QB Alex Niznak leaving Central Michigan football team
Central Michigan football head coach Dan Enos announced Wednesday that redshirt sophomore quarterback Alex Niznak is leaving the program to graduate a semester early.
"It was a business decision," Niznak told Central Michigan Life. "As much as I loved the team and the guys I was with, I knew I had to take an opportunity to graduate and keep my dream of playing football alive.
Enos gave little comment on Niznak's departure.
"Alex is no longer with us and he plans to graduate this semester," Enos said. "I don't want to talk too much about players that aren't here anymore but something you learn in the recruiting process is that things change daily."
The announcement came during Enos' annual recruitment Signing Day press conference where CMU made public the addition of 18 players starting fall 2014.
Two of those players are quarterbacks – one a true freshman from Osceola, Ind. and the other a transfer student from California – making for an interesting spring camp for CMU quarterbacks.
"You have to be flexible and you have to have a plan when it comes to those types of things when it comes to recruiting," Enos said. "There were a lot of guys that we didn't get but we got calls on. It's all a part of the process."
CMU's offense was led last season by redshirt freshman Cooper Rush who will likely enter the 2014 season as the favorite for the starting role.
"I don't want to speculate about anything but it comes down to what CMU's coaches want to do," Niznak said. "I think Cooper was a guy that came into the room and did nothing but try and fit in. Cooper and I have a great relationship and I hope that is the case moving forward."
Read Friday's Central Michigan Life for more on Niznak's departure.