The latest Husker to enter his name into the transfer portal is coming from the backfield.
Jaylin Bradley, a junior running back from nearby Bellevue, Nebraska, has decided to transfer away from Lincoln and put his name in the portal, a source confirmed to Hail Varsity Tuesday morning.
A member of the oft-discussed 2017 signing class, Bradley struggled to make an impact in his three years as a Husker. He played in seven games as a true freshman in 2017, but only registered 24 carries and 83 yards. In Mike Riley’s last season as head coach, Bradley was a last-resort option at running back for an offense that struggled to find consistency on the ground.
When Scott Frost landed in Nebraska to replace Riley, Bradley was recruited over. A record-breaking running back at Bellevue West (2,915 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior), Bradley appeared just once the last two seasons, a win over Maryland in 2019 in which he carried the ball twice for eight yards.
Bradley makes 10 members now from a 19-man 2017 class who have either transferred away from the university or never arrived. He also becomes the second running back this offseason to leave the team; Maurice Washington was dismissed from the team in early January.
Running back coach Ryan Held has signed at least two running backs in each of his first three years in Lincoln. The room Bradley is leaving behind will be young. Senior-to-be Dedrick Mills is expected to be the top man on the depth chart, but behind him Nebraska will have four freshmen scholarship running backs: Rahmir Johnson and Ronald Thompkins, both redshirt freshmen, and Sevion Morrison and Marvin Scott III, true freshmen who will arrive this summer.
The Huskers also have wideouts in Wan’Dale Robinson, Will Nixon and Alante Brown who can do some running out of the backfield.
In a semi-primary role in 2019, Mills tallied 745 yards and 10 touchdowns. Johnson preserved a redshirt last season while running for one score and 64 yards. Thompkins missed the year while rehabbing from knee surgery.
As things currently stand, the Huskers sit at 84 scholarships.