At least three BYU scholarship players have made their intent to leave the program known to teammates. Not suprisingly, one of the three is beleagured quarterback Bret Engemann, who started the season only to be replaced by freshman Matt Berry after the Air Force game.
Junior punter Tyson Dunham, who's only appearance this season for the Cougars was as Matt Payne's holder on PAT's and field goals, has also told teammates he intends to transfer. Dunham was an all-league punter at Dixie State College during the 2001 season after transferring there from the University of Wyoming. Both players will likely transfer to Division 1-AA teams because they each have only one year of eligibility remaining.
In addition, junior safety Michael Madsen is graduating this semester and plans on attending law school and is unlikely to return to the gridiron. Madsen's career at BYU has been riddled with injuries but he did become a starter in the secondary this year.
As expected, three Cougars will be leaving in January for LDS missions. Ben Olson will serve in Canada, while Bryan Kehl and Jeff Rhea are still awaiting mission calls.
We'll have further updates on roster changes in the coming weeks.