Former NFL lineman Phil Loadholt is coming to Boulder to work with Coach Prime.
BuffZone confirmed Wednesday night through multiple sources that Colorado head coach Deion Sanders has hired Loadholt to coach the Buffaloes’ offensive line.
The former Oklahoma analyst and Minnesota Vikings starter is replacing Bill O’Boyle, who left this week to coach the linemen at San Diego State.
Loadholt has been an offensive line analyst at Oklahoma the past two seasons. He held a similar role at Mississippi from 2020-21.
In a video posted by Thee Pregame Show on Wednesday, Sanders said he had already hired an offensive line coach, but didn’t say who has been hired.
Although he didn’t mention Loadholt, Sanders said this about his new line coach: “Offensive line position has already been filled. A guy with plenty of experience, plenty wherewithal, able to communicate to all the kids from top to bottom. Track record is wonderful. Where he derived from is a tremendous Power 5, and I love everything about it. When he interviewed with me, he knocked it out of the park. He’s ready and prepared. As a matter of fact, he’s already in house.”
Loadholt, listed as 6-foot-8, 345 pounds as a player, went to Fountain-Fort Carson High School. He then played two seasons at Garden City (Kan.) Community College before transferring to Oklahoma.
In 2007, he was first-team All-Big 12 with the Sooners, starting all 14 games at left tackle. In 2008, he blocked for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford, as well as two 1,000-yard rushers.
A second-round draft choice of the Vikings in 2009, Loadholt played seven seasons (2009-15), playing in 89 games and starting in all of them. He missed the entire 2015 season with a torn Achilles’ tendon and then retired in the summer of 2016.
Loadholt helped the Vikings reach the NFC title game in 2009 and then in 2012 blocked for Adrian Peterson, who came up nine yards short of breaking the NFL’s single-season rushing record.
Current CU assistant Pat Shurmur was hired as an assistant coach with the Vikings in 2016, so he and Loadholt were with the Vikings together for a few months before Loadholt’s retirement. Loadholt played his final two seasons in the NFL for head coach Mike Zimmer, who is a close friend of Coach Prime. Zimmer’s nephew, Andrew, is on CU’s coaching staff.