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Colorado Buffaloes Football: Antonio Alfano reinstated from suspension

Five-star defensive lineman transfer from Alabama sat out due to a violation of team rules

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Colorado Buffaloes defensive lineman Antonio Alfano was reinstated after being suspension for violating team rules last March. The news from coach Karl Dorrell was first reported by reporter Brian Howell on Wednesday.

“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 told Howell.

“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.”

Alfano, a five-star transfer from Alabama, was the nation’s top prospect coming out of Colonia HS (Colonia, NJ) in 2019. He originally committed to the Crimson Tide program before entering the transfer portal last October. According to Alabama coach Nick Saban, Alfano skipped out on classes and practice saying he “kind of disappeared for a little bit.” It was later discovered Antonio was tending to medical and family issues at the time he left Alabama.

The 6-foot-5, 285 pound Alfano was brought to Colorado by former coach Mel Tucker in January. Shortly before Tucker himself left Colorado to take the head coaching position at Michigan State. It was a whirlwind offseason for Colorado’s defensive lineman, but the most recent news puts him back on track with Dorrell and the Buffs going into next season.

Alfano was recently named one of CU football’s students of the week for his achievements toward being reinstated. The highly-touted Buffs defender has a lot more time to establish his roots in Boulder with the 2020 football season moved to next year over Coronavirus concerns.