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Utes add another RB from transfer portal in former LSU Tiger

LSU running back Chris Curry (24) gets past Vanderbilt defensive back Camden Coleman (42) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won 41-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's options at running back continue to grow as the team secured commitment from a former LSU Tiger Wednesday morning.

Chris Curry, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound back, announced on Twitter Wednesday his intent to transfer to Utah after putting his name in the transfer portal on Dec. 21, 2020. A native of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Curry was a former four-star recruit in the 2018 recruiting class and was considered the 15th best running back that year when he signed with LSU, according to 247Sports Composite ratings.

Curry is the second four-star running back to transfer to Utah this week, joining Oklahoma transfer T.J. Pledger who made his commitment public Monday. The pair will add experience to the running back room that features redshirt freshman Micah Bernard and 2021 signee Ricky Parks, who enrolled at the school in January.

The Utes will have Curry for three seasons as he joins the program as a redshirt sophomore, despite three seasons at LSU. Curry redshirted his freshman season and played the last two, where he amassed 336 rushing yards. Due to the NCAA extending eligibility as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Curry gets his sophomore season back.

In his time at LSU, Curry backed up current Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in 2019 and was one of three sophomores to get reps at running back during a 5-5 season last year.

Curry is the fourth player to transfer to Utah since the end of the season. Shortly after the 2020 season concluded, Utah added two former four-star quarterbacks to its roster in Ja'Quinden Jackson from Texas and Charlie Brewer from Baylor.

Late last year, Utah's Jordan Wilmore and Devin Brumfield declared their intent to transfer after freshman Ty Jordan established himself as the leading back. Jordan tragically died on Christmas in an accidental shooting in Texas.

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Josh is the Sports Director for and beat writer of University of Utah athletics — primarily football, men’s basketball and gymnastics. He is also an Associated Press Top 25 voter for college football.


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