Buffs Elect Four Captains

On Friday, Colorado Buffalo players elected James Garee (pictured), Brian Iwuh, Joel Klatt and Lawrence Vickers as the 2005 team captains.

The players voted for the captains Friday night following the team's situational scrimmage at Folsom Field.

On Thursday, V-back Lawrence Vickers told the BSN: "That was always one of my goals, to be a captain and to lead the team. To be one of the people that people look up to and respect. I don't know what's going to happen because we have a lot of good candidates."

Friday his teammates decided Vickers was among the four top candidates and elected the running back who has 373 career rushing and 404 career receiving yards, and who should easily join the short list in school history of players who have 500 or more of each.

Joining Vickers from the offensive side of the ball is quarterback Joel Klatt. This is the second year Klatt has been named captain, and he is the first CU player to serve as team captain his junior and senior year since Barry Remington (1985-86). (Bobby Purify was a captain in two consecutive senior seasons, the first he ended up not playing due to injury).

Klatt has a chance to take over almost all of the school's major passing records, as he enters his senior season at fifth all-time in passing yards (4,679), second in attempts (695) and completions (425), first in completion percentage (61.2), fifth in touchdown passes (30) and tied for sixth in interceptions (25); he's also seventh in total offense (4,546).

Linebacker Brian Iwuh cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman. He led the team with 98 tackles in 2004, including a team-high 14 for loss.

Defensive lineman James Garee is the lone fifth-year senior among the four captains. He has started 21 consecutive games, and this spring moved from defensive end to defensive tackle.


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