Walk-ons make an impression on security – BuffZone
With several safeties after last season, the Colorado Buffaloes don’t have much experience in the back end of their defense.
This opened the door to several players who have opportunities, including a pair of extras from Durango High School who, at this time a year ago, were playing on offense.
Redshirt freshmen Ben Finneseth and Jordan Woolverton are both thriving on defense this offseason and providing some depth for the Buffs.
Woolverton spent much of last season as the Buffs’ third-string quarterback because CU were so short on numbers at that position. Now the Buffs are fully stocked at quarterback and in the spring, Woolverton got to safety.
“He has incredible movement abilities in space and his ball skills are impeccable,” safety coach Brett Maxie said.
In 2020, Woolverton led Durango to the Class 3A state title and was CHSAA Player of the Year in 3A. He played at quarterback, but also at safety, where he had seven assists.
Woolverton had big games in the spring showcase in April and continued to make games in pre-season camp.
Maxie made the same transition as a young player, going from quarterback to defensive back in college and said he was not surprised by Woolverton’s ability to adapt.
“I think that’s an added dimension that you can have playing an offensive position, especially at quarterback,” Maxie said. “The expectation is there. His work ethic is going to be there from a mental standpoint because that’s exactly what quarterbacks are. They have to be the leaders and he’s done an amazing job. I’m proud of him.”
Finneseth made a smooth transition from receiver to safety but is currently nursing an injury and not participating in practices. Maxie said the Buffs hope to reunite with Finneseth soon.
Along with catching 67 passes for 1,012 yards during his career at Durango (mostly from Woolverton), Finneseth had 134 tackles, three interceptions and six forced fumbles on defense. Like Woolverton, he won all-state honors as a senior.
After being traded from Big 12 champion Baylor, CU wide receiver RJ Sneed will play his first game as the Buff on Sept. 2 against TCU — which is also Big 12. Sneed said he is looking forward to the schedule Pac-12 later in the season though. “The change of scenery; it’s different, he says. “I’m going to new stadiums that I’ve never been to. I get to experience a Colorado game and I’ve never been to a Colorado game. So I’m excited for that. … Sneed went 1-4 v TCU at Baylor…. The Buffs will have their first scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday at Folsom Field.The scrimmage is closed to the public.