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Colorado OT Bakhtiari Declares For NFL Draft

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Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams is sacked by linebacker David Bakhtiari #59 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams is sacked by linebacker David Bakhtiari #59 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari has decided to enter the NFL draft.

The junior says the move has nothing to do with the dismissal of former coach Jon Embree following a 1-11 season.

New Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre says the Buffaloes would’ve loved to have Bakhtiari around next season but will fully support him.

Bakhtiari started 33 games over three seasons at Colorado, including 11 games last season at left tackle.

He announced his decision on Tuesday.

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