Henry Colombi, who backed up quarterback Jordan Love at Utah State last season, entered the transfer portal Wednesday.
Colombi’s decision was confirmed by his father via Twitter two days after University of Utah transfer Jason Shelley committed to play for the Aggies. Shelley, a junior who is immediately eligible, is expected to contend for the starting job.
Prior to this week, Colombi appeared to be the frontrunner to replace Love, who was drafted in the first round and signed by the Green Bay Packers in April. The player from Hollywood, Fla., saw success as Love’s backup last year, completing 20 of 29 pass attempts for 221 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in six games. He had also outperformed the other three potential quarterbacks prior to the shutdown of spring practices due to COVID-19.
Shelley entered the transfer portal after being moved to safety after Jake Bentley transferred to Utah from South Carolina in December. Shelley was the backup to Tyler Huntley in 2018 and led the Utes to their first Pac-12 South title after Huntley broke his collarbone in November. He was listed as co-backup alongside Drew Lisk last season but saw limited playing time at quarterback.
Sophomore Andrew Peasley, who sat out 2019 with an injury, and redshirt freshmen Cooper Legas and Josh Calvin will also vie to replace Love for the Aggies.