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Air Force QB says he’s transferring to Buffs

Jaleel Awini AP

Jaleel Awini may have lost his good standing at a service academy, but he’s apparently found it at a Pac-12 university.

While Colorado has yet to confirm it, Awini revealed to that he plans to transfer to the Buffaloes and continue his playing career in his home state.  After sitting out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Awini will be eligible to play in 2015 and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Awini, who played quarterback at Air Force but could move to wide receiver at Colorado, has already informed the CU coaching staff of his decision to transfer into the Buffs football program.

Awini played his high school football in Aurora and was actually offered a CU scholarship by Dan Hawkins; after his dismissal, Hawkins’ successor, Jon Embree, did not follow through on the offer and Awini opted for the service academy.

As a sophomore in 2013, Awini started three of the first four games of the season but was indefinitely suspended from the team shortly thereafter.  At the time of his suspension — or, as the academy put it, “no longer a cadet in good standing” — Awini was on academic probation.  It’s unknown if the suspension was related to academics or another issue.

“I am very thankful for my time at Air Force and thankful for just getting the opportunity to be there but the military lifestyle is not for everybody,” Awini told the website. “I learned a lot from my time at Air Force but football is just a little more important to me than the military lifestyle.”

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6 Responses to “Air Force QB says he’s transferring to Buffs”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 3:11 PM

    I didn’t realize they could just leave….

  2. annapterp says: Feb 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    You can leave a service academy after your sophomore year without having to repay the academy.

  3. gatorcheme says: Feb 12, 2014 8:07 PM


    You may have it backwards.

    Freshmen and Sophomore cadets (4th and 3rd Class Cadets) may be separated without obligation to serve.

    Junior and Senior cadets (2nd and 1st Class) are typically required to serve 4 years as enlisted, unless the service determines that they are unfit for duty.

  4. gatorcheme says: Feb 12, 2014 8:18 PM


    Each case can vary. but, you are correct, it’s not a simple matter of just packing your bags and going. You are a member of the armed forces when you enter the service academy. Just leaving would, at best, be considered AWOL and, worst, desertion.

  5. normtide says: Feb 12, 2014 11:23 PM

    I was wondering about tasty myself. Not complaining, but that should have been included in the story. I’m interested in how that side of it played out.

  6. ndrulez says: Feb 13, 2014 1:14 PM


    Not enlisted. They will become commissioned officers.

    Jaleel is an unbelievable guy. He will do great things at CU.

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