BYU completed its fourth spring practice Monday, and there were some notable roster developments.
First, was the announcement that redshirt freshman Kody Wilstead will transfer.
Sitake on Kody Wilstead release: "He wants to get on field and play as soon as possible, and he is looking for a different place to do that. He has been a great support to us and a great teammate, so I wish him the best. But I will be there to help him out as much as possible.”— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 12, 2018
The 6’6” QB from St George, Utah may elect go closer to home (SUU?) in hopes of earning more playing time. With the amount of bodies that BYU has at QB, separating himself in the next year or two would be difficult. Combined with the fact that Zach Wilson, Stacy Conner, Baylor Romney and Jaren Hall are all freshmen, Wilstead may have opted to leave sooner rather than riding the bench for a few years.
If Wilstead elects to transfer to an FCS school, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2018. If he transfers to another FBS school, he would have to sit out a season and lose his freshman year, since he already used his redshirt.
In other news, promising JUCO OL John Vaka is no longer part of the program.
Roster note: John Vaka is no longer part of the program. #BYU— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) March 12, 2018
Vaka signed with BYU in the 2017 class after being committed to Oregon, and redshirted in the 2017 season. His reason for leaving or his future destination have not been publicly released. In addition to Oregon, he also had offers from Arizona, Washington State, Iowa State, among others. Vaka is from Oakland, California.