The Colorado football team is adding an experienced walk-on to its defense.

On Friday, head coach Mel Tucker announced that Brendan Pyne, a graduate transfer from Brown University, will join the Buffs in January.

A 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker at Brown, Pyne has one year of eligibility remaining.

Former Brown linebacker Brendan Pyne, who ...
Former Brown linebacker Brendan Pyne, who played prep football at IMG Academy, has been added to Colorado’s football roster as a transfer walk-on.

“He’s a highly productive defensive player,” Tucker said on “He plays multiple positions; he could play inside linebacker or at our star position.  I’ve known about him all the way back to his days at IMG, where he was a team captain. He’ll come in and compete for playing time. We’re very excited about him.”

A three-year starter at Brown, he led the Bears in tackles this past season. Over the last three years, he had 178 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a sack, along with six pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Prior to Brown, Pyne played two seasons at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Pyne’s great grandfather, George Pyne II, played in the NFL for the Providence Steam Rollers in 1931; his grandfather, George Pyne III, played for the NFL’s Boston Patriots in 1965; and his father went through training camp with the New York Giants. His uncle, Jim Pyne, was an All-American at Virginia Tech before a nine-year NFL career.

Pyne’s younger brother, Drew, is a four-star prospect who signed with Notre Dame this week.

“I’m excited to go Colorado and to play for Mel Tucker,” Pyne said. “I always dreamed of playing in the Power 5, and I decided to take a chance on myself.  I’m looking forward to being the best teammate I can be and help win football games.”