Hawaii’s line loss has turned into Utah’s gain.
Earlier this offseason, Viane Moala decided to transfer from the Mountain West Conference school. Friday morning, the Utes announced on Twitter that Moala has transferred into the Pac-12 football program.
While the defensive tackle will have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, he’ll have two years of eligibility that he can use beginning in 2019.
Moala played in 24 games the past two seasons, starting eight of those contests. This past season, he was named honorable mention All-MWC. During his time with the rainbow Warriors, he also blocked four kicks.
Most notably, though, was an in-game, celebratory chest bump with linebackers coach Sean Duggan following one of those blocks that left the assistant with a dislocated elbow and broken wrist.
A day ahead of National Signing Day, Michigan has officially added an experienced piece to its defensive secondary.
Late last month, Casey Hughes, a transfer from Utah, announced on Twitter that he would be finishing his last collegiate season at Michigan. Tuesday, the football program acknowledged that the defensive back has been added to Jim Harbaugh‘s roster.
Hughes is set to graduate from Utah this spring with a degree in sociology.
Hughes started 11 games in 2017 for the Utes, missing two others because of injury. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 games the next two seasons. He didn’t start any of those contests.
The cornerback will have his work cut out for him earning a starting job in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines return all four starters in the secondary.
Less than two weeks after leaving the Pac-12, Casey Hughes has landed in the Big Ten.
Jan. 10, Hughes announced on Twitter that he had decided to transfer from Utah. Over the weekend, the defensive back confirmed that he will be transferring into the Michigan football program.
Hughes joins Jim Harbaugh‘s squad as a graduate transfer, which will allow him to use his final season of eligibility with the Wolverines this year.
Hughes started 11 games in 2017 for the Utes, missing two others because of injury. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 the next two seasons. He didn’t start any of those contests.
Suddenly, Utah’s receiving corps is significantly depleted.
The Utes confirmed Thursday that Raelon Singleton has decided to leave Kyle Whittingham‘s football program. The school cited unspecified “family reasons” for the redshirt junior wide receiver moving on from the Utes.
“We are sorry to see Raelon leave, but understand that his family comes first,” a statement from the head coach read. “We appreciate his contributions to our program over the last four years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Singleton, a native of the state of Texas, will graduate from the university in May. That would make him eligible to play immediately in 2018 at another FCS school if that’s the route he chooses to take.
The past two seasons, Singleton was the Utes’ second-leading receiver yards-wise. He had 36 receptions for 531 yards and four touchdowns this past season, and went 27-464-4 in 2016.
With Singleton’s departure and leading receiver Darren Carrington‘s expired eligibility, the Utes will have to replace 106 receptions and 1,511 yards. That twosome also combined for 10 touchdown catches; as a team, the Utes had 18 this past season.
Rather unexpectedly, Utah has a rather sizable hole in its secondary to fill this spring.
On his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Casey Hughes revealed that, “after [deciding] it is in my best interest,” he will be transferring out of the Utes football program. The cornerback gave no specific reason for making what he described as “not… an easy decision.”
As Hughes is leaving as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2018 if he opts for another FBS program. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.
Hughes started 11 games in 2017, missing two others because of injury. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 the next two seasons. He didn’t start any of those contests.