Tuesday Practice Notes

Colorado got back to work on the practice field Tuesday afternoon for the first time since the Buffs' 39-0 win over New Mexico State on Saturday. The Buffs began preparing for their Sept. 24 game at Miami (10 a.m. MT kickoff, MT). Inside, some notes from Tuesday's practice.

One of the issues the Buffs will face when they travel to Miami to play the Hurricanes is the heat and humidity. Anyone who watched the Denver Broncos get beaten by the Miami Dolphins in Florida Sunday saw how the heat can seemingly take a toll on a football team not used to playing in it.

The Buffs practiced in cool temperatures Tuesday. A long-range forecast calls for the mid- to upper-80s in balmy Miami on the 24th. Gary Barnett said his team was taking normal precautions before playing a game in that climate.

"We'll hydrate all week this week and next week," he said.

Asked if there was a danger in making too much of the heat and humidity, Barnett answered, "Probably. That's some people's approach, like (playing at) altitude. Some people don't mention (altitude), they just show up."

CU head trainer Steve Willard spoke with the Broncos' head trainer, Steve Antonopoulos, and CU strength coach Greg Finnegan had put a call in to the Broncos' strength coach to talk about the issue, Barnett said.

But Barnett seems to be taking his typical middle-ground, "it is what it is" approach.

"We've got a lot of guys (on the team) from that type of climate. But, you know, we've just got to go play," he said. "I've got a lot more to worry about with (Miami's) speed than the heat."

Brooks in limbo
Junior safety Dominique Brooks has moved out of suspension mode into limbo, according to Barnett. The head coach said the possibility exists that he could move back into suspension mode, or be fully re-instated to the team. Barnett said he didn't know when he'd make that decision. Brooks is still feeling the effects of his high ankle sprain, and did not practice Tuesday. Barnett said Brooks didn't practice both because of his ankle and his status with the team.

Lots of guys out
A lengthy list of players missed Tuesday's practice, most out because of injuries suffered Saturday. They include OL Tyler Polumbus, DL John Guydon (knee), OL Bryce MacMartin, TB Hugh Charles (foot), DL George Hypolite (ankle), OL Brian Daniels (rib) and LB Brian Iwuh (knee). Daniels and Iwuh's injuries were from the CSU game. The good news: Barnett said he expects all to be healthy enough to practice next week and play vs. Miami. Some may be available to practice earlier.

Torp on Ray Guy watch list
CU senior punter John Torp's name is on the 2005 Ray Guy Award watch list put out by the Greater Augusta Sports Council Tuesday.

The award committee presents the trophy annually to whom they deem the top collegiate punter. Torp is among 40 players on the initial list. It will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early November, then three finalists in late-November. The winner will be announced Dec. 8.

After two games, Torp is averaging 52.1 yards per punt on seven punts. He is not listed on the NCAA's official punting statistic leaders, presumably because he doesn't have enough punts to qualify. However, if he were listed, he would be leading the current leader, Baylor's Daniel Sepulveda, the reigning Ray Guy winner, by 4.5 yards.

In addition, CU leads the Big 12 in net punting (49.7 yards).

Speaking of statistics
Some CU individual and team stats of note through two games:
Individual
TB Hugh Charles, 103 rushing yards per game (5th in Big 12, 24th in nation)
QB Joel Klatt, 234.5 yards passing per game (3rd in Big 12)
Klatt 247.5 yards total offense per game (4th in Big 12)
TE Joe Klopfenstein, 50 receiving yards per game (9th in Big 12)
Klatt, 144.8 passing efficiency rating (4th in Big 12)
PR Stephone Robinson, 10.4 yards per return (10th in Big 12)
VB Lawrence Vickers, 12 points (non kicker) per game (tied for 1st in Big 12)
PK Mason Crosby, 10.5 points per game (1st in Big 12)
Crosby, 2.5 field goals per game (1st in Big 12)
CB Lorenzo Sims, 8 tackles per game (11th Big 12)

Team
Scoring offense, 35 ppg (5th in Big 12)
Scoring defense, 14 ppg (7th Big 12) Pass offense, 258 ypg (3rd)
Pass defense, 233.5 ypg (10th)
Rushing offense, 175.5 ypg (8th)
Rushing defense, 50 ypg (1st)
Total offense, 433.5 (4th)
Total defense, 283.5 ypg (4th)
Interceptions, 6 (1st)
First downs, 53 (2nd)