The Colorado football team has lost one of its top young players to a season-ending injury.

CU head coach Mike MacIntyre announced Tuesday that redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Miller will miss the remainder of the season with a hand injury sustained during Saturday's 27-13 loss at Washington. Miller had surgery on Monday.

"It's real disappointing for him; it's real disappointing to me," MacIntyre said. "I feel like he's an excellent talent. He's a phenomenal kid. I think he can end up being an excellent corner. He was coming on and doing some really good things. It's a tough loss for us.

"The other guys have to go play and stay healthy."

Miller was arguably CU's best corner early in fall camp before missing a few weeks with a hamstring injury. He eased his way back into action this season and had started the last two games.

The good news for CU is that junior Delrick Abrams, Jr., who has been CU's top corner this year, should be back for Saturday's game against Oregon State at Folsom Field. Abrams missed the Washington game with a calf injury.

"Delrick practiced today and he'll be able to play Saturday," MacIntyre said.

MacIntyre said receivers Laviska Shenault, Jr. (toe) and Jay MacIntyre (concussion), along with kicker James Stefanou (hip) are day to day.

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CU quarterback Steven Montez said he's looking forward to seeing Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren this weekend. Lindgren was CU's coordinator and quarterbacks coach the previous five years and set the foundation for Montez as a college quarterback.

"We've been keeping up with each other, texting back and forth," Montez said. "Him and (former defensive line coach Jim) Jeffcoat and Mac were the first people to give me my shot here. I'm always thankful for Lindgren, Jeffcoat and Mac. I'm very excited to see him. He was a great coach for me while he was here.

"(Lindgren) helped me get super comfortable with our offense. It wasn't so much defensive football; it was more about worrying about what we're doing on offense and knowing where everybody was going to be and knowing where everybody needed to be lined up. He just ingrained the playbook into my mind to where I was always thinking about it."

Outside of football, Montez said Lindgren is a "great human being" and added, "It was just good to get to know him and see what kind of person he was."

Asked by OSU media about returning to Boulder, Lindgren said, "It'll be good. I'm excited. Boulder is a great town, great school and I think it's going to be a great opportunity for us."

Lindgren said of Montez, "You can tell he's really matured as a player. I've been excited to watch him grow and develop as a person because he's an awesome guy and a really talented quarterback, but I hope our defense gets after him this week."

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Senior receiver Juwann Winfree returned last week after missing four games with an ankle injury, but MacIntyre said there's been more progress this week. "He has moved around better in practice this week than he has at any time (since being injured against Nebraska on Sept. 8)," he said. ... CU has lost just one fumble this season, tied for second nationally. Only Mississippi State, with zero, has lost fewer fumbles. ... The Pac-12 Network's "The Pregame" show will be in Boulder on Saturday. The Pac-12 set will be located outside Folsom Field on the southeast side. The show will air at Noon MT.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33