Spring top 12: Josh Hartigan

Colorado defensive end Josh Hartigan enjoyed a breakout season in 2010 as a junior. He adapted well to new coaches this spring and seemed to pick up where he left off. Hartigan is No. 11 on our list of Buffs who produced the best springs this year. Get inside for more.

Josh Hartigan led the Buffs in sacks last season registering seven in 11 games after making the transition from linebacker. He had played in just seven games in his previous two seasons combined. He also led the team with eight third-down stops.

Hartigan's speed and quickness makes him a tough assignment for big, lumbering offensive linemen and he continued to develop his pass rushing skills this spring under the guidance of Kanavis McGhee and Mike Tuiasosopo.

In a spring in which the defensive line was constantly shorthanded because of injuries. Hartigan was one of the most consistent players in the group along with fellow senior Conrad Obi.

Hartigan will have to be on top of his game again when fall camp begins. He finished spring ball listed first at left defensive end ahead of a player who is no longer on the team and Nick Kasa, who was injured for much of the spring.

Kasa is likely to be back to full health in fall camp and several defensive ends in the 2011 recruiting class will be given an opportunity to compete with Hartigan as well.

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