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Colorado State Football: RB Marvin Kinsey tears ACL

CSU Rams’ third leading rusher tears ACL, possible redshirt next year

NCAA Football: Fresno State at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado State Rams have lost their third leading rusher for the Idaho Potato Bowl and potentially next year.

Marvin Kinsey Jr tore his ACL in practice. He posted the following on twitter:

The Rams three-headed monster of a rushing attack now loses a head. Kinsey was the change of pace running back for the Rams. Kinsey for the season had 93 carries for 546 yards and 7 touchdowns.

With the potential for a redshirt year, Kinsey shouldn’t rush himself back onto the field. He should take his time and come back 100 percent. If he comes back in Adrian Peterson time, that’s great for Rams fans as he is an electric force on the field.

Typically an ACL tear can take nearly a year to get back into action and while medicine and science has improved being ready next year might be a little challenge. For reference, his teammate QB Collin Hill tore his ACL the second week of October and Hill said he’d be back in just over five months for spring practice. Being able to participate in spring is different than playing running back.

The Rams rushing attack should survive without Kinsey. Even next year, if he decides to sit out with both Dalyn Dawkins and Izzy Matthews returning and the addition of the redshirts in Rashaad Boddie and Darius May, as well as the new recruit Marcus McElroy.

For the bowl game, look for Dawkins and Matthews to split the carries. If the rushing attack looks like it needs that extra boost, look for Detrich Clark and Anthony Hawkins to get carries.