When he discussed the injury (ACL) and his comeback in March during spring practice, Iltis said he was progressing well and was eager to get back on the field.
Something changed in the intervening months. Embree said Iltis explained his decision as one that was less about his injuries and more about just wanting to focus on academics.
"He has decided just to pursue his education," Embree said.
The Buffs were expecting to have four of five starters back on the offensive line this fall along with several backups who have logged some significant playing time in their careers. But there is suddenly a large vacancy in the middle with Iltis gone.
To add depth CU has signed C Brad Cotner as a late recruit.