Secondary Injuries Come Back To Say Hello To The Buffaloes

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 01: Running back Donnell Alexander #7 of the Colorado State Rams rushes against defensive back Kenneth Crawley #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes and defensive back Terrel Smith #41 of the Colorado Buffaloes as the Rams defeated the Buffs 22-17 in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Here we go again? Man, do I hope not. The Colorado Buffaloes are looking at starting an even more green secondary unit in week two against the Sacramento State Hornets due to injuries sustained against the Rams. Thanks to ankle injuries suffered by senior safety Ray Polk and sophomore cornerback Greg Henderson, who are both listed as day-to-day, Colorado may be in position to start two more true freshmen for at least one more week.

Both players left the Rocky Mountain Showdown with time remaining. Polk's injury in the first half in particular seemed to have an adverse effect on the team as the Buffaloes struggled to slow the Colorado State offense in the second half. If neither can play, the projected secondary lineup for Saturday will look similar to how it did in the fourth quarter against the Rams. Kenny Crawley and true freshman Yuri Wright will man the corner spots. Parker Orms will slide over from the nickelback position to take a safety spot with Terrel Smith and true freshman Marques Mosley will take over the nickel.

Playing from behind almost all game against New Mexico State, Hornets quarterback Garrett Safron set career highs for yards, passes and completions. Saffron finished the game with 308 yards for two touchdowns and one interception in the 49-19 loss to the Aggies.

Jordan Webb was almost dinged up in the game on Saturday with a hip pointer late in the first half and his mobility could again be limited against Sacramento State. Le sigh.

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