Quarterback Connor Wood wasn’t shy about expressing his eagerness to finally play a game after a three-week layoff for Colorado When asked if he was tired of practice, Wood immediately responded “yes.” “Absolutely, ready to play,” Wood said.
Wood and Colorado (2-0) open Pac12 conference play this Saturday against Oregon State (3-1) on the road in Corvallis. The three weeks between games has provided its pros and cons for Colorado. Wood highlighted the benefits of 21 days between games.
“I feel really prepared, and I think our team feels very prepared,” Wood said. “Coach MacIntyre, as you probably know, has presented us with a bunch of opportunities for the offense and defense to compete against each other.” Additionally, three weeks between games also pay dividends for the team’s health.
Colorado will have a healthy roster at its disposal against Oregon State, according to Wood. “As a team, we healed up,” Wood said. “We’re all healthy going into this Pac 12 play, which is good.” Colorado will need their top players to be healthy considering their opponent, Oregon State.
Oregon State is led by prolific quarterback Sean Mannion, who currently leads the country with 1604 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. As a result, Oregon State averages a blistering 41 points per game. Wood has been impressive in his own right. He’s thrown for 741 passing yards through two victories, which puts him at 370.5 passing yards per game. Mannion averages 401 passing yards per game. Wood is well aware of Oregon State’s potent aerial attack, but he’s confident in his abilities as well as his defense.
“We gotta be ready for a quick turnaround, but I’m confident in our defense,” Wood said. “They’ve played very well the last two games.”
This game could potentially be a high-scoring game, with both teams being led by strong quarterbacks thus far. Wood realizes there could be very short-scoring drives by both teams. “We can’t celebrate, because you might be back on the field in a couple plays,” Wood said.
Expect Saturday’s showdown to come down to which quarterback gets the best of their opponent’s defense.