From left: University of Colorado Boulder Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach Connor Boyd and Assistant Coach/Cornerbacks Demetrice Martin during practice on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
From left: University of Colorado Boulder Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach Connor Boyd and Assistant Coach/Cornerbacks Demetrice Martin during practice on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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Colorado is losing one of its top assistants to a conference rival.

On Thursday, Oregon announced that it has hired Demetrice Martin as its cornerbacks coach. Martin has been the cornerbacks coach for the Buffaloes the past two years.

Martin, called “Coach Meat” by his players and peers, was hired March 1, 2020, by CU head coach Karl Dorrell.

“I Can’t Even Act Like I’m Not Sick,” CU cornerback Mekhi Blackmon wrote on Twitter. “Meat IS The Best Coach I’ve Had.”

Blackmon, a fifth-year junior, had his best season in 2020 under Martin and played well this year when he was healthy. Second-year freshman Christian Gonzalez has also played exceptionally well under Martin.

Known as a top-notch recruiter, Martin has bolstered CU’s secondary with six cornerbacks in the two classes the Dorrell staff has put together. This past year, the true freshman trio of Kaylin Moore, Nikko Reed and Tyrin Taylor played well and showed promise for the future.

Last week, CU signed three corners to the 2022 class: Simeon Harris, Keyshon Mills and Joshua Wiggins.

Oregon will be Martin’s sixth stop in the Pac-12. He was a graduate assistant at Southern California (2006-07) and has coached defensive backs at Washington (2009-11), UCLA (2012-17), Arizona (2018-19) and Colorado.

Martin is the third assistant that Dorrell will replace this offseason.

In October, CU fired offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue, and then fired offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini last month. In the past week, Dorrell has hired Mike Sanford as offensive coordinator and Kyle DeVan as offensive line coach.

Martin was in the second year of a two-year contract with CU that expires Feb. 14. Per the terms of his contract, Martin would owe the Buffs $100,000 for taking another NCAA assistant job during the term of his agreement, plus another $50,000 for taking an assistant job in the Pac-12.