BYU received some great news Wednesday afternoon when Marty Hoge, father of Notre Dame transfer Tristen Hoge, announced that Tristen will receive an additional year of eligibility.
Finally complete!@HogeTristen pic.twitter.com/660HELMiHr— Family Man! (@martyhoge) September 27, 2017
This means that following this season, Tristen will be a redshirt sophomore in 2018 and have 3 seasons to play. Had the NCAA not granted his waiver, he would have been a redshirt junior in 2018. Hoge must sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Hoge transfered to BYU from Notre Dame over the summer. In 2015, Hoge was the number one center in the nation by virtually every reputable recruiting outlet. The Pocatello, Idaho native had offers from schools such as LSU, Florida, Stanford, Washington, Penn State, Utah, among a boat load of others.
If Hoge was eligible this season, he would have undoubtedly been one of the starters along the offensive line. Although he mainly played center in high school, Hoge is versatile enough to play all five positions along the offensive line.
With Tejan Koroma graduating after this season, Hoge may be BYU’s next center. With high hopes for freshman James Empey, however, BYU may opt to move Hoge to another position along the offensive line.
Whatever position he plays, Tristen will provide a much needed talent boost to BYU’s offensive front starting in 2018.
Hoge’s 2014 senior year highlights can be viewed below.