CU Camp Countdown: Question 7

Colorado opens its 2008 August camp on Monday. BSN is counting down the days with the 10 biggest questions going into August practices. Inside, Question No. 7.

7) Is Erick Faatagi on board, and can he impact the offensive line?

Erick Faatagi showed up at Colorado as a sophomore transfer prior to the 2006 season and promptly injured a knee. He had surgery and redshirted that season.

Last year, Faatagi fell behind in the classroom and became an academic casualty. He participated in spring drills this year, but he wasn't completely out of the woods as he missed some time at the end of spring, including the spring game.

The good news is Faatagi is academically eligible going into camp. However, as is the case with all players who need to make the grade in the second summer session, we won't know for certain of his status until grades are posted from the current term that ends Aug. 8.

If Faatagi is on board, he has a good shot to start in his final season in Boulder. At 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, Faatagi is a road-grader. He has the kind of physical presence CU needs on the interior of its offensive line. But a starting job certainly won't be handed to him. He'll have to earn it.

Faatagi will compete with a group of guards in August, including junior Devin Head (the most experienced guard on the team this season), and redshirt-freshmen Matt Bahr, Blake Behrens, Shawn Daniels and Mike Iltis.

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