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Utah Utes wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) breaks away for a touchdown as Utah and UCLA play a college football game in Salt Lake City at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Utah won 49-3.

Utes senior WR Samson Nacua enters transfer portal

By Josh Furlong, KSL.com | Posted - Feb. 26, 2021 at 4:24 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — A day after picking up a former linebacker from Alabama via the transfer portal, Utah football lost another experienced wide receiver to that same portal.

Samson Nacua, a senior wide receiver and Timpview High alum, entered his name into the transfer portal Friday. The 6-foot-3 receiver had a significant role in Utah's receiving game over the years and finished with 82 receptions for 1,015 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Nacua was often riddled with injury and had his best season, stats wise, his sophomore year when he had 31 receptions for 362 yards and five touchdowns. Last season, Nacua collected only four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown in two games in a season where the passing game struggled to be consistent. Still, Nacua was an experienced receiver with talent for bringing down the ball when thrown his way.

The Utah County native entered his name into the portal to explore his options, though it doesn't guarantee he's leaving the program; however, once a player at Utah commits to the transfer portal, it's essentially the end to his time with the program under head coach Kyle Whittingham.

Nacua is the second scholarship wide receiver from Utah this month to enter his name into the transfer portal since the offseason began. Bryan Thompson, who announced his intent to transfer on Feb. 2, recently committed to Arizona State, staying in the Pac-12 South. Nacua had only one offer out of high school.

In December, during the NCAA's early signing day period, Utah signed receiver Makai Cope from Culver City HS in California, but he's the only addition to the wide receiver room in the offseason.

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