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Authors: Jon Pilsner

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

go.”

“We’ll see how he progresses before we make any decisions,”

Lubick said.

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

ankle.

Practice notes:

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

chart.

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