Sam Noyer packed up his stuff in December and departed Colorado for what he thought was the final time.
His driving ambition: To be a beginning quarterback someplace after the Buffaloes transformed him to security final season.
Noyer’s winding street led him proper again to the place he started.
Re-recruited by a brand new teaching employees, the senior returned to Boulder and is within the combine to be beneath middle. He is locked in a good competitors with junior Tyler Lytle for the beginning job in opposition to UCLA on Nov. 7, when the Pac-12 lastly opens a season delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the event you would’ve instructed me I might come again right here for this final season, I might’ve mentioned you’re loopy,” mentioned Noyer, who entered the graduate switch portal after incomes his diploma in strategic communication in December. “However now it’s the proper alternative.”
This time, the scenario feels much more like a bona fide quarterback competitors.
In years previous, Noyer was going in opposition to some heavyweights in Sefo Liufau (throughout Noyer’s redshirt season) after which Steven Montez. Liufau and Montez turned in prolific careers whereas at Colorado.
Final season, Noyer began fall camp as one of many backups behind Montez. However he and then-coach Mel Tucker determined his change to security would bolster that facet of the ball.
Noyer ended up enjoying in 11 video games, primarily on particular groups. He took a complete of 24 defensive snaps and recorded no stats.
However he did earn this specific distinction: Turning into the sixth participant at Colorado since 1965 to letter at quarterback, change positions and earn one other letter at his new place.
Nonetheless, he needed one other shot beneath middle.
“My coronary heart has all the time been at quarterback,” mentioned Noyer, who was a prime prospect out of Beaverton Excessive in Oregon as he threw for two,801 yards and 28 touchdowns his senior yr. “That’s the place I’ve felt most snug, is throwing the rock. I’m very snug at this place.”
After the season/commencement, Noyer returned house to Oregon so he may discover his choices. He labored out and visited some doable touchdown spots.
In February, Tucker bolted for Michigan State after one season in Boulder.
As soon as Karl Dorrell took over this system, passing recreation coordinator/QB coach Danny Langsdorf reached out to Noyer together with offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini.
“It was the proper alternative for me to return again right here and compete for the job,” Noyer mentioned. “I’ve had a chip on my shoulder ever since I moved to security and determined to return again. I’m going to earn all the things. I don’t need something given to me.”
The competitors is fierce to take over for Montez, who amassed a school-best 10,609 yards of whole offense over his profession earlier than turning into a member of the Washington Soccer Group’s observe squad. His whole surpassed that of Liufau (10,509, 2013-16).
Noyer stays involved with each of them.
“Studying beneath these two guys has actually helped me,” the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Noyer mentioned. “They’ve given me quite a lot of recommendation.”
Lytle was one of many backups final season, seeing motion in three video games and throwing one go. Freshman Brendon Lewis is also making a robust case to start out. He is a extremely touted dual-threat prospect out of Melissa, Texas.
Noyer has logged time at quarterback for the Buffaloes, finishing 21 of 41 passes for 179 yards and two interceptions in ‘17 and ’18. He is additionally utilizing what he realized in his function as a defensive again to achieve an edge.
“Now that I do know the mindset of defenders, and the general grand scheme of issues, it positively helps me,” Noyer mentioned. “I can inform an enormous distinction in recognizing coverages and recognizing tendencies and methods they’re utilizing.”
Langsdorf has familiarity with Noyer given the longtime coach’s ties to the state of Oregon (Langsdorf was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Oregon State from 2005-13).
“We’re glad he’s again and with us. We’re excited,” mentioned Langsdorf, who was introduced on board by Dorrell on March 4. “He hasn’t missed a beat by way of the quarterback a part of his job.”
Noyer, who turned 23 final week, anticipated being in this sort of QB race — simply perhaps not in Boulder.
“I’m loving it,” Noyer mentioned. “There’s a purpose why I got here right here within the first place. I invested quite a lot of time and constructed quite a lot of relationships over time. It felt like I used to be coming again house.”