Jaleel Awini, who was suspended for most of last season, has elected to transfer to Colorado instead of his continuing his military training.
The sophomore began the season as a backup, but with thrust into the starting job when starter Kale Pearson was injured in week 1. Awini lasted 3 weeks, before losing his good standing as a cadet for 2 unreported incidents, although neither led to legal action. Awini was having issues with his academics at the time.
According to CFT, Colorado has yet to confirm Awini’s transfer, but he has contacted the coaching staff with regard to his intentions. Awini will have to sit out 2014, but will have 2 years of eligibility when he is ready to play in 2015.
Whether he plays quarterback is debatable, as he lacks the ideal size (6’2, 210) and may not have the skillset to play in a PAC 12 offense. Last season he completed 21 of 42 passes for 275 yards and 2 interceptions, and ran for 220 yards and 4 scores on 45 carries.
Ironically, Buffs coach Dan Hawkins offered Awini, a Colorado kid, a scholarship when he was in high school, but Hawkins was fired and the succeeding administration (Jon Embree) never followed through. Awini chose Air Force instead.