For the second time in a little over a year, Austin Kafentzis has decided a change of campus scenery is in order.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the quarterback’s name has been removed from Nevada’s online roster and he has left the team. Kafentzis’ father subsequently confirmed to the Deseret News that his son is transferring from the Wolf Pack to a junior college in Arizona.
Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich leaving to become the head coach at Hawaii in late November triggered Kafentzis’ decision, although the possibility of being forced to change positions played a role as well.
“He thought it was best to take a step back, and then start the recruiting process over after this season,” Kyle Kafentzis told the News. “He’s worked harder than ever. He’s got a smile on his face all of the time, and he just realizes this is his path.”
In May of 2015, Kafentzis announced that he would be transferring from Wisconsin. Kafentzis had been buried on the depth chart behind four other quarterbacks, which was the impetus for his decision to leave UW after just one semester. There was also talk that the Badger coaching staff might ask Kafentzis to change positions, something the player did not want to do then, either.
Recruited by and committed to Gary Andersen before the coach left UW for Oregon State, Kafentzis considered a transfer to the Beavers before settling on the Wolf Pack in June of last year.
A three-star 2015 recruit, Kafentzis was rated as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Utah. He was forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after a waiver for immediate eligibility was denied.