Sources: BYU tight end Dallin Holker expected to enter transfer portal

The junior has appeared in 29 games in his career with the Cougars.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Baylor Bears linebacker Tyrone Brown (36) chases Brigham Young Cougars tight end Dallin Holker (5), in football action between the Brigham Young Cougars and the Baylor Bears at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.

BYU tight end Dallin Holker is expected to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to multiple sources within the football program.

Holker, who has appeared in 29 games for the Cougars over three seasons, hasn’t made a formal announcement, but multiple sources within the program say they expect the junior to do so soon.

The sources could not be named because they were unauthorized to speak on the record.

The tight end has played in all three games this season, totaling nine receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. He was BYU’s second tight end target after Isaac Rex.

Holker was expected to be a major weapon for quarterback Jaren Hall in the Cougars’ offense. In 2021, his first year back from a mission, Holker hauled 14 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown.

He was voted a co-captain of the offense to start the year.

Holker, however, has been used less than most expected so far this year and multiple sources who spoke to The Salt Lake Tribune said the tight end wanted to be utilized more in passing situations.

There was surprise that Holker wasn’t more heavily involved in the passing game especially given the situation BYU was in during the first month of the season. The team’s top two wide receivers, Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua, have been sidelined by injury aside from Nacua’s first-half appearance in the season-opener. On top of that, the running game for BYU has been largely ineffective to start the year.

Holker came into the program in 2018. He then went on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is now in his third year at BYU.

Holker could not immediately be reached for comment.