When news that Chris Nwoke injured his ankle began to spread, everyone in Fort Collins probably panicked, but it looks like the running back isn't in too bad of shape. Nwoke has a sprained ankle and his foot is in a walking boot, but despite missing practice on Thursday and Friday, he should see some carries in Saturday's scrimmage.
"It's purely precautionary," head coach Jim McElwain said. "Obviously, we know what Chris is about and what he can do. Right now it's more of a precautionary thing with an ankle sprain. It isn't anything more or less than that."
The Rams are starting to run low on running backs after Dorian Brown left the team and Davon Riddick broke his wrist. What was once a position of depth doesn't look so good anymore. McElwain had just three running backs at his disposal for practice on Thursday so besides the fact that Nwoke is the Rams' best ball carrier, they need to get him back just for the numbers.
Nwoke finished third in the Mountain West with 94.2 rushing yards per game last year, totaling 1,130 yards on 5.7 yards per carry. The 6'0'', 230 lbs. junior is a preseason All-Mountain West selection.