Barrett Hopes To Line Up Against His Brother

Colorado sophomore defensive end Alonzo Barrett fulfilled one dream last Saturday. This coming Saturday he may get to fulfill another.

Defensive line coach Bill Inge told Alonzo Barrett he would be starting vs. Oklahoma State last Monday. Barrett got the nod over junior Alex Ligon, and ended up sharing duties with Ligon in the 34-0 win over OSU.

This Saturday, Barrett may get the chance to fulfill another dream and play against his older brother, Jamal Barrett, a senior for the Texas A&M Aggies.

"It's something I've been looking forward to since I signed here – to go against him," Alonzo said after Monday's practice.

Jamal Barrett wears No. 55. He's an offensive tackle for Texas A&M, after transferring to College Station from Blinn Junior College. Jamal has played sparingly this season, and said he didn't have a sense yet if he would play against the Buffs in Boulder. But if he does, there's a good chance the two brothers would line up directly across from each other.

"That would be a dream come true," Jamal Barrett said. "We've competed a whole lot against each other (growing up) — why not in the Big 12? That'd be something you could remember the rest of your life."

At 306 pounds, Jamal is older brother, and bigger brother. Jamal said if he faces Alonzo Saturday, look for the Aggie to get the best of the Buffalo.

"I still have that big brother mentality," he said. "I'm still bigger than him."

Told about Jamal's take, Alonzo let out a big laugh Monday after practice.

"I'm not a little brother anymore," Alonzo said.

Jamal had just come from a film session, where the offense had watched tape of CU's game in Stillwater. He was impressed with Alonzo's first start.

"He's been looking pretty good on film," the older brother admitted.

Alonzo earned the start, the first of his career, because of his knack for being around the ball, according to defensive line coach Bill Inge.

"There are some fundamental things that he still has to improve on, but I was impressed with his awareness and his hustle," Inge said.

Inge's policy is that there are no set starters from week to week.

"Your production and your performance will (determine) your ability to start," Inge said. "It creates motivation in the kids."

Inge said after Monday's practice that he was involved in Zach Jones' move from defensive line to center last week. While Jones spoke of it earlier in the day as a permanent move, Inge was reluctant to call it permanent. He said, however, that Jones could help the team on either side of the ball down the road. Since Jones is likely headed for a redshirt year, the move will help Jones learn another position in case that's where he ends up.

There were roughly 4,900 tickets remaining for Saturday's game as of mid-morning on Monday. Athletic department officials are pushing for a sellout for the Homecoming game vs. Texas A&M.

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