Endres apologizes for 'mistakes'11/5/2010 3:32 AM
Former University of Connecticut quarterback Cody Endres made his first public statement Thursday since his Oct. 20 dismissal from the football team in an e-mail he sent to the Observer-Reporter, in addition to other media outlets, including the Hartford Courant.
Endres, a Washington native and Trinity High School graduate, said:
"I find it very difficult to express my regrets about some of my recent decisions. I would like to start by apologizing to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and UConn fans for my mistakes. I recognize the fact that I have disappointed many people, including myself. I am a 22-year-old young man and I know with hard work and faith I can improve myself. I am currently taking steps toward that end. I have spent the past two weeks talking to people I respect and thinking about my future. I remain determined and optimistic that I will continue my education, and I plan on continuing my football career also. I would like to thank my family and close friends who stood behind me during this tough time and I hope for their continued support."
Endres returned a phone call from the Observer-Reporter and confirmed he sent the e-mail. He did not wish to comment further at this time.
Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall suspended Endres for 30 days in August. Endres returned in UConn's win against Buffalo and completed 7 of 11 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Endres started the Huskies' next two games. He completed 45 of 75 passes for 471 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions before his dismissal. As a sophomore, Endres was 98 of 154 for 1,354 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He started when Connecticut played Pitt at Heinz Field last year.
Endres also started two games as a redshirt freshman.
Following his dismissal in October, reports surfaced that Endres failed a third drug test.
A two-sport standout at Trinity, Endres was a two-time Elite 11 selection in football and earned All-District second-team honors in basketball as a senior. When Endres signed a national letter of intent with Connecticut, he became the first quarterback from Washington County to land with a team from one of college football's six major conferences since Ringgold's Scott Zolak, who played at Maryland from 1987-1990.
"This was a good step," said Ed Dalton, who coached Endres at Trinity. "He took responsibility for what he's done and I'm glad he did. He has a plan in place and I have no doubt he'll be back from this." Copyright Observer Publishing Co.