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Utah defensive back Bronson Boyd enters transfer portal

Boyd is the fourth Ute to put his name into the transfer portal in the past month, joining wide receiver Jaylen Dixon, running back T.J. Green and linebacker Sione Lund

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Utah Utes wide receiver Bronson Boyd (9) can’t come up with the catch on pressure form Washington Huskies linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven (25) during a game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Boyd, now a defensive back, has reportedly entered the transfer portal.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Another Utah Ute has entered the transfer portal.

Rivals Portal and 247 Sports first reported that defensive back Bronson Boyd, a three-star recruit out of The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas, has decided to explore his options away from the U. Kyle Whittingham later confirmed the news on his coaches show with Bill Riley on Wednesday evening.

Boyd originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school in 2016 before transferring to Utah in August 2017.

A wide receiver in both high school and at Texas Tech, he made the transition to cornerback in 2019, noting at the time in an interview with the Deseret News, “We all thought that it would be a good thing to switch over. That is why I made the switch and I am happy I did.”

Boyd recorded three tackles last season in limited time as a backup to future Chicago Bear Jaylon Johnson and Jacksonville Jaguar Josh Nurse.

On Monday, Utah released its official depth chart ahead of the 2020 season opener against Arizona, and Boyd was listed as a backup to highly touted true freshman Clark Phillips III. At the outset of fall camp, Boyd had been listed as the starter at left cornerback.

Boyd is the fourth Ute to enter the transfer portal in the past month, joining wide receiver Jaylen Dixon, running back T.J. Green and linebacker Sione Lund.