FORT COLLINS — Jordan Fogal was told he had nothing to worry about. But given it was his future, he really wanted that final word.
He found out Friday the NCAA approved a waiver granting him an extra season at Colorado State, news head coach Mike Bobo shared with the team after practice.
“I mean, it’s just a good feeling, just to know for sure you get to come back and play another year,” Fogal said after Friday’s preparations for the New Mexico Bowl. “Leading up to this, it was kinda iffy, is this going to be my last game, not knowing. But just getting that news, it clarifies everything. It’s a good feeling knowing I get to come back and play.”
Fogal joined the program as a graduate transfer from Utah, previously spending two years at the College of San Mateo. He lost his first season there (2013) with an ACL injury, then he was limited to just three games with the Utes in 2015 with another knee injury.
With that medical background, both Bobo and Shalini Shanker, CSU associate athletic director of compliance (who put together the waiver request), felt his chances of being granted a sixth year were good. His return means the Rams don’t have to completely rebuild the secondary, as the back end of the defense will lose Jake Schlager, Justin Sweet, Shun Johnson and Kevin Nutt Jr.