Deion Sanders congratulates Air Force’s Trey Taylor for winning Jim Thorpe award

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Coach Prime is always willing to go out of his way to help the troops.When Army traveled to Colorado to face the Air Force Falcons, it was Coach Prime who offered up his facilities to the visiting Black Knights so they could prepare properly.Coach Prime will always have a special connection to the Air Force Academy, which is about a 90-minute drive from Boulder. It was at Clune Arena that his daughter Shelomi made her first basket for Colorado.So, when Trey Taylor was awarded the trophy on Friday night, Sanders was among the first people to congratulate him online.

The award is given to the best defensive back in college football based on his or her on-field performance, athletic ability, and character.”Love from one of the best to ever do it,” Trey says of X. “May you be blessed.”Deion Sanders won the award in 1988. Travis Hunter will be the overwhelming favorite to win next year, barring an injury. Travis Hunter will join Deon Figures (1992) and Chris Hudson (1994) as the only Buffs to ever win the award if he wins.In the 2023 season, the Colorado Buffaloes had one of the worst offensive lines in college football, which was one of the main reasons Deion Sanders’ team missed out on bowl season. It was arguably one of the reasons why Shedeur Sanders, Coach Prime’s son, was unable to play in the final regular season game.

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But Colorado’s head coach is working hard to ensure that none of that happens in 2024.Sanders has already made significant improvements to the team’s weak position group, first bringing in Jordan Seaton, the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2024 recruiting cycle, and now adding another immediate impact player. According to Nick Kosko of On3, Colorado received a commitment from former Texas and Houston interior lineman Tyler Johnson via the transfer portal on Saturday.Tyler Johnson, who played at the University of Houston and the University of Texas, has decided to switch programs and join the effort to give Shedeur Sanders enough time to pass the ball and give him a chance to win the Heisman Trophy. One of the main reasons the quarterback was not nominated for the country’s most prestigious award is that the team was unable to protect the star long enough for him to shine.

Though Johnson struggled at times as a run blocker, he was a far above-average pass blocker over two seasons with the Cougars at Houston, according to PFF ($). Johnson now joins Seaton and former UConn center and 3-star recruit Yakiri Walker as Buffalo trench newcomers.If Shedeur Sanders returns next season, he should see a lot more time in the pocket. Yes, the offensive line does not appear to be the best in the country, but it should be significantly better than last season.While Deion Sanders’ goal of making the College Football Playoff is highly unlikely, the line should improve significantly, even if it isn’t national championship caliber. That improvement, however, could pave the way for the quarterback to visit New York as a Heisman Trophy contender in 2024.

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Making a bowl game comfortably in the 2024 season should be a realistic goal if Colorado can show this type of drastic improvement beyond just the offensive line. In the long run, that may be more important than Sanders’ Heisman campaign, especially as the Buffs prepare to join the Big 12 next season.However, improving the offensive line can have a number of positive consequences, right?

 

 

 


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