Colorado football: JT Shrout to start at QB for Buffs at Oregon State

Junior JT Shrout will get the start at quarterback for Colorado on Saturday at Oregon State.

During his weekly radio show Thursday, interim head coach Mike Sanford told host Mark Johnson that Shrout will get the start because freshman starter Owen McCown is still recovering from getting banged up last week.

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When healthy, McCown is still the Buffs’ starter, but he was pulled from last Saturday’s 20-13 overtime win against California after taking a hard hit. Shrout finished the game and led the Buffs to the win, throwing the game-winning touchdown to Montana Lemonious-Craig in overtime.

McCown has been limited in practice this week and hasn’t progressed enough physically to play Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound true freshman has started the past three games, completing 57 of 100 passes for 600 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing for two scores.

Shrout will be making his third start with CU. He started Sept. 10 during a rainy day at Air Force and played the entire game. A week later, he got the start at Minnesota, but traded series with Brendon Lewis, who entered the transfer portal earlier this week.

For the season Shrout is 30-of-67 passing for 301 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. So far, he’s been better in relief, with a 133.1 passer rating (21-of-35, 226 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT). As a starter, he has a 51.9 rating (9-of-32, 75 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).

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