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Oct 8, 2003

BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) received some good news concerning injuries Wednesday, as several key players returned to practice and now look to be probable for this Saturday's 1:30 p.m. home kickoff against Kansas (4-1, 1-0 Big 12).


The most notable news came about quarterback Joel Klatt, who head coach Gary Barnett said continued to look good during full-speed drills.  Having injured his shoulder against Washington State, Klatt missed three weeks of practice before entering the Baylor game last Saturday late in the fourth quarter.  Though the sophomore has yet to regain a 100-percent status, both Barnett and Klatt believe he will be completely ready come game time.  Barnett noted on Tuesday that he "would be really surprised if Klatt did not play" against Baylor.


On the rest of the injury front, starting cornerback Terrence Wheatley (sternum) "did a lot of good things" at practice, according to Barnett, as he also said it would be a surprise if the true freshman was unable to play Saturday.


Safety Medford Moorer (elbow) was back at full strength, and Barnett said the senior would play against KU.  Moorer, the Buffs' leading tackler and Jim Thorpe Award candidate, has racked up 50 total stuffs thus far, 37 unassisted and three coming for losses.  The 6-foot-2, 205-pound captain also has one interception, one pass deflection and four third down stops.


On a depressing note, the Buffs will probably be without the services of sophomore starting safety Brian Iwuh this weekend.  Iwuh has flown back home to Houston following two deaths in his immediate family.  Last Saturday, his step-father passed away from cancer, as did his older brother Wednesday morning. 


Defensive coordinator and safeties coach Vince Okruch also flew to Houston Wednesday to be with the family, as he is scheduled to return to Boulder Thursday.


When asked if he thought Iwuh would play against Kansas, Barnett replied:  "I can't imagine him getting back for the weekend in any stretch of the imagination.  Certainly, this is a very tough situation for all of us, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Iwuh family."


Barnett also noted that since spring practices began, CU has flown home 13 players who were dealing with family deaths or illnesses.  "I have never seen anything like this before," he commented solemnly.