May 27, 2007

Conan Amituanai enjoying new position

Conan Amituanai was a tight end in high school and came to Arizona to play defensive tackle in the 2006 recruiting class before ultimately switching to offensive guard after his redshirt season.

Since the switch, he has impressed coaches with his abilities and will be a contributor on an offensive line that should prove to be better, stronger and deeper than that of last season.

However, before choosing to switch positions, he spent a lot of time thinking about it and talking it over with family.

"I spent the whole winter break thinking about it," Amituanai said. "I had some of Coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo's brothers talking to me about my future here at the U of A and they really felt like if I wanted to support my family in the future with football, then o-line would be the way to go because I'm not going to get any smaller, I'm just going to get bigger."

Bigger is just the word for it as he has gained a solid 27 pounds since arriving on campus last fall at 278 pounds.

"I hope I can stick at 305 or maybe just five pounds less just to feel lighter on my feet, but with coach (Corey) Edmond in the weight room it's kind of hard to lose weight when you're lifting and taking in all of that protein," Amituanai said.

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