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Stewart adds speedy element to CU Buffs’ attack

Tom Kensler The Denver Post

BOULDER – Regaining one’s timing can be an issue for any athlete after being slowed or sidelined for an extended amount of time, but Colorado sophomore tailback Rodney “Speedy” Stewart said that should not be a concern Saturday when he gets back onto the field for the home game against Wyoming.”I’ve been playing football my whole life. Timing comes easy,” Stewart said this week. “I’m practicing this week. I’m not worried about my timing not being there.”Stewart finally feels 100 percent recovered from a hamstring pull, which he suffered in an Aug. 13 scrimmage. He played in the season opener against Colorado State, gaining 39 yards on six carries. But the soreness returned, and Stewart was held out of the Toledo game.”This is the best I’ve been feeling since my injury. I’m ready to go,” he said.Colorado (0-2) could use a jolt of Stewart’s explosiveness. Stewart was CU’s leading rusher in 2008 with 622 yards before suffering a season-ending leg fracture in the ninth game, at Texas A&M.Stewart said he wasn’t close to playing full speed against CSU and probably tried to come back too early. He sat out two weeks of August drills.A native of Columbus, Ohio, Stewart accompanied the team to his home state last week for the game against Toledo and got to visit with his parents. But it was frustrating to watch from the bench as the Buffaloes suffered a 54-38 humiliation.”I looked at my teammates and saw how down they were,” Stewart recalled. “Hopefully, in the next game I can pick them up.”On guard(s).Switching Ryan Miller from offensive right guard to right tackle this week means sophomores Blake Behrens and Matt Bahr likely will share time at right guard.Behrens started 11 games at left guard in 2008, and Bahr made eight starts at right tackle. They must adjust to their new positions in a hurry.”Wyoming’s defensive front looks good,” Bahr said Thursday. “They’ve got some older guys who are really talented. We’re excited to get out there and see what we can do.”Playing fast.During the loss at Toledo, ESPN announcers criticized CU for its lack of speed on defense. Senior linebacker Shaun Mohler disagrees, saying the Buffs aren’t slow, but that in that game they played slow.”We’ve got plenty of speed and stuff,” Mohler said. “We just have to communicate. If we’re on the same page, we’ll play a lot faster. We’ll show that against Wyoming.”

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