Utah State University football team has seen a sudden exodus of players, with four Aggies entering the NCAA transfer portal soon after the window for transfers opened over the weekend. Among those leaving Utah State are Ajani Carter and Kaleo Neves, both of whom joined the transfer portal, alongside Dominic Tatum and Martavious Davis. The team has lost ten defensive starters from last season, including top tackler linebacker AJ Vongphachanh, who recently announced his move to BYU. According to the reports, the team has lost all players who started games in 2022 to the portal.
Cornerback Ajani Carter started ten games for Utah State in 2022, grabbing 44 tackles, five pass breakups, an interception, and a quarterback hurry. He still has one year of eligibility remaining. Kaleo Neves, who started 12 games for the team last year, was fourth on the team with 59 tackles, with seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a quarterback hurry. Neves stated that he would have two more years of eligibility remaining, including a super senior year. Dominic Tatum, meanwhile, had his most productive season in 2022, with 26 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack, and has two years of eligibility, including a super senior-year.
Finally, Martavious Davis, who saw his first action on the field last season, making 14 catches for 97 yards and adding two carries for 15 yards in 12 games, has three years of eligibility left. The loss of these four players will prove to be a significant setback for Utah State, particularly in light of their successful 2022 season, during which they finished with a 9-4 record. The Aggies’ upcoming campaign will commence with their Blue vs. White Spring showcase at Maverik Stadium on Saturday.
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