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BYU football: Cougars to welcome Stanford transfer Keanu Nelson into fold

Stanford receiver Keanu Nelson.
Stanford receiver Keanu Nelson.
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The BYU football team received some news when the school announced on Monday, April 7 that Stanford return specialist and wide receiver Keanu Nelson will join the Cougars as a graduate student for his senior year.

Nelson will graduate from Stanford later this spring -- making him available to join the BYU football team in the fall, according to a tweet from BYU football personnel director Geoff Martzen.

“Welcome late signee for 2014 WR Keanu Nelson to the Cougars! Graduating from Stanford to play his last year at BYU! #smartestandhottest” Martzen tweeted.

The smart comment makes sense because it isn’t easy to graduate from Stanford. But, where the hot comment comes from is anyone’s guess because Nelson’s game was anything but hot at Stanford as he only played in five games during his entire football career.

Nevertheless, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall seemed pleased that Nelson would consider the Cougars.

"We look forward to having Keanu join our program," Mendenhall said in a statement. "He is a talented athlete and his high football IQ should serve him well during his transition while preparing to contribute to our team this season."

Nelson joins UTEP transfer Jordan Leslie as a senior transfer receiver at BYU this fall. Nelson also appeared on BYU Radio as well to talk about his decision to leave the Stanford program.

Nelson is not a big body at 5-11 and 184 pounds but it is believed the Cougars want him for his punt return capabilities -- which he displayed as a prep at Sabino High in Tucson, Arizona prior to being at Stanford.

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