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CU Buffs notes: Carson Lee won’t play, but still on team

Offensive lineman recently charged with felony assault

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Colorado offensive lineman Carson Lee, who was charged with felony assault last week, is still on the football team, but won’t play while the situation is pending, head coach Karl Dorrell said Monday.

Carson Lee (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

“He is still on our team,” Dorrell said. “Obviously his situation is pending, given how this investigation is going to go. He’s obviously dealing with legal matters and we’re going to have to let this situation kind of resolve itself in going through the process.

“He will not be playing or being in the fashion to play right now until this investigation gets more clarity as to where we’re going with a decision. But, he is still on our team. His situation is pending and we’re just going to work through the process and go with the facts of the matter that get resolved, whenever that timeframe is.”

Lee, 19, was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury and third-degree assault from an incident that occurred early on the morning of Oct. 3 in Boulder. According to the police report, a man said Lee punched him about 30 times. Lee was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and has a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 25.

A second-year freshman who is a backup center, Lee has played in two games this season. The Buffs host Arizona on Saturday at Folsom Field (1:30 p.m., TV: Pac-12 Network).

BOULDER, CO – October 16, 2020: Offensive lineman Frank Fillip during Colorado football practice. (Courtesy photo/University of Colorado)

Fillip shaking off rust

Right tackle Frank Fillip, who missed most of the offseason and the first two games of this season with a shoulder injury, is getting himself back up to speed, Dorrell said.

Fillip has played in the past three games, including the past two as a starter.

“He is working the rust off and getting some really good quality reps with the competitive stuff we’ve done against each other on the defensive side,” Dorrell said. “You can see, even today, it was evident that he’s looking better than what he’s looked in the previous week. So the progress has been made there with Frank.

“Frank’s just catching up with reps and getting himself in football shape and football condition and a football mindset of being competitive. In these practice sessions, you can see there’s some better detail on what you’re seeing from Frank right now, even as recently as today.”

Notes

CU’s game on Oct. 23 at California has been slated for a 1:30 p.m. MT kickoff and it will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. …  Tackle Max Wray, who has missed the past two games while in concussion protocol, has not been cleared for contact, but Dorrell believes that will happen on Tuesday. Wray practiced on a limited basis Monday. … During the bye week, coaches went out recruiting and several players had a chance to go home for a few days. “I think it was a good break for everybody just to have a little bit of a breather, step back and be ready to go this week,” Dorrell said. “(Monday’s) practice was really evident of renewed energy and excitement about what’s lying in front of us right now.”