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    Junior Davis Price is taking over the starting punting duties after Alex Kinney suffered a broken collarbone.

  • Colorado senior Alex Kinney suffered a broken collarbone while making...

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    Colorado senior Alex Kinney suffered a broken collarbone while making a tackle in the Buffs win over Nebraska Saturday.

  • Davis Price will take over punting duties for the University...

    Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Davis Price will take over punting duties for the University of Colorado.



Colorado (2-0) vs. New Hampshire (0-2)

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Folsom Field in Boulder

Colorado punter Alex Kinney has turned punt placement into a bit of an art form during his career with the Buffaloes.

With the senior captain now sidelined with a broken collarbone, Davis Price will attempt to follow Kinney’s lead.

“It’s like when you’re in little league and the guy before you hits a home run and then you have to bat next,” Price joked Monday. “That’s how I always feel punting after Alex.”

Kinney broke his collarbone while making a tackle on a first quarter punt return during CU’s 33-28 win at Nebraska on Saturday. Up to that point, he had handled every CU punt from the start of 2015.

On the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, Kinney had his best year as a junior and set a school record with 28 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He’s second on the career list, with 67 (Darragh O’Neill had 95 from 2011-14).

Price, CU’s kickoff specialist since last season, replaced Kinney and punted four times against the Cornhuskers. Those were his first punts in a game since he was Evergreen High School’s punter/kicker during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

“I probably should have warmed up a little more with punting before the game, but it all ended up working out,” said Price, who averaged 40.8 yards against Nebraska.

Going forward, Price said he’s eager for the opportunity to play a bigger role with the Buffs.

“Last year at this time, I would have been a lot less comfortable,” he said. “I’ve been working on punting a lot throughout fall camp. The adrenaline kicked in (Saturday) and once I got on the field, I felt pretty comfortable, especially with (snapper J.T. Bale). He’s been snapping to me for a few years now.”

In 2016, Price came off the bench to kick field goals for a few games, and went 4-for-6 overall, including a 54-yarder that’s the longest ever by a CU freshman. He also went 26-for-27 on extra points.

Since the start of last season, he has put 50 of 79 kickoffs (63.3 percent) into or out of the end zone for touchbacks.

Punting is something new, however.

“It was a crazy feeling,” Price said. “It was so much fun out there. I really enjoyed punting. Kicking, mainly I kick the ball and the play is over; at least that’s the goal for me. Punting is more of a football play, I feel like.”

While Price may not be the same type of weapon Kinney has been with his punt placement, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre has full confidence in the former walk-on, who was placed on scholarship last month.

“That was a gigantic role to fit (at Nebraska) and he did a great job at it,” MacIntyre said. “Davis is able to do the Aussie punt. He’s (now) got to do it in the game. Alex is just so good at it, but Davis will do well. Let’s hope he does as good as Alex.”

It’s a challenge Price is ready to meet.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’m just happy to be a part of this team and play the biggest role I can. Hopefully if I’m punting more, I’ll have a higher average (than on Saturday).”

Kinney was one of several Buffs to get injured in the game, but MacIntyre said the others – including receivers Laviska Shenault, KD Nixon and Juwann Winfree and lineman Josh Kaiser – should be OK to play Saturday against New Hampshire.

“A lot of those guys were back today and a couple more guys will be back (Tuesday),” he said. “We do not think at this time that we’ll have anyone that will completely miss the game, except for Alex.”

Kinney could potentially redshirt and return in 2019, but MacIntyre has not ruled out a return this season.

“We’ll see how the surgery goes,” he said. “Hopefully he’ll be back in four weeks, but we’ll see how strong it is, what he can do, how it’s bothering him.”

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