Daniels Out, Harrison In

Starting junior guard Brian Daniels will not play against Miami, head coach Gary Barnett confirmed Tuesday, due to a rib and kidney injury. It looks as though sophomore Edwin Harrison will draw the start in Daniels' place. Inside, an interview with Harrison, and notes from Tuesday's practice.

Team doctors thought it best to keep starting junior guard Brian Daniels out of Saturday's game at Miami after evaluating Daniels Tuesday.

"He's not gonna play," head coach Gary Barnett said after Tuesday's practice.

Daniels suffered a fractured rib and a bruised kidney in the Colorado State game. He didn't play vs. New Mexico State. Barnett said Tuesday Daniels would be back in the lineup vs. Oklahoma State next week.

Though Barnett would not directly say who would start in Daniels' place, it appears sophomore Edwin Harrison will get the nod. Redshirt-freshman Daniel Sanders started for Daniels vs. NMSU. It's likely both Sanders and Harrison will see time at guard Saturday, along with starting tackles Clint O'Neal and Tyler Polumbus, center Mark Fenton and split guard Jack Tipton. Expect backup center Bryce MacMartin and guard/center Gary Moore to see action, as well.

Harrison was set to challenge for a starting position last April, but injured a shoulder and missed spring ball. Harrison, one of the strongest players on the team in the weightroom, came along slowly in August camp, but said Tuesday he's at 100-percent physically.

If Harrison draws the start, it would be his first as a Buffalo. BSN spoke to Harrison after Tuesday's practice.

Q: Are you ready to get some serious playing time Saturday?
Edwin Harrison:
Yeah. It's going to be a big day for me. A big day for us as a team. But I've been looking forward to this day for quite some time. Now I've got my chance.

Q: Have they told you you're going to be starting, or if Daniel Sanders will start?
As of now, I will start the game. Depending on how the game goes, they'll change things up and switch guys in.

Q: Are you totally, 100-percent back strength-wise from your shoulder situation in the offseason?
Everything is ready to go. It had been a deal of my confidence level. Not really my shoulder, it was more of a mental aspect, than a physical one.

I've pretty much got the game plan covered, and have figured out how (Miami) plays on defense. I'm just ready to play.

Q: When did that confidence start coming back for you?
I think it probably started going into New Mexico State week. Borbs had mentioned to me at the beginning of summer camp how the mental aspect was going to (be more of a challenge) than the physical one. He was right.

Q: Talk to me about Miami's defense and what you've seen of them.
Without a doubt, they're a great defense. Orien Harris who is playing defensive tackle is a great player. He moves well, he's very athletic for his size. They've got a great linebacking corps. All their linebackers can just fly across the field from sideline to sideline.

It's gonna be a challenge for us. But as long as we get hats on hats, everything should take care of itself.

Q: A lot has been made about Colorado having to play in the heat in south Florida. You being from Texas, is that a big deal?
You know, being up here for three years kind of gets you out of (being used to that kind of heat). But, you know, I think people are making more of a deal of it than it needs to be. We're not about to go play the heat, we're about to go play the Miami Hurricanes. That's how we're approaching it.

Ticket Update
CU had sold roughly 1,680 of its 3,800 allotment for the Miami game as of Tuesday morning, according to CU officials. Mike Bohn said he expected the total number to reach close to 2,000.

Road Whites
Contrary to a current rumor, CU will not wear all-black uniforms Saturday at Miami. NCAA rules state a home team must inform a visitor weeks in advance if they want the visitor to wear dark uniforms. Miami did not make that request.

Barnett said CU will wear whites, probably all whites.

Travel Plans
The Colorado team will leave the Dal Ward Center at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Their plane is scheduled to leave DIA at 10 a.m. The Buffs plan on a walk-through at the Orange Bowl at 4:15 p.m. and will get to their hotel by 6 p.m. Friday evening.

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