La’Vontae Shenault can “absolutely” return to CU Buffs, coach Karl Dorrell says

BOULDER — If La’Vontae Shenault wants to rejoin the CU Buffs, coach Karl Dorrell will welcome him with open arms. Open arms and conditions.

“Sure he does,” Dorrell said Tuesday when asked if Shenault, the Buffs receiver and younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars wideout and former CU star Laviska Shenault, has an opportunity to return from an indefinite suspension.

“I believe in rehabilitation. I do. But he’s got some stipulations that he’s got (to do to) show us that he wants to be back. Absolutely.”

Dorrell and the university announced Monday that the younger Shenault, a 6-foot-2 freshman, had been suspended indefinitely for violating team and athletic department rules.

The CU coach did not offer details as to length of Shenault’s suspension, which began during last weekend’s game with Texas A&M, or the root cause of the punishment.

Shenault caught two passes for 23 yards against UNC in the Buffs’ season-opener on Sept. 3. CU (1-1) hosts Minnesota (1-1) on 11 a.m. Saturday at Folsom Field.

It’s the third suspension the Buffs wideout has incurred since Dorrell was hired in Feburary 2020.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said Dorrell, who’s 5-3 over his first eight tilts as the Buffs’ head coach. “We won’t jeopardize — I will not jeopardize — how we run our program. I don’t care who you are. It may be an All-American who gets in trouble … (if) something happens, guess what? They’re going to pay the penalty.”

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