BYU running back Quezada decides to transfer

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Junior running back Josh “Juice” Quezada has decided to transfer from BYU, head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Friday.

“We will miss him, but I’m supportive of his future and his goals and wish the best for Josh and his family,” Mendenhall said.

Quezada burst on to the scene as a freshman in 2010. The La Habra, Calif., native rushed for 505 yards on 99 carries with five touchdowns in his first season with the Cougars. Quezada’s playing time slipped as a sophomore, and he rushed for 298 yards on 86 carries with one touchdown. While Quezada did not indicate the reasons for his decisions, competition from other backs would have likely cut his playing time further.

Junior Michael Alisa, who was recently named to the Doak Walker Award watch list, figures to shoulder the load left by Quezada’s absence. Alisa saw action in 12 games as a freshman in 2008. After serving a mission in Puerto Rico, the former Timpview High School standout started four games in 2011. Senior David Foote and sophomore Iona Pritchard will also see time at running back for the Cougars.

Quezada has yet to announce where he will be transferring. He still has two years of eligibility remaining.

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