Norgard looking forward to new position

Mountain Vista defensive end eager to get to Boulder

Clay Norgard was the first player to commit to Colorado for the Class of 2012.

While his future at CU appears to have changed, his commitment to the Buffs has not.

"I love the location (of the school), but most of all I love the coaches," he said this week. "I'm just very passionate about playing for them."

Norgard committed in mid-February. A 6-foot, 245-pound defensive end from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, it appeared at the time that Norgard would be an end or linebacker.

Now, he's looking forward to a playing right away at fullback.

"I'm very excited," said Norgard, who added he's been told he won't redshirt. "I know that there is no one there right now. I'm very excited about that (opportunity)."

Norgard, whose father, Erik, played offensive line at CU in the 1980s, said he doesn't mind switching positions.

"I just love to play the game," he said. "I played fullback in high school some. I know how to block and I think my speed from linebacker will carry over."

Norgard is looking forward to helping the Buffs right away. He added that he's not discouraged by the Buffs' 3-10 season.

"I thought they handled it very well," he said. "It's tough to come in (as a new coaching staff) and play like that right off the bat, but I thought the coaches did a very good job this season."

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