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Former Orem High star, Washington wide receiver Puka Nacua enters transfer portal

FILE — Washington wide receiver Puka Nacua celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown against Hawaii during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren, Associated Press

Former Orem High and Washington wide receiver Puka Nacua has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Nacua confirmed his intent to transfer to the Seattle Times on Sunday.

Nacua had seven receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his freshman season at Washington before missing the remainder of his first season with an injury.

In his second season, Nacua led all Washington receivers with nine receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Nacua was one of the best high school receivers in the country at Orem High, earning the 2018 Deseret News Mr. Football award.

Puka’s brother, Samson, entered the transfer portal in February. Samson played four years as a wide receiver at Utah, but has one more year of eligibility remaining because of the NCAA’s COVID-19 eligibility rules.