Solder 1st team All-Big 12

Colorado left tackle Nate Solder admitted today he was a little surprise when he heard he had been named a first team member of the Big 12 coaches' All-Conference team. Get inside for more from Solder.

Solder said he achieved one his personal preseason goals by earning selection to the All-Big 12 team. After finishing 3-9 this season, he wasn't sure what to expect in terms of postseason recognition.

Solder said the fact that the league's coaches vote on the team humbles him.

"That was awesome," Solder said. "That's really neat for me. It means a lot to me.

"It's great. Maybe it didn't come at the best time for the team. It feels good for me. You know, you put a lot of work in. So that's nice to see."

Solder started every game for CU the past two seasons at left tackle after moving to the position prior to the 2008 season from tight end.

He said it has been a long learning process and one that is ongoing. Solder said he can still be a much better offensive lineman and he hopes to improve next year. Solder said he will have to set his own expectations even higher for 2010, which could mean a preseason goal next year of becoming an All-American.

"You've got to be better every year, you know?" Solder said.

Solder said it would be too difficult to pinpoint one area where he improved most this season. In terms of improving for next season, Solder said he knows how he wants to improve, but it's difficult to define it.

"It's going to be going in there and, you know, coach (Denver) Johnson calls it the X-factor," Solder said. "Just something about it, you just win. It's not a matter of just doing good enough. It's doing great. That's what I want to do."

Solder also said he is not giving any thought to investigating where he would be drafted if he decided to turn pro early. Solder said he has unfinished business at CU and he plenty of room for improvement despite today's news.

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