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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been in a constant state of flux since head coach Scott Frost took over the football program after the 2017 season. The player movement continued on Monday morning when wide receiver Keyan Williams made the difficult decision to transfer from the program before his final season of eligibility.
Williams, the son of former wide receivers’ coach Keith Williams, decided to move on to another destination. After playing his first two seasons with the Fresno State Bulldogs, Williams joined the Huskers after the 2015 season to be reunited with his father. However, Williams had less than a spot role with the Huskers’ offense.
During his tenure in Lincoln, Williams caught one pass for 19 yards. Yet, there was a chance that the fifth-year senior would have garnered a bigger role with the new offensive system. Coming into the summer, Williams was second on the depth chart behind J.D. Spielman. Yet, the wide open offense implemented by the new coaching staff should have been a reason to stay. It’s one of the reasons why Williams had a difficult decision to make.
In addition to Spielman, the Huskers are loaded with returning players on the perimeter. Morgan Stanley Jr. is the position leader, while sophomore Tyjon Lindsey will be looking to make a dynamic impact on the offense in the slot. The Huskers also have Bryan Reimers to play an expanded role next season.
In April, quarterback Patrick O’Brien decided to leave the football program. O’Brien was in contention become the starting quarterback. However, a couple of young guys were breathing down his neck in the race for the No. 1 signal caller position. Moreover, a few of the other quarterback prospects are better suited for the new offense. Therefore, it was no surprise to see O’Brien take his college career to another campus.
It’s possible incoming freshman Adrian Martinez will earn the starting job in 2018. He will battle Tristan Gebbia and Andrew Bunch in summer camp. The most likely scenario is that all three quarterbacks see some action early-on in the season. Otherwise, the Huskers may begin the new regime with a true freshman at quarterback.
Fullback Ben Miles also decided to leave the Huskers' program after the coaching change. Miles picked the Huskers over programs like the LSU Tigers after his father Les Miles was fired in 2016.
The Huskers have plenty of new talent coming into the program, so the transfers shouldn't be too hard on the team. Yet, it's a wait and see approach when it comes to how the entire team will perform in a real game.