Big Sky Breakdown

Portland State adds four transfers, including three with FBS starting experience


Portland State head coach Bruce Barnum’s roster just got deeper.

The Portland State football program added four transfers to its roster at the beginning of summer term, three of whom have played for FBS programs.

Offensive lineman Tyshon Mosley, defensive back Jordan Preator, tight end Cole Ford and wide receiver Nathan Hawthorne are all new Vikings and will compete in 2016.

Mosley is a 6-5, 305-pounder, originally from Sandy, Utah. He played two seasons at Utah State, starting 20 games. Mosley, a junior, was honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference in 2015.

Preator transferred from BYU where he competed in 20 games the past two seasons. A 6-foot, 180-pounder, he totaled 43 tackles with two interceptions, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles while making six starts. Preator, a junior, is from Ogden, Utah.

Ford is a native of Bothell, Washington who played one season at UTEP. He competed in nine games making three receptions and earned Conference USA All-Freshman team honors. Ford, who will be a sophomore, is 6-4, 250 pounds.

Hawthorne played at Vancouver’s Columbia River High School, earning first team All-League honors as a wide receiver and defensive back two seasons. He also was an All-Region and All-State honoree. He attended Oregon for one year but did not play football. At 5-9, 185 pounds, Hawthorne is expected to contribute at wide receiver and on special teams for the Vikings.

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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