Trennan Carlson in Transfer Portal
Former University of Utah linebacker, Trennan Carlson, has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. The late addition to the 2019 class took a medical retirement initially after the 11-3 Utes season, so his loss was already accounted for.
The 6-foot-2 and 235 pound backer appeared in seven games last season and five at linebacker, where he totaled three tackles. The Utah track record over the last 10 years or so has shown that JuCo or transfer linebackers usually take about three-fourths of a season to get in sync with the Utes’ defensive scheme. However, due to injuries and other factors, Carlson never really seemed to catch on.
Luckily for Utah, they had already planned to go forward without him, whenever the upcoming season gets underway.
With the losses of Carlson, Sione Heimuli-Lund (who seems unlikely to return), and Francis Bernard, the linebacker group is extremely depleted. Led by junior Devin Lloyd, the Utes will rely on several talented-but-inexperienced backers, like: Andrew Mata’afa, Nephi Sewell, Jeremy Mercier, Sione Fotu, Graham Faloona, and Taniela Pututau. Of this group, Sewell has the most experience, but at the safety position, as he’d a be only a 220 pound linebacker.