BYU got some good news Friday evening as star tight end Matt Bushman announced on his Instagram that he is returning for his senior year.
Bushman has been one of the most productive tight ends in college football over the last three years and has been BYU’s most consistent offensive player. He has had over 500 receiving yards in each of his three seasons in Provo, with a career high 688 this season. He also had 47 receptions and 4 touchdowns this season.
Bushman had been getting NFL buzz, including a mock draft by CBS Sports earlier this month which picked him to go in the third round.
BYU is losing wide receivers Aleva Hifo, Micah Simon and Talon Shumway to graduation, so keeping Bushman is a big boost for BYU’s offense.
Khyiris Tonga is the other underclassman who could leave early for the NFL; Tonga has until January 20 to decide.
BYU’s season ended on a low note, but the news of getting Bushman back puts some optimism going into the offseason and will give BYU’s starting QB a go-to target.