Brendon Lewis is in the driver’s seat in Colorado’s quarterback competition.

According to BuffStampede’s Adam Munsterteiger, Karl Dorrell views the third-year quarterback as the leader to win CU’s starting spot as the team readies for fall camp. Speaking at the Casotti Classic Golf Tournament in Erie this week, Dorrell also said JT Shrout is healthy and ready to roll for fall camp.

The Colorado quarterback competition will be something worth monitoring as the season draws closer.

Lewis played in just one game during the 2020 season—the Alamo Bowl against Texas—before being thrust into a starting role during the 2021 season.

Same as the rest of the offense, he struggled. The blame doesn’t all rest on the quarterback’s shoulders, but he’ll need to show improvement in 2021. Lewis completed less than 60% of his pass attempts and very rarely looked downfield. As a team, Colorado had the fourth-worst passing success rate in all of football last season.

Shrout missed the season with a torn ACL after spending three seasons with Tennessee. With the Volunteers, he played in eight games with one start. Across those appearances, he completed 37 of his 69 attempts (54%) for 494 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

To help overhaul the offense, Colorado welcomes four new offensive assistants to the coaching staff this season. Mike Sanford (offensive coordinator), Phil McGeoghan (wideouts), Clay Patterson (tight ends, passing game coordinator), and Kyle DeVan (offensive line) have all joined the team since the end of the 2021 season.

The Buffs begin the new year on Friday, Sept. 2, against TCU at Folsom Field.