Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars running back Riley Burt (34) evades the tackle from Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Stefan Claiborne (21) on a long run for a touchdown, putting the Cougars up 21-10 over the Broncos after the PAT, during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.

PROVO — BYU’s running back depth just got a little thinner.

Junior Riley Burt announced via social media Tuesday night that he’s leaving the program as a grad transfer.

“After much consideration, I have decided to grad transfer and play my last season elsewhere. I have enjoyed my time at BYU and have made friendships that will last a lifetime," Burt wrote. "I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given to play for and get a degree from Brigham Young University. I am now on the transfer portal and free to communicate with other schools. Thank you for the love & support. Go Cougs!”

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Burt a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Mantua, rushed 59 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns this season. In BYU’s 49-18 victory over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Burt scored on a 37-yard run and had 13 carries for 110 yards.

For his career, he rushed 96 times for 513 yards and three TDs.

With the graduation of Squally Canada and Matt Hadley, the Cougars are lacking depth at running back.

BYU’s leading rusher last season, Lopini Katoa, will be a sophomore next season. Katoa, who missed time due to injuries during the season, ran 76 times for 423 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games.