Two Practices remain before Spring Game

With just two practices remaining before the annual Spring Game this Saturday, University of Colorado head coach Gary Barnett would like to see both his offense and defense focus on the blitz for the remainder of the spring season.

"I think what we are really going to concentrate on for the next couple days is blitzing," the fourth-year coach stated after Monday's practice. "That's the big thing right now. Our offensive line needs to pick up blitzes and work on the blitz protection, while we need to focus on our blitz package on defense."

With the recent move of senior Tyler Brayton from defensive end to tackle and junior Marques Harris back to the end spot, the Buff defense has quickly taken to the new blitzing mission employed by Barnett. After expressing his discontent with the defensive line's production last week, the head coach seems to be impressed with his newly remodeled front four.

"Moving Tyler Brayton inside is the best thing we could have done," Barnett said. "He is just a dominant figure in there right now. As for Marques, he continues to just be a great player. I am pleased with the moves we made."

Along with Brayton and Harris, the CU line is anchored by junior end Gabe Nyenhuis and tackles DeAndre Fluellen and Brandon Dabdoub. Barnett said he expects the sophomore Dabdoub and junior Fluellen to split time next to Brayton at other tackle post.

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Like all of the Colorado football family, Barnett was saddened by the news of former football star and Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White's death Monday.

"Through the years, he represented Colorado as best as anybody," Barnett stated. "He was maybe our most famous football player ever. But he was not just a famous player, he was famous man who did many great things. This is sort of like having the most significant role model that you could have come out of your program pass away."

Barnett said he has "just a got a gut feeling that somebody will draft (Jashon Sykes)," in the National Football League's upcoming weekend draft. Sykes, who missed the majority of the 2001 season after undergoing surgery on a separated disc in his upper vertebrae, was declared completely healthy by doctors and has said he felt great working out for NFL scouts over the past couple months.

Cornerback Lovell Houston missed the day's drills with a pulled quad muscle, while wide out Derek McCoy missed the session with a strained hamstring. Barnett said he expects both players to return by Wednesday.

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