The Utes didn’t wait long to replace former kicker Chayden Johnston, who retired from football to pursue his medical career. On Wednesday, UCLA grad transfer Andrew Strauch announced on twitter that he would be playing the final season of his career at Utah.
Extremely excited to announce I’ll be pursuing my masters as well as continuing my football career at the University of Utah! Thank you to @UtahCoachWhitt, @UteReef33, and @vincent_conti for the opportunity. Thank you to everyone at UCLA who made the last 4 years so special! pic.twitter.com/hmqgmJC0Dm
— Andrew Strauch (@ajstrauch) May 1, 2019
Strauch has made just one of his two career field goals, was was perfect on his nine extra point attempts, but hasn’t kicked a field goal in a live game since 2016. Strauch will have to fill the large shoes vacated by Matt Gay, who made 56 of his 65 field goal attempts in two years at Utah, and was a perfect 85 of 85 on extra points. Gay was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft.