It's hard to practice without a starting quarterback and several of your best runningbacks.
We have been tremendously hampered on offense by all the different lineups we have to use," said Head Coach Gary Barnett after practice Thursday. "It is really frustrating and tough to find any continuity. Right now (the offense) is struggling."
QB Craig Ochs was the latest to miss practice with a blister on his heel. He was joined on the sideline by RB Bobby Purify (groin), RB Brian Calhoun (Knee) and TE Quinn Sypniewski (hamstring). Sr. TE Beau Williams (knee) did return to practice.
An area of concern before fall practices ever began was the offensive line. With the loss of T Victor Rodgers and G Andre Gurode to the NFL, Coach Barnett said that the two vacent spots would be filled with whoever steps it up in practice. Unfortunately, most of the candidates have been dealing with injuries and have missed substantial playing time.
Offensive linemen Clint Werth (knee), Gabe Oderberg (back) and Drew Shader (shoulder) all remained out of action again and have forced several younger Buffs into the lineup. The real problem facing the o-line is that they are not gaining the experience of playing together.
If the Buffs only have two healthy tailbacks and two healthy fullbacks, they may cancel todays closed scrimmage.
The good news out of Boulder was the fact several more Buffs are up for awards. Linebacker Drew Wahlroos was named to the official Dick Butkus award list Thursday and teammate RB Chris Brown became an official candidate for the Doak Walker award.
Brown and Wahlroos join CB Donald Strickland (Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Award), OT Justin Bates (Outland Trophy), OTG/C Wayne Lucier (Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award), LB Joey Johnson (Mosi Tatupu Award), P Mark Mariscal (Mosi Tatupu Award and Ray Guy Award) and DT Tyler Brayton (Outland Trophy) as other official watch list candidates.