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Report: Utah State quarterback Henry Colombi enters transfer portal

Colombi appeared in 13 games in his USU career, including six in 2019, and was the Aggies’ presumed starter heading into the 2020 season.

According to a report by 247Sports, Colombi has entered the transfer portal.
Eugene Tanner, AP

LOGAN — So much for an intriguing quarterback competition.

Just two days after news broke that former Utah quarterback Jason Shelley had transferred to Utah State to do battle with Henry Colombi for the Aggies’ starting quarterback job, the competition is over.

According to 247Sports, specifically the Twitter account 247Sports Transfer Portal, Colombi has, as of Thursday afternoon, entered the transfer portal.

Colombi, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior from Hollywood, Florida, appeared in 13 games during the course of his Utah State career, including a career-high seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2018. This past season, Colombi made appearances in six games while serving as the primary backup to eventual first-round draft pick Jordan Love.

All told, Colombi threw for 460 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons as an Aggie.

Colombi was the frontrunner to win USUs starting quarterback gig throughout much of the offseason and earned praise from coach Gary Andersen and offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder alike, not to mention many of his teammates.

“My relationship with Henry is great,” wide receiver Jordan Nathan told the Deseret News in April. “I love Henry, he is my dude. We have classes together, we play video games with each other and our relationship is great.”

“He puts great touch on the ball, and he will also be a great mobile threat for us, in the QB run game,” wide receiver Taylor Compton added. “... We don’t want people to hit our quarterback ever, but that is an aspect of Henry’s game that he can bring to the table.”

Colombi’s departure leaves the Aggies with four scholarship quarterbacks, including Shelley, the likely frontrunner for the starting job, sophomore Andrew Peasley and a pair of redshirt freshmen in Josh Calvin and Cooper Legas.