CU Buffs’ Sam Noyer not resting on early success as USC showdown approaches

The Thanksgiving turkey has yet to be devoured and Black Friday is still a few days away, but Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer used some unexpected time off last week to get a Christmas tree in his apartment.

“My mom was like, ‘You’re probably not home for Christmas this year, so why don’t you get a Christmas tree and set it up,'” Noyer said at a virtual press conference Monday. “So I went out and did it this weekend.”

Yet another example of Noyer being prepared this fall.

The senior was exceptional during his first two games as a starter, threw for 512 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and three scores for the Buffs (2-0). Noyer and CU visit No. 19 in Southern California Saturday (1:36 p.m. MST, TV: ABC) and he’s not relaxing because of his hot start.

“You can never feel so comfortable in this position,” he said. “Every day can change. I’m playing bad next week and there’s the possibility that Tyler will come in. “

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 14: Sam Noyer # 4 of the Colorado Buffaloes falls back to pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the first quarter of their NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Noyer and junior Tyler Lytle competed for the job in the preseason camp, and coaches said the competition was exceptionally close. If Noyer wants to keep the job, he has to keep playing well, he said.

“I have to have the mindset to take it every day and get better every day,” he said. “I can’t feel comfortable, as I said, because if I’m too comfortable things can happen and I don’t want to. I have to prepare as I have prepared from day one since I set foot again. “

Part of Noyer’s success so far has been down to his aggressive running style, including a few times trying to jump over defenders. He said he was off last week – after Arizona State had to cancel the game due to COVID-19 issues – helping his body rest.

“Everyone really, I think it helps to get our bodies back in order, but overall I think my body is doing really well,” he said.

While Noyer has said he should be smarter about avoiding contact – and head coach Karl Dorrell agrees – he added that human nature will be difficult to control.

“When the adrenaline is running, I just react,” he said. “I probably shouldn’t be as on the air as I’ve been, but if I need that first I’m going to make it and I think you’ll still see that.”

In addition to resting, Noyer said last week it was beneficial as the Buffs are entering a big game with the Trojans. USC and Colorado are the only undefeated teams in the Pac-12 South division.

“I think it has given us extra time to prepare for a great SC team and I think guys have taken every day as another opportunity to prepare and get better,” said Noyer. “I don’t think guys have really taken a step back. I think a lot of people can take a step back in situations like that, but I think our team handled it really well and I think Coach Dorrell did a great job handling the whole situation well. I think we have generally prepared well and now we are back in a real game and ready to go. “

Noyer thanks his relationship with offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini and quarterbacks Danny Langsdorf for preparing him every week.

“I think those two are doing a great job together putting me and our attack in the best position to win with their calls and their game plan,” said Noyer. “We have built a great relationship. We meet a lot, we talk a lot and I think it will only keep growing. “

Because Noyer excelled, he got a lot of support from CU fans, as well as from his family and friends from Beaverton, Oregon. He enjoyed it, but don’t let it get to his head.

“That (support) is important to me and my family, but I can’t ride the high horse,” he said. “I just have to understand it’s great, thank you for clearly supporting me at home, but at the same time I have work to do and I need to get better.”