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KOY GOES TROLLING, CONTENT IN KNOWING THAT HE'S NOW NO. 1

While some unfettered University of Colorado students migrated last week to beaches or cozier climes for spring break, Koy Detmer broke tradition and went to Wisconsin.

Why? Brother Ty lives in Green Bay and works for the local professional football team. And walleye live in the local rivers.As decisions go, the one that sent Koy to the upper Midwest was as automatic as a 3-yard flip to an uncovered tight end. He's bigger, faster and stronger than at any time in his CU career, but let's just say Koy Detmer and the Baywatch scene are still an imperfect fit.

His new head coach and most Buff followers predict he is poised to make a significant splash next fall at quarterback. But three years after his arrival from Mission, Texas, Detmer remains the same semi-shy, unpretentious student of his sport. At 21, the "yes, sirs" and "no, sirs" aren't quite as frequent as they were at 18, but there is no trace of arrogance - and there likely won't be, no matter the degree of his team's (and his) success.

Rick Neuheisel, who tutored Detmer for the first time last fall and is making his debut as a head coach at CU spring drills, confesses to being "extremely" intrigued with Kordell Stewart's heir apparent.

"I think he can be fantastic," Neuheisel said of Detmer. "I may be crazy, and I certainly will be found out if I am. But I think that kid has rare ability, and I am excited in watching him develop."

It is a given that the 6-foot-1 Detmer, now a 182-pound junior who is almost 25 pounds heavier than he was as a freshman, will work with the No. 1 offense. Neuheisel's bigger task is developing a backup, choosing between sophomores John Hessler and Ayyub Abdul-Rahmaan.

"That's as critical a position as there is on the team this spring," Neuheisel said. "We can say what we want about Jeremy Weisinger (an incoming freshman), and certainly we think he's going to be an exceptional player, but for him to come in and do something next fall will be difficult. So we need for John and Ayyub to come to the front and prove they're capable college quarterbacks."

The offense Neuheisel and coordinator Karl Dorrell will implement is a multi-look receiver package that strays from 1994's two-tight-end base. Detmer said the option, which Stewart parlayed into 639 yards rushing and seven TDs, remains - "but probably won't use it as much. That was a big strength of Kordell's. I'm sure we'll still have it to keep defenses honest. It's a great play."

However, Detmer, who started twice as a freshman, was redshirted in 1993 and played in six games last fall, knows overall greatness in Neuheisel's offense rests with the QB. The responsibility "to understand the system and know what everybody's doing" will increase, Detmer said.

"I think that fits me," he added. "We had checks last year, and we're not changing a lot because we were so successful. But the complexity is going to go up a little . . . That has nothing to do with Kordell vs. me. It's just that the offense has evolved, and coach Neuheisel is putting in his ideas."

Even in two seasons of limited play, Detmer's 1,133 passing yards (418 on 33 of 50 completions vs. Oklahoma) makes him 17th on CU's career charts. If he meshes with the Neuheisel/Dorrell system as expected, his ascent could be staggering.

During spring break, the only advice offered by Ty - the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner at Brigham Young - concerned catching walleye. When the Brothers Detmer talk, football isn't a frequent topic.

"He knows I'm being coached here and have gotten plenty of that from our dad," Koy said. "He taught both of us, so we've learned basically the same things. Ty doesn't feel advice is necessary. So we hang out, fish and have a good time."