The CSU football team continues practice this week, leading up
to the first game of the season against Colorado at 6 p.m. Saturday
at Folsom Field in Boulder.
The team has used this week to prepare for CU, by using a scout
team against the first-team offense and defense to help familiarize
itself with potential CU plays and formations.
CSU wrapped up the first week of practice during normal classes
this past week, capping it off with a “mock game” Saturday at Sonny
Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
The mock game, which coaches used to practice a variety of
different game situations, also gave players the opportunity to see
new stadium refinements, which included 4,400 more seats and two
new high-tech scoreboards.
The past week has also given injured players time to rest and
recuperate. The most significant injury is that of running back
Jimmy Green, who has been sidelined with an ankle sprain. Green has
practiced with the team but has not worn full pads and does not
participate in most contact drills or scrimmages.
Head coach Sonny Lubick said Green was going to practice more
this week to test out the ankle. Running backs coach Mick Delaney
said Green would play only if “he was a 100 percent ready to
“We’ll see how he progresses before we make any decisions,”
Running back Marcus Houston, who suffered from a
“gastrointestinal virus,” according to Gary Ozzello, senior
associate athletic director, missed the latter part of last week’s
practice. Ozzello also said Houston had not lost any serous weight
during the illness. He returned to the team Saturday and resumed
normal practice this week. He is expected to be 100 percent for the
CU game this weekend.
“We’ll play at least three running backs this weekend,” Lubick
said. “Who starts may not be the one who plays the most. None of
the backs have separated themselves.”
Other offensive injuries include receiver Johnny Walker, who has
worn a red “no contact” jersey during the past two weeks of
practice. Walker has had problems with his shoulder but is expected
to play against CU, lining up opposite David Anderson.
The news is not as good for linebacker Landon Jones. Jones, who
injured his hamstring early in fall practice, is not expected to
suit up for the CU game. Linebackers Courtney Jones, Jahmal Hall
and Luke Adkins are expected to start.
Starting defensive end Jonathan Simon missed Monday’s practice
but returned to the field on Tuesday. He was nursing a sprained
Lubick said Jeff Babcock may continue punting duties this
weekend at CU, expressing a desire to use the experienced veteran.
Redshirt freshman Jimmy Kaylor has challenged Babcock this
preseason. Babcock handled both place kicking and punting duties
for CSU last year. Kaylor is expected to be the starting punter for
the remainder of the season.
Anderson is expected to handle both kick and punt returning for
the Rams this weekend. He will replace Dexter Wynn, who graduated
and was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles this summer.
Defensive tackle Delroy Parke is expected to play both defensive
line and offensive line for CSU this weekend. Parke has been
practicing with the first-team defense and the second-team offense.
He is listed behind offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg on the depth