Colorado Safety Aaron Maddox Has Entered the Transfer Portal

Tully Corcoran

Colorado safety Aaron Maddox has entered the transfer portal, according to numerous reports. A junior from North Augusta, S.C., Maddox was a junior college transfer when he joined the Buffaloes last year. 

He mainly played on special teams as a sophomore but started the first three games of the season at safety for Colorado this year. He played 179 snaps, recording 22 tackles and two forced fumbles in Colorado's first three games.

But he suffered a leg laceration in an overtime loss to Air Force and hasn't played since. He was listed as "out" for Colorado's game at Washington State on Saturday, but the reason was marked as "undisclosed," so you knew something was up. 

Although Maddox wasn't a star for the Colorado defense -- it's debatable whether such a thing exists on a team that gives up this many yards -- he was an experienced defensive back for a team that is suddenly paper thin in that area. 

The Buffaloes are playing multiple true freshmen on defense now, including cornerback KJ Trujillo, as they try to manage a wave of injuries that has wrecked a defense that was already one of the worst in the country. 

Colorado ranks 129th (out of 130) in passing yards allowed. 

Long-term, this is not a huge blow for CU. The Buffaloes will be able to find a suitable replacement for Maddox by next year. But the situation on defense for the Buffaloes is probably not salvageable for the rest of the 2019 season.