The BYU football program got more good news on the returning player front Tuesday night as big defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga announced via Twitter that he will play his senior year in Provo as opposed to entering the NFL draft.
Tonga’s announcement comes after tight end Matt Bushman announced on Dec. 27 that he also will be returning.
“Trust the coaches. Trust the process. Trust family,” Tonga’s post read. “I have decided to stay at BYU for my senior year. See you in 2020. Go Cougs!”
Before the 2019 season, Tonga said, “Yeah, that is still my mentality, just to leave after this year. But I am going to take it game by game and continue to just do my best, whether it is me taking 40-plus plays, or taking 20-plus plays. I will do whatever it takes. I will continue to work on my craft and see how it turns out.”
A 6-foot-4, 321-pound product of Granger High School, Tonga tallied 45 of his 94 career tackles in 2019, four of which were for a loss with one sack. He originally committed to Utah before deciding during his mission to Kansas for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to go to BYU.