Continuity has been almost non-existent for the Colorado offensive line this season.
A suspension, injuries and ineffectiveness at times have led to the Buffaloes shuffling their line throughout the year. They’ll do it again this week after sophomore guard/center Tim Lynott, Jr., tore an Achilles’ tendon in a 41-30 loss to Arizona State last week.
Offensive line coach Klayton Adams doesn’t have time to dwell on Lynott’s injury, though. He and the Buffs (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) have No.15 Southern California (8-2, 6-1) coming to Boulder this week.
“It is what it is,” Adams said. “That’s why you have to recruit a lot of good players, and I think we’ve got other guys that are ready to make their move, and that’s what needs to happen. You have to go out and play well, and that’s the expectation.”
In addition to losing Lynott against the Sun Devils, the Buffs unexpectedly didn’t have sophomore tackle Isaac Miller available. Miller has had knee trouble all season and when the Buffs got to the game, Miller wasn’t ready to go.
“We tried to figure out the best lineup we had,” Adams said.
Miller had started four games in a row at right tackle, but Josh Kaiser filled that role against the Sun Devils.
“He actually probably played his best full game,” Adams said. “He still has a ton of stuff to get better at, but he’s one of the guys that it’s been a bright spot to watch him improve and watch his confidence grow.”
Seniors Jeromy Irwin (left tackle), Gerrad Kough (left guard) and Jonathan Huckins (center) are likely to start this week, while Aaron Haigler could get his third straight start at right guard. Right tackle could be Kaiser or Miller, while Brett Tonz is an option at any of the interior spots.
“It’s not necessarily open competition, but we’re trying to figure out what the best five are, which seems like it’s been (like that) every week this year for us,” Adams said. “We’re preparing to win with the guys we have.”
Without Lynott, the Buffs will be using their sixth different starting lineup this season.