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Defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has been reinstated to the Colorado program after a suspension. Alfano transferred to CU in January after spending last year at Alabama.
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Defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has been reinstated to the Colorado program after a suspension. Alfano transferred to CU in January after spending last year at Alabama.

Antonio Alfano has had a bumpy first few months with the Colorado football program, but the talented defensive lineman is back on track.

Colorado’s Antonio Alfano

CU head coach Karl Dorrell told on Wednesday that Alfano has been reinstated to the team after being suspended this spring.

“Antonio, he had to do some work over the course of the summer to get reinstated in the program and he’s met the expectations of it,” Dorrell said.

“There’s some positive things for him that he’s made, to his credit. I’m going to give him credit, because he buckled down and said, ‘I want to be a football player and I want to be at the University of Colorado. What do I need to do, coach?’ So, I mapped it out for him and he was able to come through with all of it.”

A former five-star recruit who signed with Alabama out of high school, Alfano transferred to CU in January. Shortly after Dorrell was hired in February, however, Alfano was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Alfano has spent the past few months working his way back.  Last week, he was named one of CU football’s students of the week.

“Part of it was taking a summer school class,” Dorrell said. “The other part was handling some of his medical issues that he’s been dealing with that he’s got documented – and the waiver from his transfer. He’s done a lot of leg work to get reinstated. He’s met all those things and checked off all those boxes to get things done.”

Because the Pac-12 Conference announced last week that it is postponing the fall sports season until at least Jan. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Buffs won’t be playing any games this fall. That, however, will allow Alfano to take a full course load and focus on his academics. That will help him to be eligible to play in the spring or next fall, Dorrell said.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Alfano was rated by as the No. 1 prospect in the country for the class of 2019. A graduate of Colonia High School in New Jersey, he signed with Alabama and enrolled in January of 2019.

Alfano spent the spring semester at Alabama, and even recorded two sacks in the spring game. He then went through preseason camp with the Crimson Tide last year before entering the NCAA transfer portal in October.

Recruited to CU by former head coach Mel Tucker, Alfano enrolled at CU in January, only to see Tucker bolt for Michigan State a month later.

Alfano joins a deep and talented defensive line group that is led by senior Mustafa Johnson.

Shenault to be suspended

When the Buffs do return to playing games, receiver La’Vontae Shenault will have to sit out for an undisclosed amount of time.

Shenault, a redshirt freshman, was arrested by Fort Collins police early on the morning of July 5 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a license violation and driving without headlights at night.

Dorrell said the situation will be handled within the program, but that Shenault will be suspended for some games. He declined to say how long Shenault would be suspended.

“He can practice, but he will not play for a number of games,” Dorrell said. “He knows that he’s in violation of not only campus policies, but also football program policies. He understands that he made a bad mistake and he’s embarrassed the football team. He’s willing to work to get back in good graces with everyone.”

The younger brother of former CU star and current Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Laviska Shenault, La’Vontae Shenault played in four games last season, preserving his redshirt year.

Shenault is scheduled for an appearance in Larimer County Court on Nov. 6.

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