The hits keep coming for Colorado this offseason.

Arguably the team’s best player on the defensive side of the ball—Christian Gonzalez—entered the transfer portal a week ago. On Saturday, one of the Buffs’ most promising young players on the offensive side of the ball followed suit. Second-year freshman wideout Brenden Rice announced he has entered the transfer portal.

Rice, a native of Chandler, Arizona, was a 4-star recruit coming out of the 2020 class. In six games as a true freshman in 2020, he made six receptions for 120 yards and two scores. In 11 games this past season, Rice hauled in 21 receptions for 299 yards and three scores. His 14.2 yards-per-catch average was the best on the team among players who had multiple receptions. For an offense that struggled to find consistency in the passing game, losing Rice is a significant blow.

But beyond that, it’s further attrition to the 2020 class of recruits that Mel Tucker brought to Boulder before he left for Michigan State.

The Buffs signed three wideouts in the 2020 class last month—Grant Page, Chase Sowell, and Jordyn Tyson, all of them 3-stars.