April 29, 2008

Mohler plugging away in the classroom

Shaun Mohler, the Buffaloes' lone Junior College signee from the Class of 2008, is confident that he will be able to join the Buffaloes before preseason camp begins. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker is currently taking six classes at Orange Coast College and he needs to pass two more courses during summer school.

"I am doing really good in my classes right now so it looks promising," said Mohler. "Right now I would say Geology is the hardest class I have. But besides that the other classes are fine, they are not too difficult. I have to take those two summer school classes and then I get out I believe on July 13th."

Junior College prospects often have trouble getting admitted to CU. P.T. Gates, Chris Todd and Lee Foliaki are among the JC recruits that have signed with the Buffs in recent years but could not complete the necessary coursework to transfer to CU.

"If I would have chosen another school I don't think I would have to take these summer school classes," said Mohler, who switched his pledge from Nebraska to Colorado after the coaching change in Lincoln. "But it's worth it. I love the school (CU)."

Mohler got a chance to take a break from his studies to attend the Buffaloes' spring game earlier this month. He got to sit in on meetings, attend the team's walk through and eat breakfast with the team and coaches on Saturday morning.

"Being out there for the spring game was great," Mohler said. "The weather was great. It was a lot of fun. I got to meet some more of the guys and see the coaches and talk with them. They said when I get there they are going to work me in at both of the outside linebacker spots, but I think mainly on the weakside. They told me they are probably going to switch to a 3-4, they have a lot of good recruits coming in at linebacker."

Despite his busy class schedule, Mohler said he has continued to lift weights and run every day. He is in weekly contact with linebackers coach Brian Cabral.

"Coach Cabral was the biggest factor in my decision [to sign with CU]," Mohler expressed. "He has coached so many players that have gone on to the NFL. I like his style of coaching. He has been through three coaching changes there so that tells you something. From everything I've heard, he is just a great coach."

A first-team Junior College All-American last fall as a sophomore at Orange Coast College, Mohler recorded 93 tackles, 22 for a loss and seven quarterback sacks.

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