How Former BYU Football Transfers Performed During 2023 Season

Nov 28, 2023, 9:00 PM | Updated: 11:24 pm

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Former BYU football player Jacob Conover completed his first season with the Arizona State program. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – The list of ex-BYU football players playing at other programs grew significantly this season. That’s just the nature of life in the Transfer Portal. Schools will have a lot of attrition these days, with the portal always as an option.

Twenty-seven former BYU football players competed on college rosters during the 2023-24 academic year.

Former BYU football players performed at their new Transfer Portal spots

Here’s a look at how those former BYU football players performed this season.

Luc Andrada | WR | Colorado (Track & Field)

Former BYU wide receiver is in his senior season with the Colorado Buffaloes track & field program.

Ethan Atagi | OL | Weber State

Started in all 11 games at left guard for the Wildcats.

Campbell Barrington | OL | Baylor

Barrington started in all 13 games along the offensive line for Baylor. He began the year at left tackle, then played right tackle. After that, Barrington kicked inside at right guard.

Clark Barrington | OL | Baylor

Closed out his collegiate career with 12 starts for the Bears. He began the year at center, then switched to left guard, where he was an All-American at BYU. Barrington finished with a slightly lower grade in 2023 (76.8) than at BYU in 2022 (76.9).

Jacob Conover | QB | Arizona State

Former four-star signee Jacob Conover transferred out of the BYU football program before last year’s bowl game. He signed with the hometown Arizona State Sun Devils under the direction of first-year head coach Kenny Dillingham. Despite entering the year as the third-string quarterback, Conover appeared in three games.

His final stats on the year were 11-of-38 for 130 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. Conover finished with a quarterback rating of 41.89.

Theo Dawson | LB | MIT

Former walk-on Theo Dawson was holding play call boards at BYU last year while graduating Magna Cum Laude. He used his final year of college eligibility to play at Division III MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Dawson played on both sides of the ball, finishing with 101 rushing yards on offense, and 49 tackles on defense.

Zoom Esplin | OL | Weber State

He appeared in one game for the Wildcats during his redshirt freshman season.

Logan Fano | DE | Utah

Fano started in three games for the Utes before suffering a season-ending ACL injury during a sack against Oregon State.

Sione Finau | RB | Utah State

BYU’s former leading rusher in 2019 didn’t record any stats for the Aggies in 2023.

Nathaniel Gillis | CB | Northern Colorado

Gillis followed Ed Lamb to Northern Colorado. During his redshirt freshman season, he appeared in eight games for the Bears and recorded eight tackles and eight pass deflections.

Korbyn Green | CB | Hutchinson Community College

Green was only at BYU for one season before he left and ended up at Hutchinson C.C. This season, Green had eight tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery.

Bentley Hanshaw | TE | Liberty

Hanshaw has hauled in five touchdowns for the undefeated Flames. Liberty hosts New Mexico State this Friday for the Conference-USA championship.

Dallin Holker | TE | Colorado State

Holker is number one in the nation among tight ends for receptions. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass-catcher has 64 receptions this season for the Rams. He is one of three players who is a John Mackey Award finalist.

The Mackey Award is given to the nation’s top tight end.

Holker still has one more year of eligibility remaining in his collegiate career.

Jake Jensen | QB | USC

The former Pleasant Grove High and BYU walk-on is the fourth string QB at USC. He didn’t record any stats in 2023.

Gabe Jeudy-Lally | CB | Tennessee

Jeudy-Lally started in 10 games at cornerback for a Tennessee team that ended the regular season ranked in the College Football Playoff Top 25. He grabbed one interception and recorded 36 tackles for the Vols defense.

Dean Jones | DB | Southern Utah

Jones didn’t record any stats for the Thunderbirds in 2023.

Hirkley Latu | DB | Montana Western

It’s been a long road for former three-star Kahuku standout Hirkley Latu, from BYU to UCF and then Montana Western. Latu finished his college career with 20 tackles in 2023.

Brooks Maile | DL | Northern Colorado

Maile appeared in eight games for the Bears and had nine tackles along the defensive line.

Isaiah Perez | DT | Eastern Washington

The nephew to former BYU great Eddie Keele, Perez transferred closer to home in the Pacific Northwest and enrolled at Eastern Washington University. In his first season at EWU, Perez recorded 19 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks.

Cash Peterman | K | Arizona 

Peterman, a former walk-on kicker at BYU didn’t record any stats for the Wildcats this season.

Keenan Pili | LB | Tennessee

Pili only appeared in one game for Tennessee this season. Despite exhausting his eligibility, there’s a chance he could apply to the NCAA for a medical redshirt year to return to Knoxville in 2024.

Logan Pili | LB | Utah State

The younger brother to Keenan, Logan competed in his first season at Utah State. He had 26 tackles and one sack with the Aggies.

Tate Romney | LB | Arizona State

Romney finished tied for fourth in tackles at Arizona State this year. He had 52 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. BYU will face Arizona State next year in Tempe in Big 12 action.

Vae Soifua | OL | Weber State

The former Orem High product appeared in three games along the offensive line for Weber State.

Viliami Tausinga | DE | Southern Utah

Tausinga appeared in four games for the Thunderbirds and had two tackles.

Talin Togiai | OL | Idaho State

Togiai was BYU’s first commitment after being invited into the Big 12 Conference in 2021. He transferred out of BYU after one season. This year at Idaho State, he only appeared in two games for the Bengals.

George Udo | DB | Cincinnati

Udo appeared in three games on the special teams unit for Cincinnati. This season is going to count as a redshirt year for Udo, who now has one year of eligibility remaining. He announced that he is entering the Transfer Portal again.

After BYU’s win over Cincinnati in September, Udo and his former BYU teammates took a picture together on the field at LES.

Players that signed with BYU but never enrolled but played at other schools in 2023: Elia Migao (Utah State), Enoka Migao (Utah State), Chinonoso Opara (Long Island University) Ricky Wolfgramm (Utah Tech).

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X and Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

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