February 19, 2008

Getting to know signee Shaun Mohler

The Buffaloes' lone Junior College signee from the Class of 2008, Shaun Mohler plans to battle for early playing time during preseason camp. In the meantime, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker has some work to do in the classroom. He is currently taking six courses at Orange Coast College and he will need to take summer school.

Mohler plans to depart Southern California for Boulder in July.

The top ranked JC outside linebacker prospect last cycle, Mohler recorded 93 tackles, 22 for a loss and seven sacks as a sophomore.

"I'm very excited to get Shaun in here, he was a Junior College All-American and he can come in and help us right away," CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral said on signing day. "In particular, he played at a level higher than high school and he can come in and without a doubt help us right away."

We caught up with Mohler and asked him a variety of questions as part of our series of Q&A's with the Buffaloes' 2008 signees.

Was it nice to finalize the whole recruiting process by signing your letter of intent with Colorado earlier this month?

Shaun Mohler: "Oh yeah, it was very nice. It was getting kind of stressful towards the end. I had schools coming in late so I am happy it is over with. I can focus on getting ready for next season."

I know I have asked you this before, but what was it that really made Colorado stand out in your recruiting process?

"Coach Cabral was the biggest factor. I am also impressed with the way Coach Hawkins is changing the program around, bringing in better recruits and better facilities. It just seems like Colorado is going to be good in the future."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life as far as football is concerned?

"There have been a few people. It is hard to pin point one, but I would probably say my grandpa. He has always been there for me, he has always wanted the best for me."

What is your most memorable moment on the football field so far in your career?

"This past season we beat Fullerton in triple-overtime and that was pretty memorable just because our season wasn't going so well and Fullerton is a pretty big team so it was a big win for us."

How would you describe your personality off the football field?

"Easy going. I'm a nice guy. Quiet."

What are some of your other hobbies outside of football?

"Sometimes I play basketball, play video games but right now I have been doing a lot of studying."

Have you declared your major yet? Do you know what kind of degree you want to pursue at CU?

"Sociology"

What is your favorite kind of food?

"Pork Chops"

What is your favorite TV show?

"Right now I like Rob and Big"

Do you have a favorite movie?

"The Program"

Do you have a pre-game ritual or tradition?

"I usually wear this Army shirt with the sleeves cut off. In the morning of game day I go get bagels. That's it, nothing too much."

What was the best part of the recruiting process?

"I guess it would be having head coaches coming to see me personally at the school. That was pretty cool. You see them on TV and then they come to your school to recruit you."

What was the worst part of the recruiting process?

"Having to say no to coaches. They are making the effort to recruit you so it was hard to tell them no."

Do you have any messages for Colorado fans?

"We are going to win a championship, that is for sure."

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