BYU RB Burt announces he's leaving BYU as graduate transfer

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  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Jan. 12, 2019 8:21 p.m.

    "It's crazy to see the HUGE difference between Utah and BYU. Utah loses a receiver, and they shrug it off cause they know that have someone better to take his place. "

    That's just foolish.

    Utah fans babble on and on about the loss on Huntley and Moss and Covey.

    For the defense, that's probably right, on the offense it's not anywhere close to the truth.

    BYU has too many RBs getting injured, that's the problem, by the end of the season we are into scary depth territory.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 10:00 p.m.

    Re aka ute

    Um, yeah, try 5 or 6 guys. Riley Burt is transferring three other RBS are graduating and one is injured. So, Utah would have concerns if they were on their 6th string running back too.

  • Ak_ute Anchorage, AK
    Jan. 10, 2019 9:17 p.m.

    It's crazy to see the HUGE difference between Utah and BYU. Utah loses a receiver, and they shrug it off cause they know that have someone better to take his place. Ute fans aren't worried in the least! Then BYU loses one guy, and some feel it's a game changer for their whole season??? Just shows the difference in depth of talent at each school.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 8:38 p.m.

    By the way, whoever it was complaining about Spencer Hadley getting the ball too much, bro, he was getting like 10 yards a carry. Riley Burt was getting like 2. Now, he came on at the end of the year and broke some big runs occasionally. That's why it's odd he's transferring now. For all intents and purposes he was poised to be the starter next year! I guess some guys just lose patience.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 10, 2019 3:09 p.m.

    I have an idea ...my idea is quite revolutionary...so here goes: how about we pass the ball more than we did in the Potato Bowl. I almost turned off the game in disgust at the half. Why? Well we passed six times in the first half...totally boring AND pathetic!!!

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    @Oh Really? - Salt Lake City, UT

    @AZUTE

    “10 P5 opponents, 9 consecutive P5s @ one point, & the toughest conference schedule in The PAC-12].”

    True, but those P5s were, as you said, the PAC, which really, is the b5, a tier below, more than they were the P5"
    = = = = =
    That explains why Utah had the 26th SOS in the final rankings Vs #69 for your favorite team. FYI Clemson was ranked with the 25th SOS.

  • blue & white , 00
    Jan. 10, 2019 8:18 a.m.

    We will miss Riley. He’s a good talented football player. He would have been on a Y team that gives the Utes their 3rd loss in a row. Almost all games we play the Utes close in the last 20 years and with the talent we have returning this will be the year. The not so mighty 2-6 PAC Ute is going down. Go Cougs!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2019 2:42 a.m.

    “Like Utah, that lost to the only other Bowl-bound team it played from the b-5 South division, the worst Division in the P-5. The entire rest of the division was ‘bottom feeders’ with losing records.”

    Even w/Clemson, ACC’s 2 Divisions deemed weakest.

    “The MWC placed more teams in the Top 25 than the b5 PAC. They had a better bowl record than the PAC, including Fresno beating ASU, who beat Utah.”

    MWC teams play against weak SOS & beat nobody....The only reason FSU beat ASU is because N’Keal Harry sat to prep for the draft, where he’s a sure-fire Top-10 pick, he’s that good/the ultimate game-changer.

    “Tell us again about the powerful PAC..”

    I already did....Your team went 1-3 this last year against our conference, only barely beating a bottom-feeder we destroyed....Again, byu is 5-13 overall against PAC-12 opponents, never even once beating a .500 or better team.

    In other words, byu can look forward to going 0-3 this next year against us, since they’ll play 3 teams that’ll finish w/winning records, thus making them 5-16 overall.

    Who’s your Daddy?

    Go Utes!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:50 p.m.

    Welp, that doesn't help things at RB. He'll be missed. Good luck Mr. Riley Burt.

    I hope Jackson McChesney gets back from a mission ASAP because he's going to need to play as a true freshman. They might have to fill in the gaps with some of the forgotten players like Kavika Fonua, Austin Kafentzis, Beau Hoge, etc. I hope Lopini Katoa gets healthy fast because he's looking like the guy at least as of right now.

  • SGU84770 St. George, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 2:31 p.m.

    Burt has some speed and strength, but seemed to have problems finding holes that were there. Unless a starting caliber JUCO RB is signed, or starting caliber Freshman is signed (highly unlikely), big problem at RB next year. Kafentzis may have to be moved back to RB. Although Kafentzis is not really a FBS caliber starting RB, he is about as good as Katoa, and a better RB than all of the other remaining RBs. This team is not going to be able to run the ball, so let Zack sling it.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 2:16 p.m.

    Could have used Riley for depth but most of his yards came against lesser teams. Rumor was that he was a poor blocker. Maybe he can find a new start elsewhere.

  • CV Storm Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 1:45 p.m.

    @ cougarsrock Pretty certain that this announcement tells us that Ula is back in school and has been reinstated on the team... Can not wait to see him running roughshod over teams next fall !

    Pretty certain that opposing teams are licking their chops waiting for Ula to put the rock on the carpet a whole bunch of more times. He does run roughshod, just without the ball. He fumbled twice the last time he played in Logan.

  • Ozmataz Buckshank Frisco, TX
    Jan. 9, 2019 1:14 p.m.

    I cannot understand for the life of me why BYU never gave this guy a fair shot. He is big, fast, powerful, elusive, good vision, good hands, etc. but Spencer Freaking Hadley was handed the rock like he was Todd Gurley. Obviously there was something there the coaches didn't like. He should have transferred a long time ago. The coaches here didn't trust him.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Jan. 9, 2019 1:09 p.m.

    I wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.

    I am sorry to see him go. He looked strong at the end of the season (when finally given the opportunity), and most of us expected him to play a prominent role next season. Whatever his reasons, I do like that the grad transfer option is available for these athletes who have put in time and want to try something else.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 9, 2019 1:07 p.m.

    6' 1" and 210? 59 carries for for 323 yards and two TDs this season? And 96 rushes for 513 yards and three TDs over his career?

    Those aren't Jamal numbers but his departure is going to hurt.

    Good luck to you, sir.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Jan. 9, 2019 12:51 p.m.

    Oh Really? - Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 11:57 a.m.

    Tell us again about the powerful PAC...

    -----------------

    You mean that conference you'd sell your grandpappy to join?

    That conference that, if they invited byu-p, would have you partying for a month straight?

    That conference that walloped your team (yet again) this season?

    Your hypocrisy (in addition to said envy) is also palpable.

    End of discussion.

    LOL!

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Jan. 9, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    AZUTE1 - Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 9, 2019 6:52 a.m.

    U #1
    usu #2
    WSU #3
    byu #4
    SUU #5

    ------------------

    Yep, that without question is the correct order.

    USU was very good this year, but it's an undisputable fact the Aggies would've struggled for bowl eligibility if they'd played Utah's schedule this year. 6 or 7 wins maximum.

    Only thing is, you can argue 4 and 5 *could* be swapped.

  • BrianB Greencastle, IN
    Jan. 9, 2019 12:41 p.m.

    I can' t say this was his thinking, but employers outside football would much more like to see a graduate degree from an institution different than the one that granted the bachelor's degree. It is possible that Mr. Burt has accepted that he will not play in the NFL and is preparing for life after football. Congratulations whatever the reason for his choice.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 11:57 a.m.

    @Azute

    "Your UTE/P5 envy is palpable."

    And yet, here you are, AGAIN, dominating a BYU article.

    "BYU beat a bottom feeder"

    Like Utah, that lost to the only other Bowl-bound team it played from the b-5 South division, the worst Division in the P-5. The entire rest of the division was "bottom feeders" with losing records.

    The MWC placed more teams in the Top 25 than the b5 PAC. They had a better bowl record than the PAC, including Fresno beating ASU, who beat Utah.

    Tell us again about the powerful PAC...

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Jan. 9, 2019 11:45 a.m.

    Well, Beau Hoge is still on the roster. And Merril would make an excellent color commentator.

  • brenjon Rexburg, ID
    Jan. 9, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    Sorry to see you go, Riley, but good luck! I am curious about Beau Hoge, who was moved from the stable of quarterbacks to running back. I only remember him playing one series. Does anyone know what became of a promising dual threat back?

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    Jan. 9, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    Jimmy P. - you are exactly right, why would anyone want to miss that opportunity? He could move to the city college and play for a team that will under perform and over promise.

    I for one will not be sad to see him go, all we here is how good he was in HS. Well, if you can’t crack the RB stable at BYu, then I guess the coaches see things differently. Greener pastures are always greener in the rear view mirror.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:55 a.m.

    It's really hard to know all the facts and draw accurate conclusions. Two items standout: this year's running backs sustained a disproportionate amount of injuries and this year's running back coach tried to sign, without success, nine recruits.

  • CO Ute , 00
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:49 a.m.

    Where is the guy from yesterday trolling on the U article about Mariner transferring from the Utes?

    Fact is that a lot of schools lose kids in this manner. Nothing unusual here except this young man had a good chance to start. Just speculating but possibly wasn’t happy how he was used and figured his 100 yard bowl game would get interest from other schools.

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:42 a.m.

    Pretty certain that this announcement tells us that Ula is back in school and has been reinstated on the team... Can not wait to see him running roughshod over teams next fall !

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:01 a.m.

    This one hurts, he's a good player and we need RBs right now.

    Best of luck to him.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 9:34 a.m.

    Wait? Why would anyone want to transfer from the preseason NC and give up the opportunity to play with the 2019 Heisman winner? 🤔

  • Maximus Meridius Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 9:25 a.m.

    It appears that Burt is another one of those players that lost out to "FOCs" , friends of the coach. He has the talent to be a much better player than he was allowed to show.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 9, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    “True, but those P5s were, as you said, the PAC, which really, is the b5, a tier below, more than they were the P5.”

    Nice try.

    Your UTE/P5 envy is palpable.

    Your team, byu, went 1-3 this last year against The PAC-12, beating only a bottom-feeder, & has never beaten a .500 or better PAC-12 opponent, while going 5-13 overall.

    Go Utes!

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 9, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    Ouch.... Burt was a good player and would have played extensively.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 8:40 a.m.

    @AZUTE

    “10 P5 opponents, 9 consecutive P5s @ one point, & the toughest conference schedule in The PAC-12].”

    True, but those P5s were, as you said, the PAC, which really, is the b5, a tier below, more than they were the P5.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 8:33 a.m.

    Riley, thanks for your contributions.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    I read somewhere that 9 RB's were offered and none accepted. With the fairly decent offensive line they should have for 2019 one might expect some RB's to want to come. I suspect they are scouring the countryside for more than one RB recruit.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 9, 2019 6:52 a.m.

    “My final Big Three ranking is about as obvious to me as it is to the national experts. Utah State, Utah and BYU, in that order.”

    Please....usu plays small-ball [see their #113 ranked SOS] & lost to their sole P5 opponent, unranked MSU.

    usu would’ve gotten crushed under the weight of a legitimate P5 schedule [see our Top-30 SOS, including 10 P5 opponents, 9 consecutive P5s @ one point, & the toughest conference schedule in The PAC-12]....Heck, they couldn’t even win their midmajor division! LOL

    U #1
    usu #2
    WSU #3
    byu #4
    SUU #5

    Go Utes!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 8, 2019 11:03 p.m.

    Is it already too late to find our own grad transfer(s)?
    How about the juco market. There are backs who had a great freshman year who could clear all transfer hurdles in time.
    The same goes for basketball. I strongly doubt Yoeli stays another year.

  • top of the world ,
    Jan. 8, 2019 9:47 p.m.

    We need a speedy back who is able to turn the corner. Transfers and graduation afflict all teams but this isn't the best time for the Y to lose another back.

    My final Big Three ranking is about as obvious to me as it is to the national experts. Utah State, Utah and BYU, in that order.

    Hit the books and enjoy the ride.