One of Utah's expected contributors in the 2016 season, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, is reported to be
Just confirmed that senior Utah DT Stevie Tuikolovatu is transferring from the program. Significant loss for the Utah defense.— Andrew Gorringe (@AGorringeScout) May 22, 2016
We are yet to hear anything official from the athletic department on this, but there's plenty of chatter going on around Twitter about it. One report states that Stevie T has visited Nebraska already:
Utah Grad transfer Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (say that 3 times fast) is visiting Lincoln today. Last season played in all 13 games for Utah at NG— Jake Jensen (@Jake_JensenHV) May 22, 2016
As a grad transfer, Stevie could transfer anywhere he wants and play right away. The question now, is if he's really leaving, why is he leaving? He was no doubt going to be a major contributor in 2016. Did he have a beef with the coaches? It's very hard to say, especially with little information out at this time.
Fortunately for Utah, they have an embarrassment of riches at the defensive line, so they can absorb a loss in this group. It is unfortunate to lose a talented player, but as Coach Whitt says "All in, or in the way."
Here's to hoping Stevie T finds success wherever he lands, and we wish him the best of luck.
What are your thoughts on this news of big Stevie leaving?