Owen Daniels Hurt, Might Require Surgery

Coach Barry Alvarez confirmed that quarterback/tight end Owen Daniels will likely require surgery after an injury suffered during Saturday's practice.

Coach Barry Alvarez confirmed following Sunday's practice that Owen Daniels, a backup quarterback that was shifted to tight end at the beginning of bowl practices, might require surgery following a serious knee injury.

Daniels injured his left knee towards the end of Saturday's practice, working with the No. 2 offense.

"He just stepped on a foot," Alvarez said. "A guy was in front of him and he caught the ball and he stepped on a food and twisted that knee. It doesn't look good. He is probably going to need surgery."

The previous day, Daniels was leveled by Ryan Aiello on a pattern across the middle, but got right back up and kept plugging away, trying to shake away the cobwebs. He went on to make a couple of impressive catches later in that practice. But Saturday's injury will likely end Daniels' season and could hamper his progress in the offseason.

Alvarez was clearly disappointed by the loss of Daniels, who would have figured prominently into the Colorado gameplan.

"I was really impressed how he was coming along," Alvarez said. "We were actually working him into the game plan at tight end because we thought it was a natural position and he surprised us, how fast he picked it up and how he ran routes. He gave us some 4.6 speed there where he can give us some separation from linebackers. He can get down the middle in a two deep zone. He can catch the ball and he is smart. We were really fired up on him."

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