Deion Sanders & Colorado Lose Several Players To Transfer Portal

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Deion Sanders & Colorado Lose Several Players To Transfer Portal

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After what was seemingly a wildly successful spring game for Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes this past weekend, it’s been bad news in Boulder to kick off the week.

Several players entered their names into the transfer portal today with the intention of leaving Colorado. Highlighting that list of names are wide receivers Montana Lemonious-Craig and Jordyn Tyson. Lemonious-Craig and Tyson were Colorado’s two most productive pass catchers last season.

While the Buffaloes went just 1-11 last season, Lemonious-Craig and Tyson were being counted on to make an impact on this year’s team. Lemonious-Craig finished last season with 23 catches for 359 yards and 3 TDs. He also went viral for his 98-yard TD catch in last weekend’s spring game on a pass from Deion Sanders’ son and Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders.

Not only did Lemonious-Craig, Tyson, and several others hit the portal, but Colorado suffered a setback in the recruiting ranks as well. 4-star CB/ATH Ju’Juan Johnson de-commited from Colorado, as well. Depending on where you look, Johnson is either listed as a CB or an ATH that projects as a CB. With star CB Travis Hunter and top CB recruit Cormani McClain in the fold, the move makes sense.

Deion Sanders Era Starts Now

Sanders very clearly told players on the Colorado football team when he took the job that not everyone was going to make it, and that Colorado wasn’t going to be for everyone. He brought in several transfers and a solid recruiting class, as well. But after the spring game, he’s suffering a bit of the consequence for that.

More than 40 scholarship players from Colorado’s program last season have entered the transfer portal since Sanders took the job at the end of last season. Deion wanted a total reset of that program and it appears he’ll get it.

While next year might be rough for Colorado (their win total is currently at 4.5 on FanDuel), it seems in the long run Sanders will be able to build the program exactly how he wants to. Who knows if it’s going to go really well or really badly, but it kind of seems like it’s going to be one or the other and not really somewhere in the middle. Win or lose, Colorado is going to be entertaining to watch as long as Deion Sanders is running the show.

Author: Matt Rooney

Matt is from the Chicagoland area and has been working in Chicago sports since 2015 with stops at WGN Radio, the Chicago Blackhawks, Stadium, and NBC Sports Chicago prior to landing at Betsperts. Matt covers just about everything for Betsperts and Bleacher Nation but focuses on the NHL and college football.