A pair of student-athletes are ending their careers with University of Montana athletics early.
Katie Mayhue, a Lady Griz freshman guard for the 2018-2019 season, has reopened her recruiting by entering the NCAA transfer portal, according to Skyline Sports reporting. Cody Meyer, who started 10 games at center for Griz football as a junior last season, announced his retirement on Twitter.
Mayhue committed to Montana late in the recruiting cycle after Oregon State pulled her offer during her senior year of high school. As a freshman, Mayhue started eight games at guard for the Lady Griz, including six of the first seven this season.
In an early January matchup with Sacramento State, Mayhue made five of 10 3-point attempts on her way to a career high of 17 points in one game. She shot 34 percent from behind the arc this season, the best mark on the team. Her 7.6 points per game were ranked sixth.
Mayhue’s season ended early when she damaged tendons in her foot in early February. She was one of four guards the Lady Griz lost to season-ending injuries.
By entering the NCAA’s transfer database, Mayhue is signaling to other programs that she is interested in transferring schools next fall. Schools will be allowed to contact her and offer her scholarships.
Meyer was one of four senior offensive linemen for the Griz entering the 2019-2020 season, prior to his decision to leave the team due to “an injury sustained last season.” In a Twitter post announcing his decision, Meyer thanked his coaches.
“I’ll also always be grateful for coming to Missoula and while I was raised in California, Montana made me the man I am today,” the Tweet said.
Meyer was at the center of one of the brightest moments of fall camp last August. Following an early-season practice, Griz head coach Bobby Hauck brought Meyer in front of the team to announce the team was giving Meyer a scholarship.
The offensive line was a weakness for Montana last season. It was a young group, with only one senior. But it seemed poised to take a step forward this year with an additional offseason training in the weight room and better chemistry on the field.
Meyer’s absence next season will open a starting job in the middle of Montana’s offensive line. Last year, redshirt junior Dylan Eickmeyer started in Meyer’s place when Meyer missed time for an injury. Eickmeyer is a candidate to take over as full-time starting center for the 2019 season.