August 7, 2007

Barrett, Lucas ready to shine at d-end?

BOULDER, Colo. - The graduation of Abraham Wright and Walter Boye-Doe at defensive end opens the door for Alonzo Barrett and Maurice Lucas. Redshirt freshman Marquez Herrod will also factor into the rotation.

"Those are big shoes to fill," said Lucas, knowing that Wright and Boye-Doe combined for 14 sacks and 24 quarterback pressures last season.

"I feel like we can all be big pass rushers," added Barrett, who is entering his senior season. "I think we can get 10 sacks on each side between myself, Maurice [Lucas] and Marquez [Herrod]. We all need to get after the quarterback."

Barrett played 387 snaps in a back-up role as an underclassman. He won the Dave Stavely Award for being the most improved defensive lineman during spring drills.

"I have always tried to lead by example, ever since I got here," Barrett said. "So my routine hasn't really changed [now that I am working with the first-team defense]. I just have to keep doing what I have been doing. I'm always hustling. No matter where the ball is, I'm going to be around it."

Lucas was named the team's most outstanding freshman in 2005 after showing well in his six starts. But he took a step back as a sophomore and only played 167 snaps.

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