Former MAC DPOY Treshaun Hayward moves to Arizona

The transfer portal gains increasing use year after year. After four seasons in Western Michigan, linebacker Treshaun Hayward made the full journey through the portal.

Despite completing his senior year in December, Hayward will have another go-around with senior status in 2021 due to the extension of NCAA eligibility for all fall 2020 athletes. Former Bronco linebacker will complete his additional season in West Tucson, where he plans to prepare for the Arizona Wildcats as a graduate student athlete.

Hayward entered the transfer portal on December 13 and announced his decision Monday afternoon on Twitter, thanking the western Michigan coaches for his development over the past four years:

Hayward’s tenure at Western Michigan will be best defined by a 2019 season in which he won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year award. Prior to the season, Hayward only started one game as Bronco. His production flew off the charts and finished third in the entire FBS with 142 tackles and fifth with 73 solo tackles. In addition to these monstrous numbers, Hayward contributed 11 tackles per loss and 4.5 sack and landed in Sporting News’ All-MAC First Team and All-American Second Team.

The star’s linebacker continued his run for success during MAC’s shortened 2020 season. Leading Western Michigan to a 4-2 record, Hayward averaged nearly 10 tackles per game and collected 3.5 tackles per loss during his last stint at Kalamazoo, earning an All-MAC third-team selection. Like Ypsilanti, a native of MI, it will be a nice change in scenery for the former Bronco, who has played his entire football career in the state of Michigan.

Hayward will be a member of Jedd Fisch’s inaugural team in Arizona. Fisch assumed the role of head coach of the program in December after the Wildcats plummeted to a disappointing 0-5 record in 2020 under Kevin Sumlin. Arizona is expected to open its 2021 season in neutral action in front of Las Vegas BYU in the first collegiate match played at the Allegiant stadium.

Considering Hayward’s departure, Western Michigan’s defensive depth takes a significant blow by losing a two-time All-MAC winner. But the Broncos still return veteran pieces in the linebacking body. Corvin Moment (37 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1.5 sack in 2020) remains linebacker MIKE’s likely starter for 2020, while Zaire Barnes will take on one of the starting outside lineback roles after missing last season with a knee injury. The other outside linebacker may be AJ Thomas converted to safety (46 tackle, 9 TFL, 2 sack, 1 INT in 2020), who entered the role of Barnes after previously excelling in the secondary. Thomas is a senior who has been granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA, but has yet to announce whether he will return to Kalamazoo for 2021.

Western Michigan will open in 2021 at the largest college football venue, battling Michigan in the teams’ first crack in a no-conference game since 2019.


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