Buffs Lose Two Offensive Linemen

Two offensive linemen have left the Colorado football program. Carl Zoellner left the program in May and Garrett Collins left the team earlier this month.

Garrett Collins was a highly recruited lineman out of Littleton's Columbine High School in 2004. He was ranked as the No. 31 offensive line prospect that year by Scout.com.

Reached at his home today, Collins said he wanted to transfer and continue playing football, but he wasn't yet sure where he would pursue that. He declined to say why he left the CU program. Collins said he told coaches of his decision in the past couple weeks.

Carl Zoellner was a sophomore walk-on from Texas, who spent the spring at No. 2 on the depth chart at split tackle. Collins saw time in the spring at guard, backing up junior Brian Daniels.

The players' departures leave nine experienced offensive linemen on the CU roster heading into fall camp. Currently, redshirt-freshman Daniel Sanders is penciled in at No. 2 at both guard positions, and senior Gary Moore No. 2 at both tackle positions.

Sophomore Edwin Harrison is coming off shoulder surgery (March 10), and should compete for a starting position with junior Jack Tipton at split guard. Juco transfer Bryce MacMartin spent the spring as a backup center, but could possibly play guard, too.

Others on the depth chart are starters Clint O'Neal (tight tackle), Mark Fenton (center) and Tyler Polumbus (split tackle).

While it's extremely rare for offensive linemen to play as true freshmen, incoming linemen Devin Head, Paul Backowski or Jeremy Hauck could be forced into the two-deep roster, following Collins' and Zoellner's departure.


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