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Gazette Premium Content AFA former starting sophomore QB Jaleel Awini has left the academy

BY BRENT BRIGGEMAN AND JOE PAISLEY sports@gazette.com Updated: January 7, 2014 at 3:26 am

Suspended sophomore quarterback Jaleel Awini has left the Air Force Academy.

The academy public affairs office confirmed Monday that Awini disenrolled from the school late this past semester.

Awini entered the season as the No. 2 quarterback but was quickly thrust into a starting role after Kale Pearson was hurt in the first game. He started three games, completing 21-of-42 passes for 275 yards. He also ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

An Aurora native, his arm strength, size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and speed presented a different dimension for Air Force. However, he was ruled ineligible in September after losing his good standing as a cadet.

No official cause for his drop in standing was announced, but multiple sources have told The Gazette that two honor code violations had occurred. Neither violation involved a legal situation and neither figured to be anything that might scare away another program interested in the quarterback.

Awini was asked on Twitter where he will go next and told an Air Force teammate "Virginia it is bro!!"

Ailing hockey players

Two hockey players are recovering from injuries sustained last week, including sophomore center Ben Carey, who is out with a fluky shoulder dislocation.

Then-No. 4 Providence was amping up its physical play during the second period and Carey moved to avoid a check by a Friar.

He avoided getting driven into the boards, bumped his right shoulder into the glass, which knocked him over onto his left shoulder, hitting the ice hard and dislocating his shoulder.

"He was a little embarrassed about it," coach Frank Serratore said.

The Centennial native will have an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, as will senior goalie Jason Torf who injured his right groin muscle stretching out his toe pad for a spectacular save.

Torf's injury came with more than two minutes left, and he gritted through considerable pain to finish the landmark win, the Falcons' sixth over a top-five team in six years. Both are doubtful for this weekend's league road series at Army.

League player of the week

On Saturday night, it looked like Air Force point guard Tre' Coggins was in good position to earn Mountain West player of the week honors after he had scored 34 points in leading the Falcons to a pair of victories to start the conference season.

The next day, however, San Diego State won at Kansas and Aztecs senior Xavier Thames took the honor after scoring 16 points in that game (he also had 23 against CSU earlier in the week).

That San Diego State team comes to Clune Arena on Sunday.

"They stopped a 68-game winning streak in lawrence, kansas. that will be good," Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich said. "That was a great win for our league though, great exposure."

Dry spells continue to be a problem

Air Force's women's basketball team worried about replacing scorers Alicia Leipprandt and Dymond James this season. They've largely done that and have four players averaging in double figures, but nearly every game has seen the Falcons (1-11) fall into an extended period where they can't find points.

Against UNLV on Saturday, the Falcons led by nine points with 12:42 remaining. They then trailed by eight 10 minutes later.

"We're working on that to try and find our identity, trying to find who can be that go-to scorer when we need that bucket like Alicia or Dymond, or get fouled," coach Andrea Williams said. "We're growing."

Brent Briggeman and Joe Paisley, The Gazette

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