Coach's Corner: Greg Critchett of Cherry Creek

Taj Kaynor

Cherry Creek head football coach Greg Critchett talks about Colorado verbal commit <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1206030]>Taj Kaynor</A>. Critchett also speaks about Mullen running back and CU commit <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1164714]>Maurice Greer</A>, a player Cherry Creek faced twice in 2004.

Kaynor played defensive end for Cherry Creek. The Bruins went 12-2 in 2004. Their only losses came at the hands of Mullen, including a 30-9 setback in the state 5A championship game.

Kaynor verbally committed to the Buffs the day after he was offered a scholarship in November. Critchett said he thought Kaynor projects to play defensive end at Colorado, but with his big frame — currently 6-6, 245 pounds — he could also play offensive tackle.

Here's what else the coach had to say about Kaynor.

In General
Critchett:
He's been really good in the sense that he's got that frame. He's got the ability to move and change directions, and things like that. But what I've noticed the last two years of him playing for us — he had a stretch his junior year where it seemed like each week he was getting the big hit of the week. He was making some tide-turning type hits. And then even this year against Arvada West in the first game, he gets pressure on the quarterback and hits him, the quarterback throws high and we pick it off.

And when the playoffs started, against a couple of teams that live off the boot, he was able to play off and tip the ball and get some bat downs. So he really was a solid player for us.

He's a kid that can do the splits. At one of the pep assemblies, the kids dress up and dance around and do some crazy stuff. That was his thing, he just popped the splits right in the middle of the floor. He has that type of flexibility, and he can run. You don't see that out of big kids like that. Usually they lumber along, but he can motor.

On Kaynor's transition to college ball
Critchett:
He's always one of those guys that played football and basketball, and in the summer he played summer basketball. Now his metabolism will slow down a little bit (and he'll put on weight). But his biggest transition will be as a bigger guy, playing against the bigger guys. Sometimes you're able to get away with some things until you come against some stronger teams and guys that get under your pads. You might get away with some technique (in high school) that might not be the best. But the thing about him is he's never afraid to hit. He doesn't shy away from that, and he's pretty competitive on the field.

On Mullen's Maurice Greer
Critchett's Cherry Creek team faced Mullen and CU verbal commit RB Maurice Greer three times over the past two seasons. Here's what Critchett had to say about Greer.

Critchett: He's one of those players, after playing against him the past two years, you're kind of happy he's gone. He's one that you can hold to a yard here, or three yards there, and then all of a sudden he'll pop 50.

What's interesting about him is over the course from last year to this year, his ability to read holes and have some patience and accelerate, he really improved. I was impressed with him.

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