LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 29: Chris Nwoke #6 of the Colorado State Rams scores on a two-point conversion against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium October 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 38-35. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Colorado St. Rams received some good news earlier in the week when starting running back Chris Nwoke returned to practice. This is huge news since the running game for Colorado State has suffered with Nwoke out for the past two games, both of which were loses.
However, head coach Jim McElwain is not 100 percent sold on Nwoke playing, however by practicing it is a good indication that Nwoke will be back in the lineup.
Starting offensive lineman Brandon Haynes is excited of the possibility that Nwoke might back in the lineup:
"It would be a huge thing," Haynes said of Nwoke's return. "It's encouraging because he's coming back fresh off the injury, so he'll be 100 percent. He'll be Chris Nwoke again, powerful, running downhill. He's gonna hit you in the mouth. It's going to be nice to have him back."
Colorado State desperately needs Nwoke back in the lineup, because freshman Donnell Alexander, who has been filling in for Nwoke, is questionable with an ankle injury. Another reason why getting Nwoke back in the lineup is so big is that Utah State's rush defense is very good.
They limited Utah's John White IV to 96 yards, but they held White to just 3.6 yards per carry. Then against Wisconsin their defensive line had a huge push every time it was a short-yardage situation, and most times the Aggies defensive front had a tackle for loss. Wisconsin running back Monte Ball did have 139 yards on the ground, but it took him 37 carries to get to that mark.
Nwoke will have some issues running the ball against Utah State, but it is an improvement over giving the ball to Alexander for a third straight game.
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