La Cueva football RB Jenson to transfer to Cleveland

Tyler Jenson says he is moving to Rio Rancho and his transfer from La Cueva to Cleveland High isn’t about sports. (Journal File)

Tyler Jenson was very likely going to be one of the key pieces to the La Cueva football puzzle this season.

But Jenson this week on Twitter posted something that came as a surprise to many:

It was Jenson with a new profile picture – wearing the colors of the Cleveland Storm.

“The transfer wasn’t about sports,” Jenson said. “It was just personally wanting a fresh start for my (senior) year.”

Jenson confirmed that he will be moving to Rio Rancho at the end of the month, and the residence change should make him immediately eligible to compete for Cleveland, the defending Class 6A state champion, this upcoming season.

“I’m excited to play football. I don’t care what the team is,” said Jenson. “I’m just totally new to that team and that area.”

Jenson missed the first half of his junior season at La Cueva after breaking his leg. He returned to play an effective running back for the Bears in the second half of the season, rushing for 549 yards on 74 carries, with four touchdowns in six games.

It was a stirring personal comeback for Jenson, as he returned from both his leg injury and from cancer (Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma).

“Everything that has happened at La Cueva … I just wanted to get away from all that,” Jenson said. “I’m known as Tyler Jenson, the kid who had cancer.”

Jenson said that his situation at La Cueva had not deteriorated.

“There was nothing that La Cueva did to bother me or hurt me. They’re a great program, with great teachers, students, coaches. It was nothing they did wrong,” he said. “I’m not leaving because of something La Cueva did.”

From a football standpoint, La Cueva’s loss is Cleveland’s gain. The Storm already is loaded with a group of stellar skill-position athletes this year. The addition of Jenson will certainly enhance what ought to be an explosive attack.

Jenson said he intends to practice with Cleveland when the Storm goes through its first non-contact workout July 6.

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