But Barreau had a change of heart and left the Air Force team in 2000, and spent the next two years serving his military obligation in North Carolina. During that time, he was also deployed to Kyrgyztan, where he worked security police detail.
Barreau joined the Colorado football team in August 2003, but a knee injury sidelined him for the season. With just one year of eligibility remaining, he's cracked the starting lineup at guard for the Buffs this fall. He had five knockdown blocks in the win over Colorado State.
Question: Tell me about your game on Saturday. How did it feel out there?
Terrance Barreau: It had been a while. I was kind of excited on that first play. I totally whiffed on my block. But I was able to calm down and we had a great game plan. I felt comfortable in there and I was able to come off the ball at full speed.
The O-line, we're communicating real well, and we had the running game going.
Q: It looked like they were running plays to yours and Sam Wilder's side of the line a lot.
TB: I told Coach Watson at the hotel, I said, ‘Run the ball over here, Coach, I'm ready to go.' That's what we game planned for, and it was working well, so we just kept going with it.
Q: How hungry have you been to get on the field?
TB: I don't think I had the mindset last year. I wasn't playing well and I wasn't learning my assignments. But over the offseason, I let my knee heal (from artho surgery), and I was able to get into it in the spring and feel comfortable. Once you feel comfortable, you can start to excel.
Coming into it I think I understand the offense a lot better than last year.
Q: Did you watch the Colorado team when you were serving your duty in the Air Force?
TB: I did. I remember I was in Delaware waiting to go overseas and I caught the 62-36 win over Nebraska. But the majority of the time I was working. We were working 14-hour shifts, so I didn't catch much college football when I was out there, but I saw that one.
Q: What do you think it did for you to be in the Air Force for two years?
TB: Definitely it gives me a perspective on things. The things I've been through, practice pales in comparison. When guys say, ‘Oh, this is so hard,' I think ‘you have no idea.' So, yeah, it puts things in perspective and allows you to bring some different things to the table. We're a diverse group of guys and I can bring something else to help out.
Q: What kinds of things are you talking about that you went through?
TB: Like survival training — when you're out in the woods for a week and a half with no food, and you're on your own. You're ready to give up, but you just fight through it. People don't realize how far you can push your body beyond what you think you can do.
It's mainly mental toughness that you learn.
Q: Washington State — what do you guys have to improve on for that game?
TB: Last year we came out flat in the third quarter. I think they scored 21 points on us in three minutes in the third. I had my knee surgery that week and so I had to watch the game from up in the box. It looked liked our O-line was playing well until the third quarter when they jumped on us.
If we come out with the right mind frame, we'll be ready to go.