August 17, 2006

Palazzi fitting in

BOULDER, Colo. - The transition from high school football to the Division-1 level is typically a difficult one. But Wes Palazzi has more than held his own during the first week and a half of preseason camp.

The 6-foot-1, 285-pound offensive lineman from Plano, Texas, is one of three true freshmen that have worked their way into the two-deep.

Palazzi began camp at center but later moved over to left guard. He is listed second on the latest depth chart behind established veteran Brian Daniels.

"It's definitely a big change," he said. "The speed and everything is a lot different at this level. It's a whole new experience but everything is going well. The older guys are great, the freshman class is great and Coach Strausser is great. They're all great people and I'm excited to be up here.

"I'm honored to work with Brian [Daniels] and Mark [Fenton], they are up all for all these preseason awards. I can learn a lot from them because they have been in at this level for a while now."

Known as Wes Simon during the recruiting process, he decided to take his mother's maiden name prior to enrolling at CU. He was a three-star prospect and was ranked the 12th best offensive center prospect in the country.

Like his roommate at CU, Justin Drescher, who is listed as the starting long and short snapper, Palazzi is hoping to play this season.

"Obviously I will do whatever is best for the team, but my preference is not to redshirt," he said. "I would rather back up one of these seniors and learn from them for next year. I'm not really the kind of guy that sits around and wants to take a year off. I'd rather be in the two deep than redshirt."

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