Ethan Todd, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound inside linebacker that recently graduated from Battle Ground Varsity in Franklin, Tenn., is among the walk-ons that will join the herd in early September.
“I lived down in California initially and there was always a hype around Colorado,” Todd said when asked what attracted him to Boulder. “I didn't really know for sure that is where I wanted to go until I went on a visit, though.
“Once I got there, it just seemed like the perfect place for me and my personality. It is gorgeous and everyone seems so nice. And then the football part, they have amazing facilities and the coaches seem awesome. [Head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre is someone I felt like I wanted to play for.”
It was a connection one of Todd's coaches in Tennessee had with MacIntyre that helped open the door for him with the Buffs.
“One of my coaches, Coach David Peden, grew up with Coach MacIntyre in Tennessee,” Todd said. “So when I visited there, I got to meet with them and they looked at my tape and they decided to give me the walk-on opportunity.”
Todd is expected to practice at middle linebacker once he joins the Buffs' roster this fall. He has good instincts and is known as a sure-tackler.
“I also play with a lot of intensity. I never let up,” he said. “I give absolutely 100 percent every time I am on the field. I think that definitely makes me stand out.”
Todd does not have to depart for Boulder for another month, but he is already anxious to make his way to campus.
“I just want to get up there as soon as possible,” he said. “Of course I love my family but it is time for me to start the next chapter. I am just super pumped about the whole opportunity to go to school and play football in Boulder.”