Instead of two Utes, it’s now three who have left the Beehive State’s Power Five program for its Group of Five school this offseason.
In mid-June, Utah State confirmed that a pair of transfers from Utah — wide receiver Siaosi Mariner and tight end Caleb Repp — had been added as graduate transfers. Nearly two months later, the Aggies confirmed that former Ute defensive end Nick Heninger has joined second-first-year head coach Gary Andersen‘s roster as well.
As was the case with his former-turned-current teammates, Heninger will be eligible to play immediately in 2019 as a graduate transfer. Additionally, the lineman will have another season of eligibility that he could use in 2020.
Heninger played in 23 games the past two seasons at Utah after beginning his collegiate career as a walk-on with the Utes in 2016. Prior to the start of this past season, Heninger was placed on scholarship.
A trio of additions to Utah State’s roster are, as it turns out, very familiar with the Beehive State.
USU head coach Gary Andersen confirmed Thursday that three graduate transfers have made the move into his program — running back Riley Burt, wide receiver Siaosi Mariner and tight end Caleb Repp. Burt comes to USU from the Utah Utes, while both Mariner and Repp began their collegiate playing careers at BYU.
All three will be eligible to play immediately for the Aggies in 2019, which will serve as the final year of eligibility for each player.
Burt, who announced on social media in early February that he would be transferring to USU, finished the BYU portion of his collegiate career with 513 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 96 carries. This past season, Burt’s 332 yards were fourth on the Cougars.
In BYU’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl romp over Western Michigan late last year, Burt ran for a team- and career-high 110 yards on 13 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the 49-18 win over the MAC school.
In starting 22 of the 36 games in which he played for the Cougars, Mariner totaled 785 yards and four touchdowns on 52 career receptions. Last season, in five starts and 12 appearances total, he caught 17 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown.
Repp switched from defensive end to tight end and caught two passes for 25 yards, with both of those receptions resulting in touchdowns.
No, not two Yutes. Two Utes.
Tuesday brought a bit of departure upheaval to Utah’s roster, with first wide receiver Siaosi Mariner (not pictured) taking to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer from Kyle Whittingham’s football program and then, a dozen hours later on the same social media website, linebacker Chris Hart (not pictured either) doing the same. Neither player gave a specific reason for their respective decisions, although Mariner had complained publicly about his role in the offense during this past season.
In 12 games this season, Mariner caught 17 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown, with the former two totals good for sixth on the team. At least as it comes to the Utes portion of his playing career, the redshirt junior will finish with 785 yards and four touchdowns on his 52 receptions.
Hart was the highest-rated defensive signee in the Utes’ 2015 recruiting class. Despite the recruiting hype, Hart played in just 15 games the past three seasons after taking a redshirt as a true freshman. Four of those appearances came this past season, with all of his action coming on special teams.