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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.

Colorado loses another player, this time to Nebraska

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Following the news that former Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman would transfer to Akron, multiple outlets are reporting that ex-Buffaloes offensive lineman Alex Lewis is transferring to Nebraska after a visit to Lincoln this past week.

Lewis started all 12 games for Colorado last season at left guard. His father, Bill Lewis, was an All-America center for the Huskers in 1985 before going on to a career in the NFL.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play where my father played,” Lewis said. “I finally get to do that.”

Lewis originally chose to grayshirt for the Buffaloes. He will have to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but have two years of eligibility remaining come 2014.

Ex-Buffs QB transferring to Akron

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A week after Colorado’s spring practices came to an end, quarterback Nick Hirschman decided he would spend his final two years of eligibility at another program. That new program, initially rumored to be “an Ivy (League)-type school” is Akron.

Hirschman told ESPN’s Joe Schad Thursday that he would be transferring to the Zips. He will be eligible to play immediately.

Hirschman started two games last season and finished with 589 yards passing, two touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Fellow Buffs QB Jordan Webb sustained an ACL tear near the end of spring practices and it was initially thought that he would miss the 2013 season. Early rehab success has given some hope that Webb could play this year, however. Connor Wood, a Texas transfer, started one game last season.

Jordan Webb’s 2013 season might not be over after all

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As it turns, the death of Jordan Webb‘s 2013 season may have been greatly exaggerated.  Maybe.

In mid-April, Colorado announced that the quarterback would miss the 2013 season due to a torn ACL.  Webb’s progress in rehab, however, has gone better than expected.

So much better, in fact, that head coach Mike MacIntyre is hopeful Webb will be back on the field by October, less than six months after suffering the injury.

“They’re working on him hard to get back as quick as he can get back and we’re shooting for him to hopefully be back some time in September and see how that goes for him,” MacIntyre said during Yahoo! Sports radio interview, by way of the Boulder Daily Camera. “But it’s definitely a step back. He’s not going to be able to get a sixth year the way everything worked out. So he’s got to push and try to get back and be able to help some this year.”

CU head trainer Miguel Rueda confirmed Macintyre’s optimism to the Denver Post.

“He had a great outcome with his surgery with Dr. (Eric) McCarty,” Rueda said. “A lot can happen between now and the first month of the season. We’re not ruling anything out. We’re comfortable with the progress he’s made.”

Webb, who transferred to the Buffs from Kansas, started the first nine games of the 2012 season before getting yanked in favor of Nick Hirschman, who himself transferred out of CU shortly after Webb’s injury.  Connor Wood, the Texas transfer who started one game last season, sits alone at the top of the Buffs’ depth chart following Hirschman’s departure.

If Webb were not to come back this season, it would end his collegiate career as MacIntyre stated, per the Post, that the player would not be getting a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA.  Shortly after Webb’s injury, the school began the process of appealing for an additional season of eligibility.