Never A Dull Moment In CU's QB Race
By Alex Schultz
It’s juicy, stuffed with drama and composed of characters whose decisions often leave followers scratching their heads.
If you guessed “Jersey Shore” or “The Real World,” you’d be close. Of course, maybe some would describe Colorado’s quarterback situation as a spicy reality TV show.
Drama, an ever-changing storyline, an entertaining cast — Boulder has them all.
And the plot thickened even more in recent days when news surfaced that redshirt freshman Shane Dillon and third-year sophomore John Schrock are leaving the program.
Thought by many to be the quarterback of the future for CU, Dillon decided to give up football to pursue basketball. Recruited by former CU quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer out of El Cajon’s (Calif.) Christian High, Dillon picked the Buffs after receiving offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Vanderbilt. According to Rivals.com, the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder was the country’s 13th-best pro-style quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class.
“I always kind of felt my decision that I had to play football was forced upon me a little bit,” Dillon said in a university news release. “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 reportedly spoke to CU head basketball coach Tad Boyle about the possibility of playing for the Buffs, but Boyle informed Dillon no scholarships are available.
After having surgery on his throwing shoulder and redshirting last season, Dillon completed 19 of 39 passes in the spring and was listed third on the post-spring depth chart.
“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,” Dillon said. “I was a late bloomer in football and never started playing quarterback until halfway through my sophomore year."
As for Schrock, his decision is the more unsurprising one. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was a walk-on from Mission’s (Kan.) Shawnee Mission East High and threw one pass for the Buffs, a 7-yard completion last season.
Schrock decided to hang up the cleats to focus more of his time and attention on his studies. He plans to stay enrolled at CU.
The decisions take a hefty bite out of CU’s depth chart at the quarterback spot. On April 9, incumbent starter Jordan Webb tore his ACL during a practice session. A month later, the graduate student was involved in an altercation that currently has him suspended from the team. On April 17, Nick Hirschman, who was tied atop the depth chart with Connor Wood at the end of spring drills, made the peculiar decision to transfer from CU. The fourth-year junior eventually wound up at Akron.
That leaves true freshman Sefo Liufau, junior-college transfer Jordan Gehrke and sophomore Stevie Joe Dorman as the only other available quarterbacks. None has taken a snap in a live game for the Buffs.
Wood figures to be the starter come fall, but considering everything that has happened in the past four months, who knows if he’ll even be around in September.