Mavs catch a break

Romero's injury not serious; QB could play Saturday

Colorado Mesa University quarterback Steve Romero will be back sooner than expected.

The redshirt freshman, who injured his right shoulder early in the second quarter in Saturday’s loss to Nebraska-Kearney, will likely be back this weekend. The Mavericks (1-2, 0-1 RMAC) play Saturday at New Mexico Highlands (3-0, 1-0 RMAC).

Romero’s shoulder was only sprained, not dislocated or separated as was feared Saturday.

“Romero’s close,” Mesa coach Joe Ramunno told The Daily Sentinel on Monday. “I think he’s going to be all right this week. He’s our starter. He gave us a whole new thing.”

Romero completed 7 of 18 passes for 78 yards and was intercepted once. He led the Mavericks on their two scoring drives, but was injured on the second. Mike Mankoff came in and finished the second scoring drive with a 36-yard pass to Jay Knaus for Mesa’s only touchdown.

Romero transferred to Colorado Mesa this fall from Dixie State (Utah) College, where he redshirted last season. His final grades were released by Dixie last week, making him eligible to play this season.

Ramunno said Chris Henderson will likely get some reps with the first team this week and will back up Romero.

“Henderson brings a run element and quickness,” Ramunno said.

Offensive linemen Jeff Berghorn and Matt Mankoff and linebacker Chad Benkelman are all expected to return from injuries. Benkelman had a minor concussion.


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