SALT LAKE CITY — The final chapter in Armand Shyne’s collegiate career will take place in Texas.
Texas Tech announced on Twitter Wednesday that the former Utah running back is joining the program as a grad transfer. He’ll be paired with former Utah State coach Matt Wells, who’s in his first year at the helm of the Red Raiders.
Shyne, who played three seasons for the Utes, entered the NCAA transfer portal last month after amassing 885 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns in his Utah career.
“It’s the decision he made and I hope it works out for him,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in late March regarding Shyne. “He was a great team guy and a very good part of our program but he just wants to go to a place that will feature him.”
Shyne would have been behind Zack Moss again on the Utes' depth chart in 2019, as Moss chose to forgo entering the NFL and return for his senior season. Utah also has fellow running backs Devonta'e Henry-Cole, Devin Brumfield and TJ Green returning this season.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Shyne will have one year of eligibility remaining and be immediately eligible as a grad transfer.
He dealt with several injuries at Utah, including one that caused him to miss the entire 2017 season and another that cut short his season after five games the year before.18 comments on this story
In 2018, though, Shyne had his chance to display his skills, playing in all 14 games and starting five after Moss was lost for the season with a knee injury in early November.
He played a key role in the Utes’ 32-25 win over Oregon days after Moss went out, carrying the ball 26 times for 174 yards in the win that helped Utah earn the Pac-12 South title and a trip to the league’s championship game. In the regular season finale, Shyne rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, as the Utes rallied past BYU 35-27.
Shyne finished the year with 512 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 120 carries.