In Week 5, Colorado lost linebacker Kenneth Olugbode to a leg injury that was originally supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Olugbode has made a lot of progress over the last few weeks and it seems like he will be back on the field this week for the Buffaloes.
According to College Football Talk, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre reported that Olugbode would not only be back this week, but that he would be starting when they travel to Oregon State on Saturday. This is because starting linebacker Addison Gillam is still not ready to return from an early-season injury.
“He practiced (Tuesday) and did good,” MacIntyre said. “He recovered quicker than we thought. We had one that didn’t go as good, another one that did.”
Gillam started the first two games for Colorado before suffering a knee injury. He has not played since and it seems like Gillam will seek out a medical hardship waiver so he won’t lose a year of eligibility.
“It didn’t come back exactly like we’d like it, so there’s some other things they need to do to make sure it heals back correctly,” MacIntyre said. “He was trying to come back and it just kept swelling up every time he would run. They’re going to go back in and clean it up.”
Olugbode had started 17 straight games before his injury, 12 last season and five this year. In 2013, he led the team in tackles as a true freshman, a first in Colorado history.
The Buffaloes and Beavers kick off at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the game will be televised on PAC-12 Network.
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