A former Colorado football player is clearing the air about his feelings in regards to the Buffaloes football program. Former Colorado running back Alton McCaskill denied a statement allegedly released by his father, that criticized coach Deion Sanders and the football team.

“Statement is not true!!! I don’t not have relations with this man. Please check my page for official statement,” McCaskill said, per his social media.

McCaskill's statement was in response to a social media post, that allegedly came from his father. The statement criticized Colorado football for not using McCaskill more in the team's offense during the 2023 season.

McCaskill finished the 2023 season for Colorado football with 59 yards on 14 carries, per The Spun. The running back is in the transfer portal, after playing one season with the Buffaloes. The tailback also played for Houston football, in his college career, during the 2021 season. McCaskill rushed for 961 yards and 15 touchdowns in his sole season for Houston.

Colorado's losses this offseason

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders on the field against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
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Deion Sanders is already dealing with quite an attrition this offseason from his Colorado football program. At least 11 players have entered the transfer portal, at the time of writing. Colorado has lost a lot of talent on the offensive line, as well as the defensive line and secondary. Wide receiver Tar'Varish Dawson, who was expected to grab a lot of balls for the team this coming season, also decided to leave the program.

It's not all bad news for Colorado football fans, however. The Buffaloes are in the mix for some of the best talent available in the portal, and have visits set with several of their top targets. Colorado football also just added former Ohio State running back Dallan Hayden, per ESPN. Hayden piled up more than 660 rushing yards during his tenure in Columbus. His addition will certainly help the running back room in Boulder.

Colorado's new conference

The Buffaloes are joining the Big 12 conference for 2024 competition, leaving the Pac 12. Arizona, Arizona State and Utah are joining the Buffaloes in the new league. Texas and Oklahoma are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, and there is a void at the top of the Big 12 football standings with those two long-time powers out the door.

Colorado finished 4-8 in Sanders' first season there in 2023. The team started out a promising 3-0, including a win over TCU. Inconsistent play on defense forced the team to stumble down the stretch, losing 8 of their last 9 games. Buffaloes fans and their head coach are certainly expecting better results in Prime Time's second campaign leading the team.

Colorado football starts their 2024 season against North Dakota State on August 29. The team also plays Nebraska and Colorado State in their non conference schedule, before playing their first conference game in the Big 12 against Baylor.