Tough talk

Colorado relies on their trilingual offensive lineman to hold the team together.

Updated: March 19, 2003, 2:17 PM ET
By By Ryan Hockensmith, ESPN The Magazine
French sounds soft. Swearing in English is coarse. So when Colorado guard Marwan Hage flips out, the trilingual senior -- born in Beirut, raised in Montreal -- resorts to Arabic. "Sounds just right," he says.

Take last year's 40-3 pummeling by USC, when CU had 37 yards on 35 carries. "We gave up, and I told my guys that," Hage says. "They didn't know what the hell I was saying, but they understood."