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#97 Taj Kaynor
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 275
Year: Senior
City/State: Englewood, Colo.
High School: Cherry Creek
Experience: 3 Letters

AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr.)—He saw action in five games, all on defense, playing 38 snaps from scrimmage.  He had three tackles for the season (two solo).  He was the recipient of the Dan Stavely Award as the most improved defensive lineman during spring ball, as selected by the coaching staff.

2008 (Jr.)—He saw action in seven games (no starts), playing 20 snaps from scrimmage.  He had two solo tackles, one for half a quarterback sack against Colorado State, and the other against Texas.  He had nine tackles (four solo, one for a loss) in the three main spring scrimmages.

2007 (Soph.)—He saw action in eight regular season games (no starts), playing 55 snaps from scrimmage on defense; he had one assisted tackle in the Missouri game.  He played at 10 pounds lighter than he did as a redshirt frosh.

2006 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in 10 games (no starts), as he was in for 32 snaps on defense and had an assisted tackle and a pass deflection on the season.  He had the tackle in the Arizona State game, and the PBU came at Nebraska.  He had bulked up by 15 pounds from the previous season.  A wrist injury he suffered in the spring healed in time for him to return to normal conditioning workouts by mid-summer.

2005 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced all season at defensive end, and was nearly “activated” at midseason due to injuries at the position.  He won the Scout Team Defense Award for the Missouri game, as selected by the coaching staff.

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he was named All-Midlands by PrepStar, as well as earning all-Centennial League honors and honorable mention all-state (5A) accolades by the Denver Post.  He had 95 tackles (50 solo), 20 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 13 quarterback hurries and 15 passes broken up.  In his junior season, he recorded 85 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 12 pass breakups.  He played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a freshman and sophomore.  His top prep games included a 24-22 win over Columbine as a senior, when he made 14 tackles along with causing a fumble, recovering another and one pass deflection; against Mullen the same year, he had 12 tackles, two quarterback sacks and one pass knockdown in a 21-6 loss; and he recorded 10 tackles against Grandview in a 24-17 win, including two sacks and two pass breakups.  Under coach Tim Flanagan, the Bruins were 12-2 his senior year, losing to Mullen in the 5A State Championship game, and his junior year, Creek went 7-4 and lost in the opening round of the playoffs; his position coach was Greg Critchett and all told, Creek was 40-11 during his prep career.  He lettered three times in basketball, averaging 10 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior; he did not play as a senior so he could gain weight and concentrate his efforts on football.

ACADEMICS—He majoring in Sociology at Colorado and was on schedule to graduate in May 2010.

PERSONAL—He was born April 17, 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  His hobbies include music and playing most sports.  He moved to Colorado from Utah when he was a 4-year-old, and quickly became a Buffalo fan (First name is pronounced similar to Taj Mahal.)

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2006 10 32 0 1 1 0- 0 0- 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007 8 55 0 1 1 0- 0 0- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 7 20 2 0 2 1- 1 0.5- 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 5 38 2 1 3 0- 0 0- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 145 4 3 7 1- 1 0.5- 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
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