Aaron Haigler had his ups and downs in his first season of college football.

The Colorado sophomore is grateful for the experience, however, and has spent this spring building upon that.

"I think it's huge to get some game experience," said Haigler, a 6-foot-6, 281-pound offensive tackle. "It was a little bit different (last season) being a freshman and not having much before that, but just some initial game experience is really good for you, I think, and it helped me learn a lot, especially learning how to apply the practice field to the game field."

Including the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State, Haigler started seven games at right tackle for the Buffs last season as a redshirt freshman.

Considering he didn't start playing the offensive line until his senior year of high school (he played tight end before that), Haigler is still improving his craft and shaping his body for the position.

He said he was around 230 pounds when he first got to CU and topped out at 270 last season. Since the end of the season, he's added 11 pounds of muscle.

"It's been nothing but good," he said of the extra weight. "The weight room has improved (me) a lot. The bar feels lighter and everything feels better when you're that much bigger. I can only imagine the next 10 pounds and the next 20 pounds. We'll see how that goes."

Haigler said the goal is to get to 290-295 by the start of this next season and eventually to get over 300 pounds.


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Head coach Mike MacIntyre has seen an improved Haigler this spring.

"He's gotten bigger and stronger, more comfortable out there," MacIntyre said. "He's ahead of where he was at the end of spring last year, which is what you want to see. I've been pleased with Aaron's progress."

Haigler has been pleased, as well, but hopes to keep it going. The Buffs are still trying to find their starting combination, and Haigler hopes to nail down a starting spot at right tackle.

"Spring is just all about improving and I think I feel really good right now and I know the playbook and I feel confident," he said. "It's just a matter of getting bigger and stronger and being able to really compete and make something happen in games."

Extra advantage?

Earlier this week, Colorado State moved a non-conference game with Oregon State from Sept. 23 to Aug. 26, making that the season opener for the Rams.

Just six days later, the Rams will face CU in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver, a game that supposed to be the season opener for both teams.

As far MacIntyre is concerned, the change doesn't impact the Buffs that much.

"We just have a game of film on them (now)," he said. "They'll have a game before us and we'll get to see that game. It won't change, to me, anything on the situation."

While CU will get a look at CSU's personnel, MacIntyre said, "I don't really think it matters either way, unless they've changed something drastically offensively or defensively. That'll help you if they have, but I don't think they probably will."

Notable

MacIntyre praised safety Evan White, who was dismissed from the team a year ago and returned in January. "Evan's done well, really well," MacIntyre said. "He's had an excellent spring." ... Safety Nick Fisher said running back Beau Bisharat and receiver Kabion Ento have been impressive. "I love the way he's running right now," Fisher said of Bisharat. He said Ento "has been catching every ball. It's been frustrating because you think you have him and then he just makes this one-handed catch. He just has some of the best hands I've seen so far."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.