Provo • Senior Day for the BYU football team during Saturday's 59-13 win over Idaho State included two more send-offs than was originally expected.
Among the 22 players honored after the final home game of the 2013 season against Idaho State were defensive end Austin Holt and combo receiver Marcus Mathews. Both players were listed as juniors when the season began, but will not return next year.
Mathews played in just three games before an illness ended his 2012 season, while Holt got in just four games last year prior to suffering a season-ending injury. Because neither player had used a redshirt year, it was assumed both would ask for, and get, the year back. However, BYU has 31 players coming off LDS Church missions next year and Holt and Mathews were apparently urged by coaches to call it a career.