OL Tristen Hoge transferring from Notre Dame to BYU

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Tristen Hoge couldn’t crack the starting lineup in his first two seasons at Notre Dame. Now the former four-star offensive line recruit will try to do so elsewhere.

On Monday, BYU announced Hoge’s plan to transfer from Notre Dame to join the Cougars.

Hoge, a 6-foot-5, 303-pound junior, will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules, leaving him with two remaining years of eligibility in 2018 and 2019. He will join his cousin, junior quarterback Beau Hoge, at BYU.

Last season, Hoge lost a position battle with then-senior Colin McGovern at right guard. Hoge saw action in six games as a reserve, but he never started a game. Fifth-year senior Mark Harrell finished the season as the starting right guard, and McGovern completed a graduate transfer to Virginia following the season.

Senior Alex Bars slid inside from right tackle to right guard this spring, which returned Hoge to center, the position he played in high school. But Hoge was working as a backup to senior Sam Mustipher, who started all 12 games at the position last season.

“Right now he’s just starting to get into his groove at center,” offensive line coach Harry Hiestand said of Hoge during spring practice. “He was struggling getting back to snapping consistently. He’s made some nice progress. We’re pleased with his development right now. Right about the time I expected and had hoped he would start to raise his play, it’s starting to come up right now. So that’s good for us.”

Without Hoge, sophomore Parker Boudreaux slides into the backup role at center, though it seems likely that another offensive lineman will be asked to learn the position.

Hoge, recruited out of Pocatello (Idaho) Highland, came to Notre Dame ranked as the No. 1 center in the 2015 class by both Rivals and 247Sports. He was named Notre Dame’s offensive scout team player of the year as a freshman in 2015.

Notre Dame offensive lineman Tristen Hoge, right, will be transferring to BYU. Here he tries to block Logan Plantz in a practice last August. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)