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Utes lose one WR to portal, gain one

NCAA Football: Utah at Arizona Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The portal taketh and the portal giveth, and that’s been the case for the Utes in this off season. Early on Tuesday it was reported that the Utes presumed No. 1 wide receiver Bryan Thompson has enter the transfer portal. A blow that is disappointing to Utah fans everywhere, because the talent that Thompson has yet to be fully realized by the program, and that is largely due to injury issues over his career. The former four star recruit for the Utes had 33 receptions for 756 yards with four touchdowns in his Utah career. Thompson had the third highest receiving total after Kuithe and Covey this past season.

A few hours later, however, it was reported that Jaylen Dixon would be returning to the program after entering the transfer portal this past summer. Dixon seemingly confirmed it himself.

Losing Thompson hurts, but getting Dixon back really makes the loss less painful. Dixon is a legit deep threat, and really emerged at the end of the 2018 season. Fortunately, as a group, the wide receivers and tight ends have a lot of talent, so losing Thompson wasn’t ideal, but I think the group could absorb the loss, but getting Dixon really offsets the loss quite a bit.

I know there is a certain wide receiver transferring from Washington who has a brother on the team, and I’m wondering if the Utes can pull Puka Nacua into the fold as well. If they can get him, they will have a formidable group on the outside.