BOULDER – University of Colorado junior quarterback Connor Wood is opting to forego his final season of eligibility and end his football career.
Wood, 6-4, 225, from Houston’s Second Baptist High School, first enrolled at the University of Texas for the 2010 season but transferred to Colorado after his freshman year in Austin. He sat out 2011 due to NCAA transfer rules and competed for CU’s starting job in 2012, which went to Jordan Webb, a transfer from Kansas.
Wood handled not being named the starter that season as the consummate team player and with class, and would start one game later in the year. He earned the starting spot for this past year, but was replaced midway during the season.
“Connor is a great young man and was a big part of our program,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “He had a phenomenal game in our win over CSU in our season opener. He means a lot to our program and to our team, but he has decided to graduate and move on to other things in life.”
He intends to walk at graduation in May and finish up his requirements for his degree in Business (Finance) by August; he is not looking to then transfer and complete his career elsewhere.
“First of all, I want to thank my family for sticking by me through the thick and thin,” Wood said. “Whether I was the starting quarterback or battling for third string, their unwavering support for me was beyond compare. Secondly, I want to thank (Texas) coach Mack Brown for giving me a scholarship and the opportunity for me to pursue my dream of playing college football.
“And mostly,” he continued, “I would like to give a special thanks to the University of Colorado football team, and coach MacIntyre for allowing me to be a member of its family for the last three years. Coach Mac has this program going in the right direction, and I’m excited to see the Buffaloes fight their way back to the top.”
Wood started the first five games of the season, leading CU to a 2-0 start, before freshman Sefo Liufau took over the reins for the last seven games of the year, which saw the Buffs finish 4-8 overall. He played in seven games overall, completing 84-of-157 passes for 1,103 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Wood etched his name into the CU record book after those two wins: he set a school record for passer rating with 40 or more attempts in game with a 166.3 number versus Colorado State, when he completed 33-of-46 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns in CU’s 41-27 win. He then threw for 371 in a 38-24 triumph over Central Arkansas, tying Koy Detmer for the most 300-yard passing games back-to-back in school annals (two). Wood threw for the third most passing yards, 741, in two consecutive games (and the fourth-most, 887, for three games).
“I don’t know what the next chapter in my life will look like,” Wood said, “But one thing that I do know, is that my life is built on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and HE holds my future. I will forever be a Buff.”
CU will begin spring practice on March 7 and as of now, the only two quarterbacks on the roster are Liufau and sophomore redshirt Jordan Gehrke.