CU's Klatt a mystery to Colorado State Rams

Updated: August 26, 2003, 2:29 PM ET

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado starting quarterback Joel Klatt is a bit of a mystery to the Rams.

Klatt threw three passes and took eight snaps last year as a freshman. "He's the primary unknown, and that's a little bit of a concern," Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick said.

But the Rams have Bradlee Van Pelt. "Sometimes, the known is something more frightening than the unknown," Lubick said Monday.

Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett has closed practices heading into Saturday's game against Colorado State at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. The Rams have won three out of the last four games in the rivalry.

Van Pelt hasn't endeared himself to the Buffs. During last year's matchup, he made a 23-yard, game-winning touchdown run, then turned and fired the ball into the face of Colorado safety Roderick Sneed in the end zone.

Lubick said the Rams are expecting CU to use the same basic offensive and defensive schemes that it has in the past four years under Barnett.

"I'm sure they are still going to run their base stuff," he said. "I can't imagine them changing what they have done in recent years just to catch us off-guard.

"If so, we've done a lot of hard work for nothing. At the same time, it's hard to put something brand new in and be effective the first time out. We'll just have to be prepared for anything."

The Buffs return eight starters from a defense that limited the Rams to 320 yards in last year's game.

The Rams plan to use Dexter Wynn for a few plays on offense, though the standout cornerback/return specialist will mostly play defense. "It's not like he has to know the entire offense; we'll only use him for 15 to 20 plays," Lubick said.

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