Colorado defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has not played a snap for the Buffs and never will. The nation’s former top recruit decided to enter the transfer portal for a second time, per an announcement on Twitter.
Alfano started his college career at Alabama in 2019, but left after being suspended by Nick Saban. Since that point, the Colonia, New Jersey, native has struggled with epilepsy and took his battle public. Alfano told Brian Howell from the Boulder Daily Camera in October that he couldn’t practice with Colorado following the diagnosis.
Alfano started having seizures in February 2020 and struggled to control them, preventing medical clearance to play. Alfano was suspended for a team rules violation early in Karl Dorrell’s tenure, but was reinstated during the summer.
In December, the star recruit released a statement about his struggles saying, “I still don’t know the root of my epilepsy nor understand it. I’ve been put on multiple different medications since February, none of these medications have been working. Not only has epilepsy taken complete control over my life, it has prevented me from pursuing my passion. Football has been life since I can remember, now Football seems like a false hope I lived with my whole life.”
On Wednesday, he thanked Buffs fans on Twitter saying “the endless support and love you have shown me in a time of loneliness and uncertainty for a lot of people.”
Alfano is the ninth Buffaloes player to enter the transfer portal since the end of the 2020 season including K.D. Nixon and Jaren Mangham.