Colorado would love to have a healthy Doug Rippy on the field Saturday at Fresno State.

Yet, if the senior does have to miss some time with a knee injury, the Buffs (0-2) feel confident in the players they will send to the field.

Rippy has a history of trouble with his right knee, but injured his left knee in Saturday's loss to Sacramento State. On Monday, Embree said Rippy is "doubtful" for this week.

That likely means sophomore Brady Daigh will be called upon to make his first collegiate start.

"Brady has played very well, special teams and when he's been in the game (on defense)," Embree said. "He's ready. I'm not overly concerned about him being in there. He's played a lot of football for us and he's done well when he's been in there."

Daigh has been in on five tackles in limited action this season. A year ago, Daigh played just 82 snaps on defense, but made 18 tackles for a team-best one tackle for every 4.6 plays.

Because Rippy has been limited throughout the preseason and the first two games because of his knee issues, Daigh has had a lot of first-team work. So, he said his approach to Saturday's game won't change.


"Any time you step on the field, you're looking to go out there and be the starting guy," he said. "If you're approaching it any other way, I think you're doing it wrong. From day one, I've been looking to go take the job."

If Rippy is sidelined, another player expected to get more time is Kyle Washington. The sophomore said he's been ready all season, but said his mindset will be a little different this week.

"It's always great to know that you're going to get a lot of plays, so you can prepare for those types of things," he said. "We're going to try our best to patch it up until (Rippy) gets back."

Wood to play vs. Bulldogs

On Monday, Embree said that Jordan Webb will continue to be the Buffs' starting quarterback. However, sophomore backup Connor Wood shouldn't get too far away from his helmet.

"We're going to get Connor in there, I don't know if it'll be third or fourth series or whatever," Embree said. "But, we'll get him going in there, too and get him some reps."

Webb has struggled a bit during the Buffs' first two games, but Wood has taken just one snap as a college player. That came on Saturday when he tossed a 28-yard pass to Gerald Thomas on his only play. He was in the game because Webb's helmet came off during a play and NCAA rules dictate that a player who loses his helmet must leave the field for a play.

Embree said the Buffs will not deviate from the plan to play Wood, even if Webb comes out on fire and leads the Buffs to a pair of early touchdowns.

"No, we're still going to get Connor going," Embree said. "When your backup hasn't played, you still need to find a way to do that and get him going and get him playing. It was something we've been talking about wanting to get done and start doing. We'll be able to do it this week."

Powell is the man

Freshman Christian Powell will continue to be the starting tailback after his 147-yard, three-touchdown performance against Sacramento State.

"Christian has earned it and he's producing, so he'll keep getting his opportunity to produce," Embree said.

Powell is a true freshman who was recruited to play fullback. Yet, Embree said he could see Powell being a tailback for the long haul.

"Yeah, I do. There were some things about that when he was coming out on his tape that intrigued you as a runner," Embree said. "I think he proved Saturday that he's a capable runner. He left a lot yards out there, too. He missed some cuts, but he's learning. As he continues to learn and gets confidence and all of that, he'll be a good back for us."

Powell was noticeably less effective as the game wore on, but Embree said a good reason for that is fatigue. Getting 28 carries in his first collegiate start was quite a workload for Powell, and on many of his carries, he tried to carry a host of defenders before being dragged down.

Embree expects Powell to learn how to handle the burden as time goes on.

"He'll be a guy I expect to get stronger," he said.


Embree said senior safety Ray Polk is out this week. He said cornerback Greg Henderson and center Gus Handler are "probably 50-50." ... Running back Tony Jones hurt his shoulder against CSU and tweaked an ankle last week. ... The game time for CU's Sept. 22 game at Washington State was set on Monday. The Buffs and Cougars will kick off at 2 p.m. MT and the game will be shown on FX. ... CU is 4-1 against Fresno State, but lost the most recent meeting, 24-22, on Aug. 26, 2001, in Boulder. The Buffs have never faced the Bulldogs in Fresno.

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