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Endres decides to enroll at Slippery Rock

Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 by Ed Dalton

Endres decides to enroll at Slippery Rock

12/29/2010 3:31 AM

Ben Roethlisberger got one. Michael Vick did, too. On a smaller scale, so did Jeremiah Masoli, the one-time college phenom who transferred from Oregon to Mississippi following a series of troubles.

Trinity High School graduate Cody Endres hopes to become the next quarterback to make something out of a second chance, and on Monday night he picked Division II Slippery Rock University as the place to make it happen.

Endres, the starting quarterback at Connecticut before his dismissal from the team for failed drug tests, plans to enroll at Slippery Rock as soon as next week.

"There was a multitude of reasons. One of them was the stability of the coaching staff," Endres said Tuesday. "They run a lot of three-wide receiver, more shotgun formations. It was the type of offense I'm used to."

Slippery Rock, coached by George Mihalik since 1988, is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Rock finished 6-5 in 2010 and, of the three quarterbacks who played, each had freshman eligibility.

Endres selected Slippery Rock over California, IUP and West Liberty State. Assisted by Trinity football coach Ed Dalton, Endres contacted scouting director Joe Butler, who runs Metro Index and got the Endres name circulating.

"He did a tremendous job," Endres said. "After contacting him, a lot of schools started calling and I made visits over Thanksgiving break."

With one year of eligibility remaining, Endres opted to transfer out of Division I so he could practice and play for the 2011 season.

"I didn't want to sit. I want to get back on the field," he said.

Endres was kicked off the team before Connecticut's Oct. 23 game against Louisville.

Following his dismissal, reports surfaced Endres failed three drug tests. He served a one-month suspension at the beginning of the season for his second failed test before he returned and took the starting spot from a struggling Zach Frazer.

"It's been difficult. I let a lot of people down, family, friends, people who followed me," Endres said. "I'm ready for a second chance, a chance for redemption."

While Big East Conference champion Connecticut prepares to play Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, Endres tries to stay sharp by working out. He spent time at the student gymnasium on the Connecticut campus, where he completed his semester studies, and in Washington.

"It's important to surround myself with good people and I've had a lot of support from my family, Coach Dalton and my friends through all this," said Endres, who plans to watch and pull for former teammates.

"I have to take it one day at a time and work on myself as a person. For me, part of that is to get back between the hashes. It's tough when you know you have the talent but you made poor choices. I'm taking steps, and I'm hoping to prove myself at Slippery Rock." Copyright Observer Publishing Co.

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