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Grad transfer TE Tony Poljan leaves CMU for Virginia

Late in the 2020 offseason, Virginia football added a serious offensive weapon: Tony Poljan, a graduate transfer tight end.

After four years with Central Michigan, the 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end elected to enter the transfer portal. By the end of the following day, Poljan committed to Virginia as a grad transfer.

Poljan started his career at CMU as a quarterback; during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he completed 89-of-168 passes attempts (53 percent) for 704 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. Poljan also ran for 248 yards and two touchdowns, too.

Before the start of the 2019 season, though, Poljan made the full-time move over to tight end. It didn’t take long before Poljan started to emerge.

At his new position, Poljan hauled in 33 passes (fifth most on CMU’s roster) for 496 yards (15 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

With the departure of senior tight end Tanner Crowley — who caught 28 passes for Virginia in the 2019 season — the Cavaliers could use a veteran presence in their tight end ranks. Poljan satisfies that need.

Bronco Mendenhall and Virginia have utilized the transfer portal to add dimensions to the offense this offseason; Poljan isn’t alone. Back in April, UVA added Indiana transfer running back Ronnie Walker. One month later, Virginia landed FCS transfer wide receiver Ra’Shaun Henry.

In between those two additions, Virginia also picked up a commitment from Mississippi State transfer quarterback Keytaon Thompson, a former 4-star recruit. Thompson, after three seasons with the Bulldogs, is immediately eligible for the 2020 season, too. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

 

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