Coaches Corner: Buffs Grab Sleeper Lineman

Colorado has been known for picking up lineman late the last few years and the Buffs' staff has done it again this year. This time they have gone into Oceanside, California to grab a player that camped with CU over the summer. Colorado desperately needed another offensive lineman in this class after losing one just a couple days ago. We did an interview with the player's coach to find out all about the newest Buff.

Daniel Sanders, a 6-3, 300-pounder comes to CU out of El Camino High in Oceanside, California. He is a player that attended Colorado's camp over the summer and really impressed the CU coaches with his run-blocking ability. He is said to run his 40 time in the 5.1 to 5.2 range.

"They really liked what he could do there in the one-on-one drills in terms of run-blocking," said Athletic Director, and former head coach Herb Meyer. "Northern Arizona's offensive line coach was also working that camp and they loved him so they offered before this year. I think he would have received a lot more attention had he not missed half of his junior year because of injury. He also missed two and a half games this year."

In Daniel's junior year he had a stress fracture in his foot that kept him out for five games and in his senior year he missed time with a calf injury. Coach Meyer says he is fine these days.

"He is a big guy with mobility. We brought him up at the end of his sophomore year to varsity and he started the championship game for us. He did a great job that game. We are primarily a option, running team so that is where his strength lies."

Coach Meyer went on to speak about what Daniel will need to work on.

"The biggest adjustment for him will be learning pass-protection. It will take him time to develop some skills there."

Despite missing some time, Sanders was still named honorable mention all-league after his senior year.

It appears that Daniel simply could not pass-up the opportunity of playing for a big-time school.

"He had committed to Northern Arizona within the last two weeks and then Colorado came calling last week. Coach Barnett called on Friday to offer him a scholarship and he called back to accept on Saturday after speaking with the NAU coaches. At first Colorado said they were only going to take two offensive lineman but then a spot apparently opened up and he was the third guy on their list."

He had taken trips to Northern Arizona and UC-Davis prior to his commitment to CU. Coach Meyer also says that Oregon State had shown some interest.

Daniel carries a 3.0 core GPA and is fully qualified.

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