The Montana State University football team is adding a new piece to the defensive core by welcoming former Colorado Buffalo Dante Sparaco to Bozeman.

Sparaco, 6-5, 245 pounds, played in seven games at linebacker and on special teams for the Buffaloes as a freshman in 2017.

Before suffering a season-ending injury, the Englewood, Colorado, product made a total of four tackles in games against Northern Colorado, Colorado State and Texas State.

Sparaco enrolled at CU in January of 2017 and participated in spring practice after a prep career at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Cherry Creek High School in the Denver area and Glenwood Springs High School.

Sparaco’s father, Dino, played for the Bobcats from 1990-92.

“Dante is a big, physical, athletic player,” Head Coach Jeff Choate said. “He has excellent size and length, is a strong player, can play multiple positions and saw significant time in the Pac-12 at Colorado last season. Dante is a legacy and I think he’s an excellent fit for our program.”

The Montana State University Athletic Department contributed to this story.