After Utah Utes kicker Chayden Johnston announced on April 18 that he would be retiring from football, the Utes had just one player at that position on the roster in freshman walk-on Jadon Redding.
Redding is now primed to have some competition for the starting spot, however.
On Wednesday, UCLA graduate transfer Andrew Strauch announced via Twitter that he has committed to Utah.
Strauch is set to join the Utes having not made too much of an impact on the field for the Bruins. In his four years at UCLA, Strauch had just one season in which he appeared in more than one game, and he didn't play at all his first or fourth years with the program.
As a sophomore, Strauch kicked in four contests and made all nine of his extra point tries and one of his two field goal attempts. Incidentally, Strauch's best outing as a Bruin came against Utah in 2016, as he made the field goal and six of the PATs in a 52-45 loss to the Utes.29 comments on this story
Strauch will have one year of eligibility remaining. He and Redding will be competing to replace former Lou Groza Award winner Matt Gay, who was drafted last weekend by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aussie Ben Lennon is primed to replace countryman and former Ray Guy Award winner Mitch Wishnowsky at punter. Wishnowsky was selected by the San Francisco 49ers.
Strauch is the second graduate transfer to announce his commitment to Utah this week via Twitter, as Marshall offensive lineman Alex Locklear did so on Monday.