The Universe has learned that running back Joshua Quezada will transfer from BYU to Fresno State.
The news of Quezada’s impeding transfer was announced July 20, but no official word of the transfer school was released at this time. The athletic departments at Fresno State and BYU have not yet been reached for a comment.
“Josh has got to do what’s best for him,” said quarterback Riley Nelson in a previous interview. “If he’s not happy here and the best decision for him personally in his life is to not be here, we respect that decision. We’re sad to see him go. He was a great teammate and a great worker. … At the end of the day, he has to make the decisions that are best for him.”
Quezada was expected to compete with tailback Michael Alisa for carries this seasons. The opening created by Quezada’s transfer is expected to be filled by Adam Hine, David Foote and freshman tailback Jamaal Williams.
“Our experience with talented young freshman is the sooner we can play them and get them integrated, the better,” BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall said when asked about Williams. “I like what I saw from him today. He’s mobile, he catches the ball well, but he can also break a tackle and run around you.”
Quezada was in his hometown of La Habra, Calif., this weekend, where he was baptized by former teammate Bryan Kariya.
Editor’s note: a previous edition indicated that Kariya was still on the team. The article has been corrected to fix that mistake.