Jarek Broussard atop CU Buffs depth chart at running back – The Denver Post

Colorado’s Jarek Broussard is listed as the No. 1 tailback on the depth chart going into Saturday’s opener against UCLA.

Sophomore tailback Jarek Broussard was routinely praised by Colorado coaches and players during the past few weeks as the Buffaloes went through preseason camp.

It appears Broussard was impressive enough to earn his first career start.

On Monday, the Buffs released their depth chart for Saturday’s opener against UCLA (5 p.m., TV: ESPN2), and it included Broussard as the No.1 tailback.

Last year’s leading rusher, junior Alex Fontenot, is on the injury list with an undisclosed injury, and Broussard appears to have earned the right to take the first snaps against the Bruins.

Now in his third year with the Buffs, Broussard has yet to play a game at CU, as he redshirted in 2018 and missed the 2019 season with a knee injury. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound sophomore from Dallas flashed skills in practice, however, that reminded running backs coach Darian Hagan of former CU star Rodney Stewart – the third-leading rusher in program history.

“Broussard has come a long way,” Hagan said last week. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He knows exactly what he’s doing. And he brings a different element to the game. He’s a real jitterbug. He’s a guy that he can take it to the house, he can make guys miss in the open field. That’s the guy that we’ve been missing. We’ve been missing a back like that.”

Fontenot rushed for 874 yards and five touchdowns last season, while Jaren Mangham added 441 yards and three touchdowns. Now a sophomore, Mangham is listed second on the depth chart, with sophomore Joe Davis third and true freshmen Ashaad Clayton and Jayle Stacks fourth and fifth, respectively.

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“I think I’m comfortable playing everybody and that’s what everybody wants to hear,” Hagan said. “They want an opportunity and I’m going to try to make sure that that happens.”

Secondary shakeup

Aside from tailback, the biggest change on the depth chart from pre-camp to now is in the secondary.