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BYU football adds two additional transfers

By Staff | May 20, 2023

Nate Edwards, BYU Photo

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake watches his players line up for a play during spring camp in Provo on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Two of the position groups where there were questions about depth for the BYU football team were bolstered over the weekend by a pair of transfers.

On Saturday the Cougars officially added another wide receiver in UConn transfer Keelon Marion as well as another defensive back in Weber State transfer Kamden Garrett.

Here are the press releases on both new signees:

“Marion, a 6-foot, 200-pound product out of Atlanta, Georgia, joins the Cougars with three years of eligibility after a Covid-19 2020 season where UConn did not play any games, starring in 2021 as the Huskies top receiver and redshirting the 2022 season, playing in four regular-season games due to injury and UConn’s bowl game.

“In 2021, Marion started all 12 games for the Huskies as a redshirt freshman at receiver leading the team in receiving yards with 474 on 28 catches. He found the end zone five times during the season. Marion had a career-high 102 receiving yards on four catches and a touchdown at Vanderbilt in 2021 and reeled in four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown at Massachusetts that year. He also averaged 12.4 yards on 10 punt returns during the season, including a long return of 45 yards.

“Despite Marion’s 2022 campaign being slowed by injury, he appeared in four regular-season games, averaging 22.3 yards per catch on four receptions, including a 13-yard touchdown reception in the season opener against Utah State. Marion also participated in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, the Huskies first bowl game since 2015 and caught two passes for 69 yards against Marshall.

“Marion played for head coach Christian Hunnicutt at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. He also played one season at Palmetto Prep in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2019. Marion also lettered in basketball and served as a team captain at Palmetto Prep.

“Garrett, is a 5-foot-11, 175 pounder and a veteran of 37 games over four years with the Wildcat program. He posted 75 career tackles with 53 solo tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and 14 pass breakups in his career.

“From Las Vegas, Nevada, Garrett helped Weber State to two Big Sky championships and three trips to the FCS playoffs during his time in Ogden playing for former head coach Jay Hill, who is now in his first season at defensive coordinator and associate head coach at BYU.

“In 2022, the Centennial High School grad played in all 13 games and received All-Big Sky honorable mention for the first time in his career while helping Weber State to a 10-win season and an FCS playoff berth. He had 26 total tackles, including 20 solo stops and six pass breakups.

“As a sophomore in 2021, Garrett appeared in nine games, registering 19 tackles and three pass breakups to follow up a 2021 spring Covid-19 season where he played in all six games.

“Garrett helped the Wildcats to a fourth-consecutive Big Sky title during the spring season and an appearance in the playoffs.

“As a freshman in 2019, Garrett played in nine games, posting 13 tackles along the way to a Big Sky championship and a run to the FCS semifinals.”


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