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BYU football lands Utah running back transfer Devonta’e Henry-Cole

Nice pickup!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 20 Utah at USC Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

BYU got some big news Saturday evening when Utah running back transfer Devonta’e Henry-Cole announced his commitment to BYU.

Henry-Cole hasn’t been confirmed as a graduate transfer, but the fact that he spent four years at Utah and references the season opener versus the Utes in his tweet seems to confirm that he should be eligible to play in the 2020 season.

Henry-Cole primarily played in the 2017 and 2019 seasons and rushed for 469 yards and 4 TDs on 5.2 ypc during his Utah career. He had a career high 79 rushing yards versus Washington State this past season.

Standing at 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, Henry-Cole is a shifty back who is well built for his size. He had some injury issues at Utah, including a wrist injury which caused him to redshirt and miss the 2018 season, but he showed his ability when given the opportunity.

Henry-Cole enters the 2020 running back mix with Lopini Katoa, Jackson McChesney and Sione Finau — once Finau returns from his ACL tear. Henry-Cole may not be an every down type of back, but he will undoubtedly be one of BYU’s featured backs and a key part of the offense.

BYU’s season opener is at Utah September 3, so Henry-Cole will no doubt want to show his former team what they are missing out on.