BYU football: WSU transfer Squally Canada has great name, plenty of game – Salt Lake Tribune
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So what is the new BYU running back’s given name?
“That’s classified information,” he said. “You are going to have to work for that one. I can’t have my teammates in the locker room clowning me about my real name.”
OK, Bryant, challenge accepted.
Now if everyone would just forget about his first and only carry last season.
Made eligible in mid-December after transferring to BYU from Washington State in December of 2014, Canada was thrown into the Las Vegas Bowl midway through the first quarter with BYU trailing Utah 28-0. He promptly took a handoff from Tanner Mangum, picked up a yard, and then fumbled after running into an offense lineman.
It was BYU’s fifth turnover. He did not see the field again.
“Glad I’ve got three years to make up for that,” he said. “My teammates really picked me up after that and so did my father. He just said, ‘Don’t let that one play define you. Get it back next year.’ “
So here’s the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Canada, getting a ton of carries in spring practices and determined to make an impact this fall while most likely backing up senior Jamaal Williams, his good friend.
“Spring has been great,” Canada said. “It has been a whole new offense to learn, but I am adjusting well to it. We are running the ball a lot more out of this new pro-style offense, and I love it.”
Oddly, Canada is at BYU partly because his friend Khari Vanderbilt, a safety who the Cougars were recruiting, introduced the school to him and another WSU transfer, defensive back Kamel Greene. Vanderbilt signed with California and Greene is back at BYU after leaving school for awhile last summer.
Canada, who is not LDS, was reluctant at first to sign with BYU because it would mean he’d have to cut his long dreadlocks and adhere to the school’s code of conduct. But after some prayer and lengthy discussions with his parents, he decided he could do it.
So far, so good.
He echoed what other non-LDS athletes, such as basketball’s Chase Fischer, have said is the toughest adjustment about living in Provo. It is not so much the Honor Code, it is finding an open place to shop or eat on Sundays.
“I think it is a great school and a great town, a safe environment,” Canada said. “It is just getting used to Sundays that takes time. It has been a smooth transition. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.”