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Colorado Buffaloes lose Alex Kinney with collarbone injury

The Buffs captain will likely miss the season.

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes punter and co-captain Alex Kinney left Saturday’s game against Nebraska with a broken collarbone and is likely out for the year according to writer Brian Howell.

With the Buffaloes leading 14-7 late in the 1stquarter, Kinney suffered the injury while trying to make a tackle on a punt return. After the Buffaloes offense went three-and-out on their first drive of the 2ndquarter, backup kicker/punter Davis Price, a former walk-on, was in to punt and Kinney was seen on the sideline without his pads on.

”He’s a phenomenal kid,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre told Buffzone. “It’s a tough loss for us.”

A senior from Fort Collins, Colo., Kinney has been a mainstay at punter for the Buffaloes ever since he stepped on Boulder’s campus in 2015. Including Saturday’s contest in Lincoln, Neb., he’s played in 41 games during his career at Colorado. As a junior last season, Kinney averaged 43.8 yards per punt in 12 games, his best season to date. Named to the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter) preseason watch list in July, he averaged 46.0 yards per punt this season before suffering the injury.