August 22, 2006

Hypolite more confident entering 2006 season

BOULDER, Colo. - On the surface, it looked like George Hypolite's transition to the college level was a breeze last fall.

After reporting to camp 15 pounds heavier than his signing day weight, Hypolite was placed at defensive tackle. He cracked the two deep after just seven practices. But behind the scenes, it was a difficult transition.

Hypolite had never played defensive tackle. He was a fullback and defensive end at the high school level.

"It was very tough," Hypolite recalls. "You kind of come in as a freshman wide eyed, not knowing what to expect and not knowing what to do. You kind of get thrown into the fire.

"When the season starts, the bullets are flying and you are supposed to be on the same page with guys that have been here for five years. It was more mentally tough even though it was also physically tough. All that being said, it was still a great experience and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

"I started to feel more comfortable by the end of last season, after seeing more reps and playing against Big 12 competition. I started to find my nitch; figure out what I'm good at and figure out what I needed to improve on this off-season."

After seeing action in 12 games as a true freshman, Hypolite is projected as a starter at defensive tackle for the 2006 season. He has also practiced some at defensive end during preseason camp.

"I just fill in where I can fit in," he said. "We have guys hurt so I have been asked to move outside, and still play some inside. I'm basically doing whatever they need me to do. During the season, guys are going to go down, get hurt, things are going to happen. So if I have to move out to end during the season this camp is definitely going to help me because of the reps I've taken there."

Tuesday is the final day of preseason camp and two-a-days. That is music to Hypolite's ears.

"Camp has been long and tough but we have a saying around here, 'Do we want to win seven games or 14?'," Hypolite said. "So we are willing to sacrifice and put in the hard work out here."

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