Dorrell Says Buffs Will Evaluate QB Situation
BOULDER — While there are plenty of issues Karl Dorrell's Colorado Buffaloes will need to address in the upcoming week, foremost on most people's minds is what the Buffs will do with their quarterback position.
Brendon Lewis got the starting call in Friday night's 38-13 loss to Texas Christian while backup J.T. Shrout played one series in the first half, then several in the fourth quarter.
Lewis finished 13-for-18 for 78 yards and led CU to a pair of field goals. Shrout finished 13-for-23 for 157 yards and produced Colorado's only touchdown of the night, a 23-yard scoring pass to Jordyn Tyson with 1:13 left in the game.
"We'll continue to work through it," Dorrell said after the game. "We're going to get some film evaluation on both and see what we do from this point forward."
Dorrell said both quarterbacks had good moments and both made mistakes. Lewis also finished as CU's leading rusher, picking up 42 yards on eight carries, with his long pass of the night a 25-yard completion to Daniel Arias on CU's opening drive. That march ended at the TCU 15-yard line when Colorado came up short on a fourth-and-1 try.
Shrout's long pass of the night was a 35-yard toss to Arias that helped the Buffs move from deep in their own territory late in the first half. He then moved Colorado into what could have been scoring position before a holding penalty pushed the Buffs back into their own territory.
"We'll do what's best moving forward," Dorrell said. "I don't think Brendon played poorly. He made a few plays. He did some things with his legs. He had some throws. He wasn't perfect, though, and neither was J.T. We'll watch the tape and assess both of them."
BUFFS BITS: The loss was CU's first in a season opener since 2015 … CU is now 19-27 in Friday games … The kickoff was delayed 45 minutes because of lightning in the area … Three Buffs made their first career starts for Colorado: center Austin Johnson, wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig and OL Tommy Brown … Arias matched his career high with four catches … Jordyn Tyson became the first true freshman in CU history to catch a TD pass in the season opener when he caught a 23-yard scoring pass from Shrout late in the fourth quarter … Lewis has now thrown 150 consecutive passes without an interception, the third-longest stretch in CU history, trailing Steven Montez (172) and Sefo Liufau (152).