Former Badger Austin Kafentzis leaves Nevada for Arizona Western

RENO, Nev. — Former University of Wisconsin quarterback commit Austin Kafentzis will be transferring to his third school after it was reported on Saturday he’d left the Nevada football program.

After committing to then-Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen in 2014, the four-star prospect left the Badgers for the Wolfpack of Nevada and is now joining Arizona Western. Reports circulated at the time that coach Paul Chryst, who took over for Andersen, didn’t see Kafentzis as a fit for his program.

Kafentzis broke 15 high school records during his time at Jordan High School (Utah). He sat out the 2015 season due to NCAA eligibility rules. Since he’s now transferring to a Division II school, Kafentzis would be eligible to play immediately.

“He thought it was best to take a step back, and then start the recruiting process over after this season,” said Austin’s father Kyle Kafentzis. “He’s worked harder than ever. He’s got a smile on his face all of the time, and he just realizes this is his path.”


“The reality is, if you want to play football, you’ve committed to the coach, for a quarterback for sure,” Kyle Kafentzis said, adding that Austin is not discouraged by the turmoil of his playing situation. “He’s taking it in stride. … When you’re six-foot-and-a-half and they have too many quarterbacks, the first person they’re going to try to move is you. In both cases, both his OCs left.”