There was good news and not-so-good news for Colorado on the linebacking front.
Kenneth Olugbode sustained an unspecified leg injury in the Week 5 loss to Oregon and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Instead, head coach Mike MacIntyre confirmed Tuesday that not will Olugbode return for this weekend’s game against Oregon State, he’ll be in the starting lineup.
“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.”
The one that didn’t go so good was Addison Gillam.
Gillam started the first two games of the season at the other inside ‘backer spot before sustaining a knee injury, but was expected to return at some point this season. Instead, Gillam underwent a second surgical procedure and has been ruled out for the remainder of the year.
The coach said Gillam will seek a medical hardship waiver that would give the junior another season of eligibility, and, because he hasn’t played a game since Week 2, he will be a slam-dunk candidate for that waiver.
“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, five this season and 12 last season. Gillam led the Buffs in tackles as a true freshman in 2013 — first time in program history — then started 10 games in 2014.