Ankle injury sends starting QB candidate to specialist

Updated: August 13, 2003, 11:33 AM ET

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana junior quarterback Craig Ochs has flown to Colorado to see a specialist about an ankle injury that has kept him out of two consecutive practices.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound transfer from Colorado injured his right ankle during practice Monday.

Injuries to the same ankle kept Ochs out of the final seven practices of 2001 spring drills at Colorado and out of three games during the regular season. If the latest injury requires surgery, Ochs could be sidelined three months or more.

"From what I understand there is no final word," UM athletic director Wayne Hogan said. "I've been told there are a couple of ways he can go about the treatment."

Ochs, from Boulder, Colo., did not respond to a message left on his cell phone.

Montana coach Bobby Hauck would not release any information Tuesday about the extent of Ochs' injury, citing privacy rules. Hauck did not indicate when Ochs is expected to return.

"He's got a couple of personal things he's working through," Hauck said.

Ochs left Colorado last September and enrolled at UM in January.

With Ochs out, junior Jeff Disney took over the first-team offense Tuesday. Ochs and Disney were competing for the starting quarterback job.

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