Thanks to an injury sustained last season, Colorado may or may not have starting quarterback Sefo Liufau for the 2016 season. Thanks to an off-field issue this offseason, they definitely won’t have the player who replaced the starter at the end of 2015.
On the eve of the start of spring practice, head coach Mike MacIntyre announced that sophomore quarterback Cade Apsay, along with junior safety Evan White, have been dismissed from his football program. Other than the standard unspecified violations of team rules, no reason for the twin dismissals was given.
This is at least the second time in less than a year that Apsay has been disciplined as he was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season for team rules violations.
After returning from that suspension, Apsay resumed his duties as the primary backup to Liufau. When Liufau went down in mid-November with the Lis Franc injury that has left his future somewhat up in the air, Apsay started the final two games of the year. He ended up completing 59 of 92 passes (64.1 percent) for 582 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions.
With Liufau sidelined for at least spring practice and Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb not arriving until summer, the quarterbacking onus in the short-term will fall on redshirt freshman Steven Montez and senior Jordan Gehrke.
As for White, he played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2014, starting three of those contests. However, the defensive back’s playing time significantly diminished a year later as he played in just three games in 2015.