CU Buffs' Parker Orms ruled out of spring ball
Safety's hamstring injury hasn't healed enough
04/02/2012 09:19:29 PM MDT
Parker Orms through during DB drills on Sunday.
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Maybe all this rotten luck Parker Orms is having at the University of Colorado is a prelude to another amazing ending.
Orms certainly didn't come to Boulder after his storybook prep football career at Wheat Ridge High School to become best friends with head athletic trainer Miguel Rueda and his assistants. But three years into his college career, there is no one on the roster with better familiarity with the training room.
CU head coach Jon Embree officially ruled Orms out for the rest of spring on Monday as the Buffs returned to spring practices following 10 days off for spring break. Orms has been out since midway through the third practice last month when he pulled his right hamstring again.
Orms, who capped his high school career with a game-winning 56-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-2 with 19 seconds remaining in the state championship game, has endured one injury after another in Boulder. All of them have involved his right leg.
He blew out his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first game of his redshirt freshman season and endured swelling in the knee again last fall. He also had a calf injury and he has been fighting with his right hamstring for years now.
2012 CU football schedule
Sunday, Sept. 2 - Colorado State, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Saturday, Sept. 8 - Sacramento State at Folsom Field
Saturday, Sept. 15 - At Fresno State
Saturday, Sept. 22 - At Washington State
Saturday, Sept. 29 - UCLA at Folsom Field
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Arizona State at Folsom Field
Saturday, Oct. 20 - At Southern California
Saturday, Oct. 27 - At Oregon
Saturday, Nov. 3 - Stanford at Folsom Field
Saturday, Nov. 10 - At Arizona
Saturday, Nov. 17 - Washington at Folsom Field
Friday, Nov. 23 - Utah at Folsom Field
At least he's still able to laugh about it.
"It's been happening to me even before I got 13," Orms said referring to his preference for an unlucky number as his jersey number. "I just think it's how things go. You've just got to work with it and try to do the best you can and try to get healthy I guess. It does suck. I hate watching practice. I feel like I've watched more practices than I've been in. It feels like that sometimes."
Orms said he felt healthy and prepared coming into spring ball. He said he pulled his hamstring on a routine play while running. There was nothing unusual about it.
"It was like I got shot basically in my hamstring," Orms said. "That's what it felt like just out of nowhere. I hit the ground and just couldn't believe it happened again."
He chalks up his latest injury to the possibility of it being "God's plan" for him.
Orms has plans of his own. He has played mostly cornerback and nickel when he has been healthy at CU. He wants to play safety, the defensive position he manned in high school. Coaches are giving him the opportunity to earn a spot there this year with an influx of cornerbacks joining the program as true freshmen this fall.
Orms said defensive coordinator Greg Brown has told him not to worry about bulking up to play safety. He doesn't want Orms to lose any speed and says he has had safeties play at 185 pounds in the past.
"I feel behind a little bit," Orms said. "I'm not getting the reps on the field. I'm getting them mentally but not physically. We've got more guys coming in the fall and Jered Bell is coming back. I know I'm going to get on the field somehow. I can't be off the field."
Waiting on Webb
Embree said nothing has been finalized when it comes to adding a veteran quarterback to the roster, but it continues to be something he hopes to do before the season arrives.
CU coaches hosted former Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb on a visit several weeks ago and Webb has reportedly told his family he intends to be a Buff. Webb was the starter the past two seasons for the Jayhawks when he wasn't injured and would be the most experienced quarterback on the roster if he comes to Boulder.
Embree said the fact that coaches are hoping to add a veteran quarterback should not be taken as a sign that they don't like their current players at the position. He also said that a veteran joining the roster would not automatically mean true freshman Shane Dillon is ticketed for a redshirt season.
"The only one redshirting next year for sure is Jon Embree," Embree joked.
"I'm happy with what I've seen out of Connor," Embree said. "I'm excited to get Nick back. When I got here we had two quarterbacks, a senior and Nick. That's one place you can't not have depth. We need to have someone who has played some football at that position as well."
Embree said having a veteran quarterback with playing time under his belt could be a stabilizing force for a roster lacking any real college experience under center. He referenced former journeyman NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg, who seemed to find himself playing behind a future Hall of Famer everywhere he went in his career.
"I don't want to liken it to signing Steve DeBerg," he said. "Maybe it will be the same results like Steve Young and (John) Elway and all those other guys he got called in to back up for."
Embree said everyone reported on time Sunday night with no issues following spring break. ... Embree said Stephane Nembot, Alex Kelley and Nick Kasa are all participating fully in practice after sitting out portions of practice earlier in spring because of injuries. ... Offensive linemen Ryan Dannewitz and Kaiwi Crabb will be held out the rest of spring because of injuries. Both should be ready for fall camp. ... The last scrimmage before the spring game will be this Thursday.