Thomas Yassmin, one of the true breakout players for Utah this past season, will return for his sixth and final season of eligibility in 2023.

The powerful tight end announced on social media Sunday that he’s running it back with the Utes for the 2023 campaign, giving the pass game a versatile and potentially explosive playmaker. A former rugby player in Australia, Yassmin had six touchdowns on just 13 catches in 2022.

He’ll look for more in what could be a more featured role in 2023.

“One last ride,” he said.


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The 6-foot-5, 251-pound tight end appeared in 13 of Utah’s 14 games this fall (six starts), recording 13 catches for 301 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 23 yards a catch and scored five of his six touchdowns over the Utes’ final six games. Yassmin also had a career-high 81 receiving yards on just two catches in Utah’s Pac-12 title win over USC.

Among FBS pass-catchers with at least 20 targets, only five other players in the country posted a better per-catch average.

With Yassmin’s return, Utah’s tight end group should still be a position of strength going forward.

But it could be even better. Attention now shifts to Brant Kuithe, who could return for another season after an injury limited him to just four games in 2022. As of publication, there hasn’t been a public declaration from Kuithe one way or another.

Utah is also still awaiting word from quarterback Cameron Rising and wideout Devaughn Vele on potential 2023 returns.