Gerrad Kough has been around football long enough and dealt with more than his share of injuries to know good health can change in an instant.
However, 12 practices into Colorado's preseason camp, the senior offensive guard is healthy, and that's a positive development for one of the most important players on the CU line.
"My body is back to normal," he said Friday. "I spent a lot of time the training room throughout the spring and throughout the summer working on my body. I'm feeling good at this point so far in camp."
Of course, any mention of good health is accompanied by the proverbial "knock on wood," especially with Kough, who has missed seven games over the past two seasons with various injuries. Kough, who has started 22 games in his career, missed the final four games of the 2016 season with an ankle injury that also kept him out of spring drills.
Healthy this camp, however, he's looking like the veteran leader CU needs him to be.
"He's doing really well and he's always played well for us," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "Him and (left tackle Jeromy Irwin), it's like having two old vets for us. They've been out there beside each other every day and they're doing a great job. Gerrad has had an excellent camp."
Despite the time he lost to his ankle injury, Kough said he feels like he's mostly up to speed.
"There's a few things I still want to sharpen up and get better at, but I don't feel I've lost too much," he said. "I worked really hard so that wouldn't happen."
With Irwin, who is a sixth-year senior, Kough and center Jonathan Huckins, another fifth-year senior, the Buffs have a significant veteran presence up front, and Kough said it's been fun working together.
"We actually live together, so we bond a lot," he said. "We'll do things outside of football and I think that really helps the camaraderie between the three of us. We try to pass that down to the younger guys and just try to lead the way, pretty much."
That trio, combined with redshirt sophomores Tim Lynott (right guard) and Aaron Haigler (right tackle), who are both returning starters, gives the Buffs what they hope is their best line in years.
Scrimmage on tap
On Saturday, the Buffs will hold their second scrimmage of camp, this one closed to the public and media.
"We'll be able to do a little bit more (than the scrimmage on Aug. 5)," MacIntyre said. "We're farther into camp, so we'll do more stuff — more of our defense, more of our offense than we did in the last scrimmage."
The scrimmage will help some of the younger players make an impression, but MacIntyre said it will also allow coaches to get a better feel for how ready the players are for game-type situations. Coaches will get off the field, forcing players to do it on their own without that "comfort blanket" of someone telling them what to do.
"It's more of a game situation," MacIntyre said. "You see how they can handle it, if they make a mistake how they can recover, how they can adapt to things out there."
The Buffs practiced without pads Friday and coaches had a lot of time to go through late-game situations and "all the different strategic parts of the game," MacIntyre said. "This is a day to teach them and go over them." ... Cornerback Kevin George, a junior college transfer who practiced for the first time Thursday, is still getting acclimated to the team, but MacIntyre said George looks as long and athletic as they thought he would. ... Running back Kyle Evans is getting closer to returning from a spring hip dislocation. "He's getting tested again (Friday) by the trainers," MacIntyre said. "We'll see how that testing goes and he might be able to start doing a little bit of stuff next week if that all goes like we hope. He's doing really, really well." ... MacIntyre said CU does not yet know if it can use the scholarship vacated by freshman Sebastian Olver, who left the team after one practice late last month.