Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown needed some extra recovery time after taking 39 carries on the turf in last week’s 30-28 loss at Idaho State’s indoor Holt Arena.
The junior starter was on crutches at practice Wednesday with his foot in a stabilizing boot — though he was scheduled to return to practice Thursday and took part in the Mustangs’ walkthrough Friday afternoon.
Brown had been held out Mondays and Tuesdays the past few weeks as a precaution to keep him fresh for game days.
Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said Brown is still in line to start today’s 6 p.m. game against Big Sky Conference archrival UC Davis and that the quarterback has to be healthy enough to take another 30-plus carries or the team will be forced to look to backup Dano Graves.
Much of the Mustangs’ triple-option offense is dictated by the way the defense plays against it. Take away one or two options, and Cal Poly will use the other.
Defenses have mostly been getting gouged by Brown lately.
Brown’s team-leading 1,148 rushing yards this season are a Big Sky record for a quarterback and rank fifth in Cal Poly’s Division I program history. His 15 rushing touchdowns are third on the all-time list and trail Andre Broadous’ all-time single-season record by just three.
“If he can’t physically take 35 carries,” Walsh said, “then we have to decide what we’re going to do if they’re going to let him carry 35 times.
“When Chris plays, Chris fully plays,” Walsh said, “and I don’t have any doubt if he has to carry it seven times, he’ll carry it seven good times. If he has to carry it 30 times, he’ll carry it 30 good times. There’s some things we can probably do schematically to help him, but we also have to do what we believe is going to win the game.”