Chip Kelly reveals UCLA offensive lineman plans to enter the transfer portal
Left tackle Tyler Manoa has left the Bruins’ program and plans to enter the transfer portal, coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Wednesday. The fifth-year senior was a defensive lineman prior to this season but made a move to the other side of the ball in the spring.
“Tyler Manoa is no longer with the program,” Kelly said. “Said he wants to go put his name in the portal and transfer and see if he can play somewhere next year.”
Reserve UCLA offensive tackle Tyler Manoa has entered the transfer portal, Chip Kelly said.
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When asked if Manoa’s decision revolved around wanting to get more playing time, Kelly told reporters to ask Manoa. Asked about depth at left tackle, Kelly shrugged off any concerns, saying, “We’re fine.”
With appearances in each of the Bruins’ first four games but an absence last week, Manoa will be able to save the season as a redshirt year. It’s a move we’ve seen more and more of lately. The first open window for players to officially enter the portal begins one day after the College Football Playoff field is revealed.
From 2018 to 2021, Manoa appeared in 41 of a possible 43 games, totaling 53 tackles, four pass breakups, 1.5 TFLs, a sack, and a forced fumble on the defensive line. With UCLA losing both of its starting tackles this offseason, he made the move to offensive tackle to provide depth.
UCLA brought in Raqiwon O’Neal from Rutgers this offseason to take over the starting left tackle spot. Behind him, Kelly said Bruno Fina will be the primary backup. UCLA hosts Utah on Saturday.