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BYU defensive lineman Austin Chambers enters transfer portal as a graduate transfer

Former three-star recruit from Kansas switched from offensive line to defensive line midway through his career at BYU

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Lineman Austin Chambers poses for a photo at BYU’s Indoor Practice Facility in Provo on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

PROVO — Another BYU defensive lineman has entered the transfer portal.

Former offensive lineman Austin Chambers, who moved to the defensive side of the football prior to the 2018 season, has joined defensive end Devin Kaufusi in making himself available to be contacted by other programs.

Chambers, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound rising senior from Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will graduate this spring and enters the portal as a graduate transfer who will be immediately eligible to play next fall at whichever school he chooses.

He still has the option to return to BYU, as does Kaufusi, coach Kalani Sitake has made clear the past several years.

Chambers never really found his footing at BYU after leaving high school as a three-star recruit (247sports.com) and serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas. He appeared in eight games last year for the 7-6 Cougars, but made just one tackle.

Chambers redshirted in 2016, then appeared in seven games in 2017 as a reserve offensive lineman. Having moved to defensive line in 2018, he played in three games as a redshirt sophomore and recorded two assisted tackles in the 24-21 upset of then-No. 6 Wisconsin.

With fellow defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga electing to return for his senior season, Chambers’ playing time didn’t figure to increase in 2020. Other top interior linemen returning for the Cougars include Atunaisa Mahe, Lorenzo Fauatea and Gabe Summers. Freshmen Seleti Fevaleaki and Freddy Livai will also push for playing time this season.