Following Wednesday's practice, both head coach Gary Barnett and defensive line coach Bill Inge indicated true freshman George Hypolite will draw the duty.
"We feel confident in what George can bring us," Inge said. "He's had playing experience. He's fundamentally sound. He's sudden. We feel very confident."
Hypolite turned heads in August camp with his combination of size (270 pounds) and athleticism (at that weight and standing 6-foot-2, he can dunk a basketball). He earned a spot in the two-deep at defensive tackle, and has played 82 snaps over four games.
Inge said Hypolite's quickness will benefit him on the edge. Inge also said Hypolite could also see time on the interior line Saturday, as well.
"He's going to see the same kind of blocking (at either position)," Inge said. "We've got to make sure George is coached up to know both positions."
Barrett is out six weeks.
"They have a Jamaal Charles named Hugh Charles, who is averaging over five yards a carry," Brown said. "That's a sophomore that can fly, so they are able to run the ball."
Asked to compare the wto players Wednesday, Barnett said, "I think his guy (Jamaal Charles) is a little bigger. But I think of Hugh as being more of a jitterbug guy and his guy being more of a down hill guy. The one run he made against Oklahoma, he just spun and broke a couple of tackles. He's fast.
"I've probably spent more time watching his guy, and he's probably spent more time watching my guy."
For further comparison:
Hugh Charles, So., Southlake (Keller), Texas
Rushing: 92-487, 5.3 ypc, 97.4 ypg, 5 TD
Receiving: 13 catches, 139 yards, 1 TD
Jamaal Charles, 6-1, 190, Fr., Port Arthur (Memorial), Texas
Rushing: 64-563, 8.8 ypc, 112.6 ypg, 6TD
Receiving: 10 catches, 124 yards, 1 TD
Making Up Time
The Buffs have been trying to make up the hour of practice time they lost Monday due to rain. They went 20 minutes longer Wednesday, and Barnett said they'll go a bit longer than normal Thursday, as well.