BYU quarterback Baylor Romney (16) looks to pitch during the first half of the Independence Bowl NCAA college football game against UAB in Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, December 18, 2021 (Matthew Hinton, Associated Press)
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PROVO – Not everyone who leaves school at the end of the year either graduates or declares for the NFL Draft.
For some, it’s just time for a change of scenery, a transfer or another trip. We chatted about several BYU football players who opted for the NFL Draft – like running back Tyler Allgeier and center James Empey – and others who chose to return for another year, like running back Lopini. Katoa. You can read about them here.
But others will look for another place to play next season or leave the program.
Let’s start with the (backup) quarterback.
Baylor Romney, QB, El Paso, Texas
Romney announced on New Years Eve that he played his last shots for the Cougars. The red-shirted sophomore who played three seasons at BYU finished his final season with 779 passing yards and six touchdowns, including 195 yards on 15 of 23 assists in the Cougars’ 31-28 loss to UAB in Independence Bowl.
Mostly a replacement while at BYU, the Mexican Mormon Colonial quarterback who graduated from high school in El Paso, Texas, starts with 1,793 yards and 14 touchdowns in the air and just three interceptions. .
But he’s best known as the older brother of wide receiver Gunner Romney, as well as the backup quarterback who stepped into a starting role and knocked out then-No. 23 Boise State 28-25 in his first career start in 2019, when he completed 63.5% of the year’s passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns with just two interceptions.
“The past four years have been filled with ups and downs, but I’m grateful for the memories I’ve made and who I’ve become playing football at BYU,” Romney wrote on Instagram. “My teammates have become my brothers and I will miss them the most. I am grateful for the long-standing relationships I have forged. Thank you to all of my coaches, family and friends for your love and support!
“I don’t know what the next step is, but it’s time for me to move on and I’m excited for the next challenge.”
Romney’s wife Elise, a pole vaulter on the Cougars track team, recently graduated from BYU and recently enrolled in the medical assistant program at Rocky Mountain University in Provo, according to her. Instagram biography. Romney’s brother also faces a similar decision – stay or go, with the junior being eligible for the NFL draft in April.
Baylor Romney could also declare himself for the draft. But he’s more likely to find another program – he’s already on the NCAA transfer portal, a source confirmed to KSL.com. It’s also unclear whether Romney plans to continue playing football, after a myriad of injuries – including head injuries – during his tenure at Provo.