Colorado coach Jon Embree said Monday he has no choice but to use more starters on special teams after the debacle of special teams mistakes at Ohio State.
Embree said depth and speed deficiencies he has talked about since he was hired are showing up on game days, particularly in the kicking game where coaches have tried to get away with using reserves and younger players.
Embree said CU players are being out-run on kickoff return and kickoff coverage, which has played a big part in why the Buffs rank last in the nation in returns and next to last in kickoff return defense.
Embree said CU is down to its final three options at cornerback with Jered Bell (ACL), Travis Sandersfeld (broken leg), Parker Orms (several leg inuries) and Paul Vigo (hamstring) all hurting.
In addition to Greg Henderson, who started the season opener, the last three cornerbacks CU has to work with this week are Ayodeji Olatoye, who played a lot at Ohio State, Josh Moten, who has played sparingly on defense, and Jason Espinoza, who recently moved back to defense from wide receiver.
"It's like that at a few positions and it is what it is so we just got to go with it," Embree said.
Embree said while he is allowed to travel 70 players on road trips, he will likely only take 56-58 players for the next few road trips. He said he isn't going to bring guys just to bring them if he doesn't believe they can help in games.
"It's going to have to be like it is in the league. Some guys are just going to have to go and cross-train a few guys for different things and you go with it."
Embree said he is not planning to pull any redshirts to help the problem.
"I put up some bum numbers these past two games so this week against Washington State should be interesting." -- A Paul Richardson tweet on his performances against CSU and Ohio State.
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Embree was asked about the avilability of Parker Orms this week when Orms was spotted at practice Monday. Orms has several leg injuries. "He's just standing around. He's OK for a photo."