Cade Apsay is looking forward to getting back on a football field. He's just disappointed it won't be in Boulder.
The former Colorado quarterback, who was dismissed from the team earlier this year, said he is planning to go the junior college route to get his college football career back on track.
"My plan right now is to go to a JUCO by my house, attend school there and then try to transfer out from there," said Apsay, who is from Canyon Country, Calif. "It'll either be College of the Canyons or Glendale Community College."
Apsay played two seasons for CU but was dismissed from the team in January, along with safety Evan White, for violating team policies. In Apsay's case, he said his dismissal came after a positive drug test in January.
"(Head coach Mike MacIntyre) pulled me aside from a morning workout and he explained my situation going forward," said Apsay, who finished the school year at CU and will head home on Friday. "It was pretty disappointing. I didn't really expect it to happen, actually. I hadn't been partaking in activities off the field for a while and I didn't expect to get the news like that."
Apsay was previously suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season and said that prompted him to make changes.
"My perspective on school and my life going forward had changed and I matured a lot after freshman year," he said.
Although surprised to fail a test in January, Apsay said, "We figured it out. I understand what happened."
At this point, Apsay said he views the whole experience as a life lesson.
"It's opened my eyes to reality, the things I have to get done," he said. "It's definitely been a maturing experience. It's opened my eyes to my decisions and making better ones."
As a redshirt freshman last season, Apsay was No. 2 on the depth chart and appeared in five games. After starter Sefo Liufau injured his foot during the first half of a Nov. 13 game against Southern Cal, Apsay took over and nearly orchestrated an upset of the Trojans, completing 18 of 23 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns
Apsay started the final two games in Liufau's place but left the finale at Utah with a concussion. On the season, he was 59-of-92 for 582 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions.
With Liufau, now a senior, still recovering from his foot injury, Apsay would have been the most experienced quarterback on the field this spring, competing for the top spot with senior Jordan Gehrke and redshirt freshman Steven Montez. Having to leave his team was the tough part, though.
"It was extremely disappointing for me, especially not being able to play with the guys," he said. "I made a lot of friends here; it's a big family with the football team. I'm going to miss them the most."
CU's quarterback position is unsettled at this point, with Liufau still hobbled and Gehrke and Montez lacking Division I game experience.
"They're all fully capable of handling whatever situation they're in," Apsay said. "Whoever gets the job, I know they're going to excel."
Apsay believes he can excel, too, no matter where he lands.
"That experience playing at that level definitely helped me with the speed of the game," he said. "I'm excited to see what I can do from here. Football is still a passion of mine. Anywhere I go, I'm going to love playing, so I'm just excited to get back on the field."
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