April 3, 2007

Hartigan adjusting to college life, football

BOULDER, Colo. - Instead of enjoying his final months as a high school student, Josh Hartigan is making the major adjustment to Division-1 college football.

Hartigan graduated Northeast High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a semester early giving him a jump start over the Buffaloes' other high school signees from the Class of 2007.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker took time out to talk about the transition from high school student in the Sunshine State to college life at the University of Colorado.

Talk about your first two and half months on campus here at CU. How as the transition been for you early on?

Josh Hartigan: "It's been a great experience to be able to come in and get the early jump on everybody. But to be honest, it's been hard. It's been a hard transition just being away from home, not being able to go to my senior prom, not being able to hang out with my friends. It's been hard. But it's good. I like the fact I am able to get an early jump on everybody. I'm learning the defense before everybody. So I won't look so bad when all the other [high school signees] come in. So I'm happy about it."

Has the off the field stuff been even more difficult to adjust to?

"Yeah, the off the field stuff is way, way harder. The lifts are harder and then just waking up in the morning and you have that eight o'clock class. You are like, 'Man, I don't want to go to that class'. But you know you have to because they are checking classes. We were having to wake up at five in the morning to go run. Waking up your are just like, 'Man, I don't want to do this', but you have to. Because this is what you signed up for. It has been a hard transition all the way around."

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