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QB Craig Ochs "pretty sharp" but defense gets two touchdowns in Friday's closed scrimmage. The Buffs also announced their captains for the 2002 season and starting corner backs for Colorado State.

The University of Colorado selected their captains for the 2002 football season Friday night.

Jr. QB Craig Ochs, Sr. OT Justin Bates, Sr. DT Tyler Brayton and Sr. OG Wayne Lucier were the top four vote recipients.

Bates and Brayton are fifth-year seniors, while Lucier and Ochs are in their third year; Lucier transferred to CU in 2000 after two seasons at Northwestern. Ochs is only the second junior to be named captain at CU since 1980, joining Ben Kelly, who was selected by his peers for the '99 season.

Four captains have proven to serve the Buffs well, as the last two times CU had as many as four permanent captains have been league championship seasons. In 1989, when the Buffs were 11-0 in the regular season and played for the national championship in the Orange Bowl, Bill Coleman, Mike Jones, Erich Kissick and Bruce Young were captains, with a fifth player, the late Sal Aunese, an honorary captain (he passed away on Sept. 23 of that year).

The other year was 2001, as CU won the Big 12 title and finished No. 9 with Justin Bannan, Andre Gurode, Michael Lewis and John Minardi captaining the team.

In other Buff news position coach Vance Joseph announced his starting corner backs for the CSU game will be Sr. Donald Strickland and Jr. Phil Jackson. Joseph also announced that Sr. Rod Sneed will start at strong safety and Jr. Medford Moore will start at free safety.

Sr DB Joe Swift will back up Jackson and Sr. Lovell Houston and Jr. clyde Surrell will back up Strickland.

And finally, QB Craig Ochs completed 18 of 20 passes and WR John Donahoe looked sharp in Fridays scrimmage. Ochs had missed Thursdays scrimmage with a blister on his heel.

The team went through several game time scenarios, including field goals drills, goal line drills and two minute drills. RB Marcus Houston saw most of the work at running back and Brian Calhoun worked with the second team. Chris Brown did not practice again.

Highlights included Rod Sneed's 90 kickoff return for a touchdown and two defensive interceptions for TDs.


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