Colorado retools practice schedule, Klatt vies for starting QB

Updated: August 6, 2003, 4:35 PM ET

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado opened its training camp Wednesday with quarterback Joel Klatt vying for the starting job and coach Gary Barnett looking to fill four spots on his offensive line.

Last year's starting quarterback, Robert Hodge, graduated. Other potential candidates to lead the Big 12 North defending champion include James Cox, Erik Greenberg and incoming freshmen Bernard Jackson and Brian White.

On the offensive line, Barnett said his team has good talent.

"We just don't have guys who have played a lot yet because of injuries," he said.

Players will compete for starting spots in long practice sessions. Barnett said Division I NCAA rules prohibiting consecutive two-a-day workouts have forced him to extend the length of some practices.

Single day sessions could last three hours and two-a-day sessions could last as long as 2{ hours each, "because we're afraid we're losing out in the long run on practice time," Barnett said.

Barnett added he's leery about the long practices. In previous years, "I'm usually two hours and out," he said.

Practices are also scheduled the next two Sundays, which have been a usual day off during camp.

Another change at training camp could result in sparse injury reports during the season. Federal rules that took effect in April require players to sign a waiver that allows personal information to be released to the media.

"As I see this thing, I don't think we're going to release injury information," Barnett said. "It's going to be a hard thing to sell to that kid, `Do you want to talk to the press about your injury?"

Kansas State, another Big 12 school, does not release injury information.

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