most important position on the football field. He touches the ball on every offensive possession, unlike any other player. The Buffs clearly need to improve in other facets of the game before being able to compete for a Pac-12 Championship, but if they can solidify the quarterback position they will speed up the rebuilding process. Johnny Manziel was able to carry a Texas A&M football team that ranked 109th out of 123 teams in total defense, according to the NCAA. He led the Aggies to a 9-4 record. Manziel is obviously a best case scenario, but if the Buffs are able to find a legitimate starter at quarterback…anything can happen. Could Sefo Liufau or Cade Aspay be that player? I guess we will have to find out.