Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Steven Montez
Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 29 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 36 | Fans: No. 34
Montez might be a year away from being ready to take the reigns of the starting quarterback job, and his performance through the first three-fourths of the spring game left a lot to be desired, but he has the best physical tools of any quarterback to enter the program in a long time. Montez has a cannon for an arm and the ability to pick up large chunks of yards on the ground with his long stride. He just needs to continue to gain experience at the college level, which should eventually allow him to play less hesitant behind center.
Junior Wide Receiver Bryce Bobo
Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 28 | Tyler Ziskin: NR | Fans: No. 29
Despite missing much of spring ball due to a hamstring injury, Bobo is currently listed atop the depth chart at X-receiver. He will have plenty of competition during preseason camp, though, with many expecting blue chip Junior College signee Juwann Winfree to win the starting gig. And Kabion Ento, another Junior College addition, turned heads at X-receiver during his first spring with the Buffs. Bobo, who caught a total of 47 passes as an underclassman, has the talent to be one of the Buffs' top targets but he needs to be more consistent in practice.
Sophomore Nose Tackle Jase Franke
Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 37 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 27 | Fans: No. 31
Franke got his feet wet by playing 118 defensive snaps at defensive tackle during his redshirt freshman campaign. He moved inside to nose tackle and is expected to serve as Josh Tupou's back-up this fall. At 6-foot-3, 275-pounds, Franke does not have the ideal girth to man the middle in Jim Leavitt's 3-4 scheme, however, he presents problems with his quickness in the role. He will be a change of pace from the 6-foot-3, 325-pound Tupou.
Sophomore Inside Linebacker Rick Gamboa
Voting Breakdown: Adam Munsterteiger: No. 36 | Tyler Ziskin: No. 30 | Fans: No. 24
It might seem strange that the Buffaloes' leading tackler in 2015 is not listed higher on this list, but if Addison Gillam can find a way to stay on the field this season (albeit a big if), Gamboa will be in a back-up role at the Mike linebacker position. With Gillam sidelined last fall, Gamboa used his high football IQ to rack up 96 stops as a redshirt freshman. Jim Leavitt trusts Gamboa, but his lack of speed presented problems at times last season.