BYU will be down one contributor at running back as Utah grad transfer Devonta’e Henry-Cole will transfer from BYU. Jake Hatch of 1280 the Zone first reported the news; both Hatch and Mitch Harper of KSL Sports are reporting that Henry-Cole will transfer to Utah State. DHC committed to BYU back on February 1.
I know it’s been widely rumored & reported by @austinhorton, but I can confirm that Devonta’e Henry-Cole will not suit up for #BYUfoootball this fall & is expected to enroll at #USU & play for the #USUfootball program instead. Expect an official announcement in coming days. #BYU— Jake Hatch 哈雅各 (@JacobCHatch) July 20, 2020
With Henry-Cole gone, BYU’s running back room consists of Lopini Katoa, Tyler Allgeier, Jackson, Sione Finau, and 2020 signee Bruce Garrett. Sione Finau — who led BYU last year with 359 receiving yards — tore his ACL after the Idaho State game November 16. It is unknown if he will be ready when the season starts. Lopini Katoa led BYU with 4 rushing TDs and was second with 358 rushing yards, and Jackson McChesney was third on the team with 274 rushing yards.
Henry-Cole’s decision could have come down to many factors — whether it be BYU’s scheduling uncertainty or Utah QB and close friend Jason Shelley transferring to USU — but his transfer is a loss for BYU’s running back where DHC was expected to be a member of the two-deep.