Powell responds with his best game

With one running back out with a concussion, sophomore running back Christian Powell returned to his home state of California last Saturday against UCLA and turned in his best performance of the season.

The Colorado coaching staff have been working all season to improve the Buffs rushing attack.

They turned to true freshman Michael Adkins to add some much needed speed to the their attack and that move has been paying off dividends until Adkins went out of the Arizona game with a concussion.

Instead of panicking with the absence of Adkins, Coach Mike MacIntyre and the CU coaching staff turned to one of the backs that was listed as the starter going into the season in sophomore Christian Powell.

Powell, who is 6-foot-0 and 235-pound athlete, is a more physical back than a speed back such as Adkins.

Powell stepped up in against UCLA this past Saturday night turning in his most impressive performance of the season.

Powell, an Upland California native, rushed for 97 yards on 22 attempts with a long run of 13 yards in his homecoming to his home state.

BuffPlayBook.com and other local media got the chance to visit with Powell at Tuesday mornings practice to get his take on his performance.

When asked if he felt like he had to step up in Adkins absence, Powell gave this response.

"Not really, I knew we have a lot of good backs on this team," Powell said. "I just wanted to do my best for my team and teammates."

Powell ran with proverbial chip on his shoulder.

"There are times when you have that mentality that you won't be denied," Powell said. "I try to carry that over in every game, I guess you can see it more in some games more than others."

Powell was slowed down earlier in the season with a leg injury, it's apparent he is completely healthy.

"My thigh is feeling good right now," Powell said. "I'm over that now."

According to Coach MacIntyre in his Tuesday's press conference, Adkins hopefully will be back this week, allowing the Buffs to have a dual attack.

"Both backs gives us something different," MacIntyre explained. "With Michael's speed we might have broke some longer players the other night. We ran the ball well and with Christian and Michael it gives us the best of both of physicality and speed."

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