Injuries continue to hurt Cal Poly offensive line

jscroggin@thetribunenews.comNovember 17, 2012 

Thanks to three notable injuries, Cal Poly played three redshirt freshman starters on its offensive line in last week’s 70-14 victory over Idaho State. 

Senior center Geoff Hyde went down with a knee injury at Eastern Washington two weeks ago after senior tackle Karl Winkelman and junior guard Mike Freeman were lost in the same game against Portland State in late October. 

Winkelman had been hurt off and on, forcing Freeman to move to tackle and Kyle Zottneck joined the lineup at guard. When Freeman broke his leg against the Vikings, that forced former Atascadero High standout Weston Walker into action.  Hyde was replaced by Stephen Sippel. 

There’s a chance some relief is on the way today at Northern Arizona. Winkelman (knee) is probable, Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said, but isn’t expected to play the entire game after missing four weeks. Hyde is also with the team in Flagstaff, Ariz., but remains doubtful. 

DEONTE’S SHOT AT HISTORY

Mustangs senior running back Deonte Williams sits in fourth place on the program’s all-time list with 1,319 rushing yards this season. 

He needs 260 yards to surpass James Noble’s program record of 1,578 rushing yards 2005.

Williams’ career high is 188 yards, which he had on 20 carries against UC Davis earlier this season. He needs 106 yards to leapfrog Louis Jackson (1,424 in 1980) and Craig Young (1,380 in 1999) to move alone into second place behind Noble.

BROADOUS’ SPOT IN TDS

It looks like Andre Broadous will come up short in his pursuit of the Cal Poly record for career rushing touchdowns.

After setting the single-season program record with 18 last season, the senior quarterback has eight this year, upping his career total to 29. He is tied for fourth with 

Young and Gary Davis and needs six more to tie Noble, who had 35 rushing touchdowns from 2005-08.

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