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Nebraska o-lineman sentenced to 45 days in jail

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Offensive lineman Alex Lewis will serve some time in jail, but the Nebraska player will be allowed to finish out the spring semester before doing so. Lewis has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and will serve two years of probation for a fight last spring in Colorado.

Lewis was involved in a fight that left an Air Force cadet unconscious. Police had also arrested Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb at the same time. Lewis pleaded guilty to a third-degree assault charge in December and had a handful of other charges dropped as part of a plea deal. A district judge decided Lewis may finish out the spring semester at Nebraska before serving his time. Lewis transferred to Nebraska from Colorado last year.

“When somebody is doing something and doing something well, we want to encourage that going forward,”Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler said, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. “But I got to tell you, even though I think you are trying to accept responsibility for this, there is some minimizing still. I don’t think a couple of pushes did this.”

Being able to finish out the spring semester at Nebraska allows him to keep up with his schoolwork and should mean he is eligible to finish out the spring practice schedule with the Huskers. It seems he is realizing the severity of his actions, at least if you can take a quote at its word.

“It scares me to know I had an impact on someone else’s life,” Lewis said, according to Lincoln Journal Star. “Hard to come to terms with the fact that I had a problem, but I did get help. … Off the field I’ve grown exponentially as a man.”

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Colorado junior QB will not return for 2014

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Colorado junior quarterback Connor Wood is stepping away from football and will not play in the fall of 2014. The university announced the retirement decision Friday through a release, stating Wood will graduate this spring and not pursue a transfer to play elsewhere next season. He will do so with one year of eligibility remaining.

Wood transferred to Colorado from Texas after the 2010 season and sat out the 2011 season before competing for the starting job under center in 2012. That competition was won by Kansas transfer Jordan Webb, but Wood came back in 2013 to win the starting job at the start of the season. He was eventually replaced by freshman Sefo Liufau in the middle of the season.

“Connor is a great young man and was a big part of our program,” Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a statement released by the university. “He had a phenomenal game in our win over CSU in our season opener. He means a lot to our program and to our team, but he has decided to graduate and move on to other things in life.”

NCAA transfer rules would allow Wood to play at another FBS program in the fall because he will have graduated, but according to Colorado he intends to graduate this spring and move on to life after football.  

“First of all, I want to thank my family for sticking by me through the thick and thin,” Wood said. “Whether I was the starting quarterback or battling for third string, their unwavering support for me was beyond compare. Secondly, I want to thank (Texas) coach Mack Brown for giving me a scholarship and the opportunity for me to pursue my dream of playing college football.”

Ex-Longhorn Connor Wood named Buffs’ starting QB

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During the offseason, Colorado lost two quarterbacks to transfer and their starter for the first nine games of a woeful 2012 season, Jordan Webb, tore an ACL during spring practice.

After all the turmoil and tumult of the past few months, the Buffs have some clarity at the position.

Continuing the string of similar announcements — or non-announcements as the case may be — CU confirmed late Monday morning that Connor Wood will start the opener against in-state rival Colorado State Sunday.  Wood’s backup will be true freshman Sefo Liufau, who won that job over JUCO transfer Jordan Gehrke and redshirt sophomore Stevie Joe Dorman.

“I’ve been pleased with his progress,” CU offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren said. “Attending the Manning Academy in the summer was really big for him, being around some starters from around the country. You could tell his confidence was boosted from that. And being selected a captain by his teammates – that’s as big an honor as you can have, in my opinion. It shows the confidence this team has in him.”

In August of 2011, Wood transferred from Texas to Colorado.  After sitting out that season, he started one game for the Buffs in 2012.

Wood was a four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country.  He plummeted to No. 4 on UT’s depth chart his true freshman season before leaving a year later.

Buffs lose another quarterback

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(Writer’s note: not literally lose as in misplace, but you get the general gist)

For the third time this offseason, a player at the quarterback position has decided, for one reason or another, to take his leave of the Colorado football program.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera‘s Brian Howell, third-year sophomore John Schrock has decided to give up football altogether and will instead concentrate on the student part of student-athlete.  Specifically, the paper writes, Schrock plans to attend medical school after completing his undergraduate degree in integrative physiology at CU.

“It was a tough decision for John as he does love football, but we talked and he is serious about becoming a doctor,” head coach Mark MacIntyre told the Daily Camera. “He decided it was in his best interests to leave the team to concentrate on his academics. He is a fine young man and I think he will be successful in his pursuits.”

In 2012, Schrock played in two games for the Buffaloes.  His only attempt was a completion for seven yards.

In April, Nick Hirschman announced his plans to transfer from CU, later enrolling at Akron. Three months later, Shane Dillon revealed he would be giving up football to play basketball at another institution.

The attrition at the position doesn’t end there as Jordan Webb, who started nine games for the Buffs last season, suffered a torn ACL during spring practice and was lost for the year. Subsequent to that, Webb and a CU teammate were involved in a fight that led to charges.

At the moment, Connor Wood, a Texas transfer, sits atop the Buffs’ depth chart at the position heading into summer camp.

Buffs QB to transfer, pursue basketball

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Transfers are commonplace in college football, especially during the offseason. But transferring to pursue another sport? Well, that’s where the case of Colorado quarterback Shane Dillon is a little different.

The school announced on Tuesday that Dillon is transferring from the program to pursue basketball. Dillon, a redshirt freshman, says that basketball has always been his passion. The release did not say to where he would transfer, but playing for Colorado’s basketball team doesn’t sound like an option due to scholarship limits.

“I’ve grown up playing basketball my entire life, I’ve always been a basketball kid and have played since I was 4 years old,” said Dillon. “I was a late bloomer in football and never started playing quarterback until halfway through my sophomore year.

“I always kind of felt my decision that I had to play football was forced upon me a little bit. People told me I had to make a decision by the end of my junior year between football and basketball because quarterbacks all seemed to commit pretty early.  Basketball has always been my passion, and even though I really enjoyed my year here, I felt the time is now for me to make the change.”

Dillon did not see any action in 2012 as he recovered from major shoulder surgery.

“We hate to see Shane go, he’s truly a phenomenal young man, but we understand what he wants to pursue,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said.  “I felt like he definitely had a future in football, but as Shane and I discussed, it was going to take hard work to succeed in football, and it’s also the same for basketball.  Instead of throwing passes for three hours in practice, he’ll be shooting baskets.

“But you just can’t change your passion, and his is basketball. It was a tough decision for him but one that he reached after working through it the entire year.  We wish him the very best and we know that he will be successful in whatever he attempts in the future.”

Dillon is not the first Buffs quarterback to depart the program this offseason. In April, Nick Hirschman announced his plans to transfer and later said he would enroll at Akron. Jordan Webb, who started most of 2012, tore his ACL this spring and was allegedly involved in a fight away from the field in May. Now, the Buffs are getting dangerously thin at quarterback.