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A college football podcast focused on University of Colorado Buffaloes, hosted by Stuart Whitehair, publisher of the CU at the Game website

CU At The Game Podcast Stuart Whitehair

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A college football podcast focused on University of Colorado Buffaloes, hosted by Stuart Whitehair, publisher of the CU at the Game website

    Interview: CU Outside Linebacker Devin Grant

    Interview: CU Outside Linebacker Devin Grant

    Welcome back to our NIL Interview series. In this episode, we are introduced to outside linebacker, Devin Grant. Grant, who will play as a redshirt freshman this year despite being on the field in both 2020 and 2021, introduced himself to the Buff Nation late last season. Thrust into the starting lineup for the final two games due to injuries, Grant had eight tackles in the season finale against Utah, a taste of what CU fans can expect from Grant for the 2022 season and beyond.

    Grant talks about his recruitment, and the “fake love” he got from schools other than Colorado. Grant breaks down how his role as an outside linebacker has changed as CU transitions from a 3-4 to a 4-3, and what it’s like to have his new position coach (Chris Wilson) also be the defensive coordinator. Finally, Grant talks candidly and openly about the players who left Boulder through the Transfer Portal, NIL opportunities (or the lack thereof) for CU student-athletes, and the mood of the locker room as the preseason magazines roll out, predicting another losing season for Colorado. 

    So ... What’s it like to be an outside linebacker in the film room, with Grant breaking down his off-season preparation into three stages? ... What makes Grant believe that the leadership is there in the CU locker room to overcome past adversities, and that the 2022 team is “tired of losing”? ... And which personal goal has Grant set for himself, one which, if achieved, will all but guarantee All-Pac-12 status? 

    ... Let’s find out ... 

    • 41 min
    Interview: CU Defensive Lineman Jalen Sami

    Interview: CU Defensive Lineman Jalen Sami

    Welcome back to our NIL Interview series. In this episode, we are introduced to CU’s starting defensive lineman, Jalen Sami. A lightly-recruited player out of Colorado Springs, Sami was asked by the Mike MacIntyre coaching staff to gray-shirt, delaying his enrollment until the spring of 2018.

    Sami made a splash when he did take the field in his freshman season in 2019, recovering a fumble in his very first game, a rout of CSU in Denver. Later that season, Sami saved the day against Washington, making a play on - of all things - special teams.

    Now on his third head coach and sixth position coach, Sami still has two years of eligibility remaining. Sami already has 24 career starts under his belt, but believes he just had his best spring since he arrived in Boulder in 2018, and can’t wait, as he put it, “to shock the world”. 

    So ... What was it like being 6'6", 320-pounds in high school, and being lightly recruited? ... What does Sami think of CU’s move from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense? ... Why does Sami think that, even though he’ll have a year of eligibility left for the 2023 season, he may be playing elsewhere next fall? ... And what was Sami’s motivation in playing against Washington in 2019 which may have helped him make the play which saved the day for the Buffs? ..

    ... Let’s find out ... 

    • 38 min
    Interview: CU Offensive Tackle Jake Wiley

    Interview: CU Offensive Tackle Jake Wiley

    Welcome back to our CU at the Game NIL Interview series. In this episode, we are introduced to CU’s starting offensive left tackle, Jake Wiley. Though only a sophomore in terms of eligibility, Wiley has already been through a great deal in his time in Boulder. Recruited by Mike MacIntyre’s staff as a member of the CU Recruiting Class of 2019, Wiley was already on to his third head coach by the time he was able to take to the field for the first time in 2020.

    Wiley earned a spot in starting lineup during the 2021 season, but the campaign did not open well. Offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue was let go mid-season, with quality control coach William Vlachos stepping in to coach the rest of the year. After the middle of last season, offensive line improved, and that upward trend has continued with the hiring of offensive line coach Kyle DeVan, giving Buff fans reason for optimism about the line in 2022.

    Jake talks about the revolving door of coaches he has been through, and what Coach DeVan brings to the table. He also discusses how, through the adversities of the 2021 season, the offensive line has grown closer, and is excited about leaving the past in the past, and making the Buff Nation proud this fall. 

    So ... What was it like growing up in Colorado, wanting to be a Buff, only to see the coach that recruited you leave before you were ever able to set foot on campus? ... What does Jake think about Coach DeVan’s quote about him that “his approach this off-season has been freaking unbelievable ... You talk about a guy that loves the game, loves the work, loves the development side of it ... I’m really excited about him” ... And what are the odds that Jake will report as a tackle eligible this fall, and get his chance to score a touchdown in Folsom Field? 

    ... Let’s find out ... 

    • 35 min
    Interview: CU Running Back Deion Smith

    Interview: CU Running Back Deion Smith

    Welcome back to our NIL Interview series. In this episode, we are introduced to junior running back Deion Smith. A highly rated recruit out of Houston, with offers from the likes of Notre Dame, UCLA, Utah, Minnesota and TCU, it was position coach Darian Hagan, and the relationship Smith and Hagan developed, which brought Smith to Boulder.

    Healthy in consecutive seasons for the first time in years, Smith is ready to showcase his talents for the Buff Nation. Coming off of a 20-yard touchdown run in the CU Spring Showcase, Smith wants Buff fans to know that the running back room is ready to prove the critics wrong.

    So ... What was it like for Deion to post his first career touchdowns last fall? ... Just how vanilla was the CU offense in the Spring Game? (“You can count on one hand the number of plays we ran that day”) ... And what did Deion - when putting together his own NIL podcast project - learn from the likes of Rick George and Evan Battey about the future of NIL at the University of Colorado? ... 

    ... Let’s find out ... 

    • 43 min
    CU Spring Practices: A Review of the Spring Showcase & An Assessment of CU Spring Ball, 2022

    CU Spring Practices: A Review of the Spring Showcase & An Assessment of CU Spring Ball, 2022

    The University of Colorado conducted its 2022 Spring Showcase on April 23rd, concluding spring practices with a 65-play controlled scrimmage. Walk-ons - from running back Charlie Offerdahl to receiver Michael Harrison to safety Jordan Woolverton - made names for themselves, while the defense overall had the better of it on a sunny afternoon in Boulder. 

    I am joined by Brad Geiger and Neil Langland as we go unit-by-unit to discuss the spring showcase, and then take a step back to review the 15-practice spring of 2022. 

    Is the starting quarterback position Brendon Lewis’ to lose heading into Fall Camp? ... Can the offensive line make due with the present lineup, or should Buff fans be hoping for a quick fix from the Transfer Portal? ... Did the switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense turn the Buff defense line from a weakness into a strength? ... Is the defensive backfield filled with young talent - or just young players? 

    And will fans be singing the praises of Charlie Offerdahl well into the fall, or will we have to wait until next spring to hear his name over once again the Folsom Field PA system? ... 

    ... Let’s find out ... 

    • 45 min
    Interview: CU Wide Receiver Jaylon Jackson

    Interview: CU Wide Receiver Jaylon Jackson

    Welcome back to our CU at the Game NIL Interview series.

    In this episode, we meet CU senior wide receiver Jaylon Jackson. A speedster out of a highly regarded high school program in Texas, Jackson learned some of life’s lessons early, missing almost all of his junior and senior years with torn ACL’s. Despite the setbacks, Jackson had offers from the Pac-12, the Big 12, and the SEC.

    So ... Who is Jaylon Jackson? How was he able to overcome not one, not two, not three, but four season-ending injuries in his career to be named not only an All-conference Special teams player by the Pac-12 coaches, but a captain by his teammates? ... What was it like being a part of a recruiting Class which included Laviska Shenault and KD Nixon, CU recruits Jackson played against in high school? ... And what can we take from Jackson’s quote that he wished he could have had two or three more years with the current coaching staff?  ... 

    ... Let’s find out ... 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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Great Podcast

Enjoy the podcasts. The website is a great place to visit with lots of good info as well as an extensive archive

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Top notch for buff fans

Stuart provides the best website for all things CU sports and his podcast is great! Go Buffs!

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Fix the audio

18 was unlistenable due to the co-host’s audio.

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