The Rocky Mountain Showdown is quickly approaching; luckily, the Colorado State Rams are mostly healthy.
In fact, on Monday, head coach Jim McElwain said the team was full strength heading into the week, though two offensive players have shown up on the year's first injury report.
Backup offensive lineman Mason Myers is listed as probable with a hurt knee, while wide receiver Charles Lovett saw only a few reps during Wednesday's practice with a sore knee of his own.
“He took nine reps, I think it was, which probably four of those nine were Charles, if that makes sense,” McElwain said of Lovett's Wednesday practice. “The other five didn't look real promising. But, it speaks a lot about the kid; he wasn't going to be denied, either.
Lovett, who led the team in receptions (35) and yards (428) last year, while scoring two touchdowns, is officially listed as “questionable” to play this Sunday. Lovett has become a leader of the wide receiver corps, the old man of the bunch as a junior teaching many talented, young wideouts.
If Lovett can find a way to play, it would be a big-time boon for the Rams' offense, and because of the Sunday kickoff, he has an extra day to prepare for battle. Still, he utilizes speed and quickness to get open; a hobbled knee isn't a good sign he'll make it out onto the field in Denver.
Without him, those freshman and sophomore receivers – namely Joe Hansley and Rashard Higgins – will be leaned on more heavily and expected to pick up the slack.
The Rams face the Colorado Buffaloes inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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