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Awini confirms intent to play at CU in online publication

Published: February 11, 2014, 12:02 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Jaleel Awini has confirmed what The Gazette reported on Monday – that he intends to play football at the University of Colorado.

In a story on BuffStampede.com, Awini is quoted as saying: “I am going to go to CU. I told their coaches that and they were excited. They think I will bring a little athleticism to the team at quarterback or wide receiver, anywhere.”

 Awini told the publication that he was initially offered a scholarship by Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins out of high school, but after Hawkins was fired replacement Jon Embree did not share that interest.

 Awini also said the military lifestyle was the primary reason he left Air Force, though it may not necessarilyhave been his choice after he was dropped from good standing as a cadet in March and disenrolled later in the semester.

 The quarterback started three games for Air Force and accounted for 495 total yards.

 “I am very thankful for my time at Air Force and thankful for just getting the opportunity to be there but the military lifestyle is not for everybody,” Awini told BuffaloStampede.com’s Adam Munsterteiger. “I learned a lot from my time at Air Force but football is just a little more important to me than the military lifestyle.”

The publication reports that Awini is currently attending junior college classes and will watch Colorado’s spring practices as a spectator and enroll in the university this summer. He will likely have to sit out the 2014 season and have two years of eligiblity remaining after that.

The Gazette first reported Awini’s intention to play at Colorado after noting that his Twitter handle had been changed to include: “University of Colorado football.”

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun had nothing but positive things to say about his former quarterback.

“He was a good worker on the field,” Calhoun said. “He is certainly a polite young man.

“There’s good ability there and a respectful young man.”

Awini was ineligible his freshman year at Air Force because he had attended a few summer classes at Colorado State between his year at the Air Force prep school and his freshman year. The Rams then did not release him from a commitment.