PROVO, Utah – BYU football tight end Dallin Holker is planning to join the NCAA Transfer Portal.
KSL Sports confirmed directly with the tight end. After Tuesday’s practice, Holker was not at practice as the players walked out of the Student Athlete Building’s training ground.
He informed BYU head coach Kalani Sitake of his intentions to leave the show on September 19, two days after BYU suffered a 21-point loss to the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium.
“I prayed about it and felt it was the right decision for my family and me. I feel like I may have a better opportunity to show what I can do elsewhere,” Holker told KSL Sports via text.
Holker’s name won’t officially be on the transfer portal until December 5th at the earliest. This is the start of the new 45-day transfer portal window that the NCAA has established for fall sports athletes to enter.
Holker will remain a fellow at Brigham Young University for the semester until he enters the Transfer Portal.
A former tight end star at Lehi High School, Holker signed with BYU in the class of 2018. He has had offers from Oregon State, Utah State, and Colorado State, among others.
Holker joined the BYU program in 2018 and showed immediate flashes of his high ceiling at fall camp under offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. Holker, 6’2″ and 300 lbs, co-supported former rookie tight end Matt Bushman in the first week of his true rookie season.
After his freshman campaign, Holker served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. He returned for the 2021 season as a sophomore, recording 14 receptions for 200 yards.
In 2022, Holker was BYU’s No. 1 tight end during the spring, while Isaac Rex was out with an injury he sustained during the USC game. In three games, Holker caught nine receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against South Florida.
Without Holker, BYU will move forward with Isaac Rex and Masen Wake. Behind them is Ethan Erickson, who received high praise from offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick during fall camp. And then Carter Wheat, Lane Lunt and Anthony Olsen.
With the team now gone, Holker can count this year as a red-shirted season. Student-athletes can play in up to four games, and still maintain a red shirt season.
NCAA transfer rules allow athletes to have an exemption for rank transfers. Whoever Holker transfers in 2023, he will be immediately eligible for that team next season, with two years of eligibility remaining.
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports on Saturday (Saturday 12pm-3pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.