SALT LAKE CITY — Former BYU running back Riley Burt is headed closer to his Mantua home to finish his college career.
Burt announced on Twitter early Wednesday that he’s headed to Utah State, sharing a photo of himself in Aggie gear.
The former Box Elder High star submitted his name to the NCAA Transfer Portal following the 2018 season and will be a graduate transfer.
Burt, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound back, rushed for 323 yards and two touchdowns on 59 carries as a junior for the Cougars last season, his best year in Provo. His best game in a BYU uniform came in his final one, when he rushed for 110 yards and a score on 13 carries in the Cougars’ 49-18 win over Western Michigan in the Idaho Potato Bowl.
Burt, who ran for 513 yards and three touchdowns in his BYU career, will join a talented Utah State backfield that includes senior-to-be Gerold Bright and incoming JUCO transfer Jaylen Warren.16 comments on this story
Bright ran for 888 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Aggies last year, including four 100-yard games and three multi-TD outings. Running mate Darwin Thompson, who rushed for a team-high 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns, declared for the NFL draft following the season.
Warren excelled at Snow College last year, being named the NJCAA National Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,435 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore. The former East High star led the country averaging 159.4 rushing yards per game.