August 12, 2006

Golden Opportunity

BOULDER, Colo. - Much was made of Taj Kaynor's 8,000 calorie-a-day off-season diet. The redshirt freshman was packing on the pounds in order to help the Buffs' at their thinnest position. Kaynor now looks and feels like a defensive tackle.

"I approach this season with so much excitement," Kaynor expressed. "I have a chance to prove myself. George [Hypolite] and I are going to be playing a lot of downs so I think it will be great.

"At defensive tackle we don't have a lot of experience but I think by the end of this year we are going to be strong everywhere on the defensive line. It will be good for the future. So I feel great about it."

When Kaynor signed with the Buffaloes out of Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo., he stood 6-foot-5, 250-pounds. It was anticipated that he would play defensive end or potentially grow into an offensive tackle at CU.

"When I first got here, I just wanted to get on the field [somewhere on the defensive line]," Kaynor said. "I didn't want to get stuck on the sideline. I kind of wanted to play [defensive] end but they convinced me that if I moved inside then I would have a much better opportunity."

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