CU Buffs position overview: Defensive backs

As true freshmen last fall, Tarik Luckett, Mark Perry and KJ Trujillo went into Colorado’s football season preparing to redshirt.

Luckett, in fact, was expected to not only redshirt, but to spend his days at practice running routes as a receiver.

All three wound up becoming important pieces to the Buffaloes’ secondary.

The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has created stay-at-home orders around the country and uncertainty about the 2020 football season, but CU continues to prepare and BuffZone is previewing each position group for the Buffs. In this installment, we look at the defensive backs.

KJ Trujillo, right, became a starter at cornerback for the Colorado Buffaloes last season.

Season-ending injuries to cornerbacks Mekhi Blackmon and Chris Miller and the mid-season departure of safety Aaron Maddox forced the true freshmen into action last season. They went through growing pains, but also had plenty of good moments.

“I think that will benefit us a lot, just being able to get early experience and we’ve still got plenty of time here at Colorado,” Trujillo said after last season. “So through our next few years, we’ll definitely be prepared.”

Trujillo started seven games at corner last season, while Luckett made two starts late in the year. Perry played as a reserve in the nickel/Star role and made his impact felt during the second half of the season.

When the Buffs return to the field, they’ll have not only the experienced youngsters, who are now sophomores, but the return of their veterans, as Blackmon and Miller should be healthy.

“With Chris and Mekhi coming back, I think we’re going to have a good secondary,” Trujillo said. “They help us out a lot. So we’re going to have a strong, solid secondary, I believe.”

How the secondary puzzle comes together is a mystery, however.