By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Dorian Brown took to the practice fields south of Moby without a red jersey for the first time in his CSU career on Tuesday.
During the two-hour practice, Brown took carries with the practice squad and appeared to be going full speed. He was cutting on his left knee and did not shy away from contact during thud periods.
After practice, Head Coach Steve Fairchild seemed eager to work Brown into the mix.
“I need to evaluate what he did (on film),” Fairchild said. “I didn’t follow him around the entire practice. I’ll watch the tape and consult with Terry (DeZeeuw) and kind of gradually get him into some contact. And we have this week and next week to see what we have.”
Nearly a year ago, during a preseason scrimmage against Centaurus High School, Brown was gang-tackled on a sweep and tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
Brown, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound true freshman from Loveland, Colo., rushed for 1,900 yards as a junior, earning offers from CSU and CU while also attracting national attention from UCLA and Oregon. But the injury caused programs to stop pursuing the nation’s No. 28-rated running back. The Rams, however, kept their scholarship offer on the table.
Linemen working way back: Offensive linemen Mason Hathaway, Brandon Haynes and Jake Gdowski have battled their share of injuries this fall, causing major shifts in the offensive line. But after Tuesday’s practice, Fairchild said all three are close to returning to full contact.
“They both moved around and we expect Haynes to join that group pretty quick here,” Fairchild said. “So, we should get all three back. It’s going to be close, but I think we’ll have all three.”
Fairchild did not hesitate to include Gdowski in the game planning for New Mexico.
When asked if Gdowski would start in Albuquerque he said, “I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.”
Biard update: Fairchild said that Jared Biard (knee) would be re-evaluated later Tuesday.
“Biard is going to see the doctor again today,” Fairchild said. “After he’s calmed down a little bit, we’re going to get another look at that. So, we’re in pretty good shape when you think about it. We’re close to being halfway done with all our practices. We’re not in too bad of shape, injury-wise.”
“They’ll be back, but that’s for me to determine,” Fairchild said. “I’m not going to say anything on that right now. They’re going to be back this year, and they’re going to play in a game this year. But they’re going to pay a penalty. We’re going to make people accountable; that’s part of our job.”
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