It's hard for a coach to know where his players are at when they can't practice. That's the problem Head Coach Gary Barnett is experiencing with his offensive line.
The Buffs are trying to replace two of the best o-linemen CU has ever seen in G Andre Gurode and T Victor Rodgers, but can't keep guys healthy to establish any continuity.
"Truthfully, we're struggling. Every time we do a different drill we have a different line up. It is really frustrating." said Barnett after Wednesdays practice.
Two of the players dealing with injuries include Jr. T Clint Werth (Knee) and Fr. G Drew Shader (Shoulder). Both players missed practice again and the CU training staff has not seen much improvement in their injuries. Werth is listed as the number two tight tackle on the CU preseason depth chart behind 6'-6", 300 pound Sr. Rawle King.
Shader, who is listed as the number one split guard on the depth chart, had a MRI done on his shoulder and the results were negative. Even with that, the red-shirt freshman is not healthy enough to practice.
Other injuries include Jr. TE Quinn Sypniewski, who is having a hard time coming back from a hamstring injury. Sypniewski returned to practice Weds. morning, but tweeked the injury again and did not practice in the afternoon session. Sypniewski was supposed to challenge Sr. TE Beau Williams for the starting tight end postition. Williams has seen limited action due to a knee injury.
Good news from the MASH unit. Defensive tackle Tyler Brayton sprained medial collateral knee ligament, sustained Tuesday, was not severe and the senior participated at full strength Weds. and WR D.J. Hackett, who has been bothered by a nagging knee injury, also practiced at full strength.