The only player with any substantial experience at running back is Michael Alisa, who was expected to compete with Quezada for the starting job. Now, when training camp opens in two weeks, Alisa will be the main man in the backfield.
"That's what every running back wants, to be the guy that the team can depend on." said Alisa at BYU's media day. "You want to be the main contributor, because you have faith in yourself that you can get the job done."
Alisa played very well in limited action last season as a sophomore. He rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns while averaging a whopping 5.4 yards per carry. Alisa also caught five passes for 55 yards and one touchdown.
However, behind Alisa there is very little experience. Junior David Foote has just 21 career rushing attempts, while redshirt freshman and former Snow Canyon High School star Adam Hine has yet to play a game for BYU. Fullback Iona Pritchard, a converted linebacker, is expected to increase his workload now that Quezada is gone.
The lack of experienced depth behind Alisa makes it vitally important that the former Timpview High star stays healthy this season.
"There's definitely a fire behind me to work a little harder and try a little more to continue to be that guy," Alisa said. "I want to be better than I was last year."
Quezada has not decided where he will transfer. The Cougars open training camp August 4th.