Quarterback Fales leaves Mesa team
Junior transfer Austen Fales, who competed for the starting quarterback job, left the team, Colorado Mesa University football coach Russ Martin said Wednesday.
“(Fales) decided to withdraw from school for personal reasons,” said Martin, who declined to elaborate on the reasons.
Fales completed 3 of 7 passes for 17 yards and one interception late in the Mavericks’ season opener last week at Humboldt State (Calif.) University. Deke Cisco started that game, and Martin said Cisco will start this week against the University of Northern Colorado at 1:35 p.m. Saturday in Greeley. The game will be televised on Altitude Sports and Entertainment.
Junior Jason Haferman is the backup quarterback, and freshman Kyle Duran (Chandler, Ariz.) is third on the depth chart.
“Also, we’re moving Kyle Duran up and getting him some reps,” Martin said. “Hopefully we’ll still be able to redshirt Kyle.
“We’ll go with what we’ve got. We feel good with what we’ve got. I think we’ll be just fine.”
Fales played two years at Hartnell (Calif.) Junior College, leading the team to a win in a bowl game. He was recruited by the previous Colorado Mesa coaching staff, but he chose Central Connecticut State, where he was offered a full-ride scholarship, he said. Fales finished his associate’s degree early and started taking classes at Central Connecticut in the spring of 2012 and participated in spring ball.
He said he called Martin in May and was told he could compete for the Mavericks’ starting job.
“I didn’t like the offense, it was more of a triple option,” Fales said of Central Connecticut. “I felt like if I stayed there, I’d be an average Joe there.”
Because of an injury to sophomore left tackle Teddy Silano, he will be replaced in the starting lineup this weekend by center Austin Bennett. Senior Matt Mankoff is moving from right guard to center, and redshirt freshman Nick Leonard will start at right guard. Silano broke his hand and is battling shoulder problems, Martin said.
“It was difficult for him to do much hitting,” Martin said.
The adjustments players have to make in the shuffling are easier, Martin said, because of the approach offensive coordinator Bill O’Boyle takes with the linemen.
“The guys have to know what is going on all the way across the front,” Martin said. “That way we can get our best players on the field. If our backup left tackle goes down, that doesn’t mean you go to your eighth or ninth best guy on the roster. We can move guys within. We feel we can still be good with those five guys.”
Sophomore middle linebacker Clint Imlay injured his knee and had swelling it. He is scheduled for an MRI and won’t play this weekend, Martin said.