Scott Cutley, who was in danger of losing his final year of eligibility due to a broken ankle suffered on the second day of practice on October 13th, was cleared to practice, head coach Bob Burton said Thursday.
"It was the best possible news we could have gotten," Burton said in regards to Cutley's status.
Cutley led the Big West in rebounding last season at 9.5 per game and was the No. 5 scorer at 15.6 points per game so losing him was a huge blow to the team. The Titans, however, have responded with a 3-0 start but are on the road to face the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday and the Montana Grizzlies on Friday.
"The doctor cautioned us to take it easy with him as it could be anywhere from 95 to 100 percent healed," said Burton. "We're going to take it slow and he is not in shape enough to play right now so we might have to sit him this week (against Arizona and Montana) for the big picture type of thing."
After the Montana game, the Titans have another week off to prepare for finals before going on the road again to face Central Michigan on December 8th. Cal State Fullerton returns home on December 17 versus Southern Utah.
Even though Cutley was fully cleared, he only participated in non-contact drills his first day back.
"It's a fragile deal right now. We'll see how it goes," Burton said. "My whole thing is going to keep him out as much as possible during the year to minimize his risk of getting hurt again."