Welcome to Buffaloes Summer Break where CUBuffs.com catches up with Colorado student-athletes and coaching staff members throughout the summer "off season."
Today's installment comes from junior offensive lineman David Bakhtiari. A native of Burlingame, Calif., Bakhtiari played in nine games last season after playing in 12 contests as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He played a total of 630 snaps in 2011, while only giving up two sacks. He was named second-team All-Pac-12 by conference coaches and was a second-team Sophomore All-American by collegefootballnews.com. He considers himself a gym rat and enjoys lifting, basketball, swimming, waterskiing and snow skiing.
What is your favorite summer time activity?
I don’t have too many because I’m pretty busy with workouts, but outside of workouts, I would have to say playing tennis. I grew up playing tennis, I love watching it and I’m pretty good at it.
Favorite vacation destination and why?
I would say Hawai’i because it is probably the nicest place I’ve been to for vacation. I like the ocean, the seafood and just being there.
What was your first summer job?
I was a tutor for these kids when I was 12 or 13 years old. It was in a few subjects but mostly in math because I am pretty good with numbers. It was an enjoyable experience.
What was your most memorable summer job experience (either good or bad)?
It was probably being a tutor. The kids were fun to be with.
What is the most important activity you engage in during the summer months that helps prepare you for the next season?
I would say a combination of lifting, running and the player-run practices. That way I am physically getting stronger, I am running so I am getting more conditioned and the PRP’s because it is a mixture of still feeling comfortable when we put on pads, like in the run blocking and the kick stepping, and when we go into the film room once a week. It is good to get the mind rolling and start talking in football lingo and knowing what we need to do and how we need to go out and block people, so we know what is going on when August comes around instead of not thinking about it for four or five months.
If they offered a class in ______________________ at Colorado during the summer I would surely get an A+.
Finger painting for non-majors. I am almost positive that I would get an A+.
What is your favorite moment here at Colorado so far?
It was probably beating Georgia (in 2010). It was a cool experience because I got some playing time in the game. The second one would probably be beating Utah at the end of last season. Getting that road win was a pivotal point for us.
The thing that surprised you the most about the move from the Big 12 to the Pac-12 Conferences is:
Nothing was too surprising. In the Big 12, you would see more bigger, stronger guys (on the defensive line), and in the Pac-12, you would see more faster and quicker guys, but there is still the big strong fast dude on just about every team. I guess a big thing is that my parents get to go to more games since it is closer to home.
Best advice for youth that are beginning to compete in athletics.
Don’t quit, always try your hardest and never give up. I feel that I wasn’t blessed with too many good athletic characteristics, but the one thing that I got from my Dad is the ability to never ever quit and always compete and try the hardest in everything that I do.
If you could play a single game/event for a CU team that is not your sport, which would it be and why?
Tennis because I feel that I am pretty good at it. The reason why I didn’t choose golf or basketball is because I have a hard time hitting the ball in golf, so I still need to learn how to play, and in basketball, I’m past my prime. I’m the guy that plays really hard on defense and gets the rebounds, but when it comes to shooting – I’m not the best shooter, let’s say that.
If you could bring one famous person to Colorado for a day-long tour who would it be, and what would you do with them?
Vince Vaughn because I think he is a character and funny. We would go watch a women’s soccer game and then after that, kick the soccer ball around – see if he has any skills – and then grab some food at Sewell Dining Hall.