Friday Fast Facts

Injury Update

Out for an extended time:

Jared Bell – (Soph.) – defensive back – Out for the season with a torn ACL

Jack Harris – (Soph.) – offensive tackle – Likely out for the season with a broken ankle, surgery set for September 22nd

Shawn Daniels – (Sr.) – offensive lineman – Suffered a severe calf strain on August 11th; out at least another 2-4 weeks

Vince Ewing – (Jr.) – defensive back – suffered a torn ACL on August 12th, underwent surgery September 8th; out 1-2 more weeks

Sherrard Harrington – (Fr.) – defensive back – suffered a hip contusion during the summer, will likley red-shirt

Travis Sandersfeld – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a fractured fibula in practice on September 13th – out 4-6 weeks


David Bakhtiari – (S0.) – offensive lineman – cleared to play against Ohio State

Daniel Munyer – (R-Fr.) – center – suffered ankle sprain v. CSU – questionable for Ohio State

Arthur Jaffee – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a sprained knee during California game, swelling persists – doubtful for Ohio State

David Goldberg – (Sr.) – linebacker – suffered lower leg injury v. CSU – questionable for Ohio State

Colorado v. Ohio State – Notes worth Noting

– Colorado has had three starters in three games at left tackle – David Bakhtiari; Ryan Dannewitz; and Alex Lewis. Bakhtiari is expected to return to the starting position this weekend.

– True freshman Alex Lewis earned his first career start against CSU. On the other end of the line, a fifth-year senior, Sione Tau, also earned his first career start.

– In Colorado’s 18-game road losing streak, only five of those losses have been by a touchdown or less.

– There have been 14 players who have played for Colorado who played in high school in Ohio. Three of those are on the current team: senior running back Rodney Stewart; junior linebacker Doug Rippy; and sophomore defensive back Ayodeji Olatoye. Stewart and Rippy are starters, while Olatoye, with the rash of injuries to the defensive backfield, will see considerable playing time against Ohio State.

– Rodney Stewart stands fourth on the all-time rushing list, with 2,967 yards. With a decent game against Ohio State, though, Stewart could move into second place. Less than 100 yards ahead of Speedy are Bobby Purify (3,016 yards, 2000-04) and Rashaan Salaam (3,057 yards, 1992-94). With 2,990 yards of total offense, Stewart is poised to become only the 17th player in Colorado history with over 3,000 yards of total offense.

– True freshman punter Darragh O’Neill is having a great start to his Colorado career. O’Neill is one of 11 freshman punters in Division 1-A, and his 45.9 yards per punt is four yards better than any of the other freshman punters.

– True freshman kicker Will Oliver remains perfect, going nine-for-nine on PAT’s and five-for-five on field goals. Of the ten freshman placekickers nationwide, only Ty Long has also been perfect (though Long has had only one PAT and one field goal attempt to date). Oliver is also the only freshman kicker in 2011 with a 50-yard field goal to his credit.

– Ohio Stadium, a/k/a “The Horseshoe”, was built in 1922 (two years before Folsom Field), and has a capacity of 102,329. The largest crowd to witness a game at Ohio Stadium was the 2009 game against USC, 106,033 (and I was there!).

Pac-12 Notes of Note

– Washington quarterback Keith Price has thrown for 11 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. The total is the most for any Washington Husky quarterback in any three game span – ever.

– UCLA may have found a kicker. Junior punter Jeff Locke took over the placekicking duties against Texas, and connected from 51 and 49 yards.

– Arizona, in taking on No. 10 Oregon, is playing its third consecutive top ten team (the Wildcats lost to Oklahoma State and then Stanford). Oregon has dominated the series of late (winning ten of the last 12), but the last time the Ducks went to Tucson as a top ten team (2007), the Wildcats pulled off the upset, 34-24. On the other hand, since starting the 2010 season 7-1, the Wildcats are 0-7 v. FBS schools.

– USC travels to Arizona State this weekend. The Trojans have won 11 straight in the series, one of the longest streaks for BCS conference opponents. ASU head coach Dennis Erickson is 1-8 all-time v. USC, with his only victory coming as the head coach of Oregon State in 2000.

– It’s fitting that Arizona State is playing USC in its first-ever Pac-12 game. The Sun Devils played the Trojans in their first-ever Pac-10 game, when the Arizona schools joined the league in 1978. A good omen for Arizona State? In 1978, the Wildcats upset No. 2 USC, 20-7.

– USC wide receiver Robert Woods leads the nation in receptions, with 11 catches per game.

How Buffs rate in the league …

– Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen is third in the Pac-12, and 17th in the nation, in total offense, at 309.67 per game.

– Buff receiver Paul Richardson is third in the league, and 11th in the nation, in receiving yards, with 120.0 yards per game.

– Freshman CU punter Darragh O’Neill is second in the Pac-12, and 11th in the nation, in punting, with a 45.87 yards per kick.

– Senior running back Rodney Stewart is second in the league, and 17th in the antion, in all-purpose yards, at 169.67 yards per game.

3 Replies to “Friday Fast Facts”

  1. “Vince Ewing – (Jr.) – defensive back – suffered a torn ACL on August 12th, underwent surgery September 8th; out 1-2 more weeks”

    Is that correct?

    “Freshman CU punter Darragh O’Neill is second in the Pac-12, and 11th in the nation, in punting, with a 45.87 yards per kick.”

    This is deceiving. I think the CSU kicker had twice the hang time on his punts. Anyone else notice this?

    1. BR – that’s how they have Vince Ewing listed.
      The surgery was just arthroscopic, so Ewing may well be available in a few weeks.

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