Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Ryan Moeller continues to get better, but it appears that the sophomore isn’t that close to returning to the field for the Colorado football team.
Moeller was injured during a moped accident three weeks ago. The Buffs’ starting free safety has missed three games in a row and is likely to miss a fourth this week when CU (4-6, 1-5 Pac-12) hosts Southern California (6-3, 4-2).
“He’s progressing,” head coach Mike MacInytre said. “He had whiplash with his neck, so they’re really being cautious there, which they should be. I want him back immediately, but we need to be very cautious about it. We’re all just hoping and praying he can get back as quick as he can.
“His concussion symptoms have gone way, way down, but if you’ve ever had whiplash before, you know how that is. It makes you have headaches, too.”
Significant injuries have hurt CU all year.
Left tackle Jeromy Irwin and inside linebacker Addison Gillam both suffered season-ending knee injuries on Sept. 12 against Massachusetts.
Tailback Michael Adkins II essentially hasn’t played since then, either. He injured his left hamstring on his first carry against Colorado State on Sept. 19 and the Buffs continue to hope he’ll return. That hope was still alive on Monday.
“Michael is going to run (on Tuesday),” MacIntyre said. “We’ll see how he feels and runs and go from there. Hamstrings are an interesting deal.”
Left guard Gerrad Kough is also hoping to be back this week. He missed Saturday’s 42-10 loss to Stanford with a concussion.
Receiver Shay Fields is hoping for a return, too. He injured his ankle against Arizona on Oct. 17 and missed a game. He played at UCLA on Oct. 31, but re-injured the ankle. He tried to play against Stanford but came out after a few plays.
Right tackle John Lisella II got his second career start against Stanford. It was much better than his first start, Oct. 10 at Arizona State, but MacIntyre said it wasn’t enough to take over that spot permanently.
“We’ll still play Sam (Kronshage),” MacIntyre said. “John started last week, and we’ll see how practice goes this week (to figure out) who will start.
“John, to me, has really improved after his first game each week in practice. I think he’s getting his feet wet and he’s battling hard in there.”
Pac-12 after dark, again
On Monday, the Pac-12 announced that CU’s Nov. 21 game at Washington State will kick off at 8:45 p.m. Mountain. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
It’ll mark the eighth time this season that CU will have a kickoff after 5 p.m. local time.
The previous two games – at UCLA and against Stanford – were both during the day, but the Buffs return to prime time this week against USC. That game will start at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Washington State game will be CU’s third appearance on the ESPN family of networks this season.
Calling for snow
According to weather.com, Friday’s high in Boulder will be 48 degrees, with zero chance of precipitation. MacIntyre joked he’d like to see the complete opposite with a team from sunny Los Angeles coming to town.
“I hope there’s 25 inches of snow on the ground and negative wind chill and the wind is blowing sideways. That might calm down some of their skill guys,” MacIntyre said.
He then quickly said the conditions don’t really matter.
“You go play,” he said, “and it’ll be a nice, pretty night for us and it’ll be a good game.”
With a short week, the Buffs are altering their schedule a bit. They practiced Monday, on their normal day off, and will take Saturday off this week.