Nebraska wide receiver Keyan Williams has requested and been granted a release from his scholarship, he announced on Twitter Monday.
— Keyan Williams (@Primetime_IX) May 14, 2018
"I initially came to Lincoln to reunite with my family and be coached by my dad, but I instantly realized why the University of Nebraska and the city of Lincoln are so special," Williams wrote. "I know I have gained some lifelong friends, and I'll be receiving my degree this summer so I'll be a Husker regardless."
The senior wideout and son to former wideout coach Keith Williams transferred from Fresno State in 2016. He sat his first year in Lincoln then battled through a hamstring injury last season, limiting him to just one catch in three games.
In the spring, new offensive coordinator and wideouts coach Troy Walters praised Keyan's willingness to adjust to a new staff that didn't include his father. Many were wondering what the veteran's role would be in a newly-deep receiving corps.
On Monday, he answered those questions.
Head coach Scott Frost said before the spring game he would be having conversations with everyone following spring's conclusion to discuss where he saw them fitting into the team this season. Williams didn't see the field during Nebraska's April 21 spring game. He'll likely look for a place he can play right away.
Williams is the third Husker to announce his decision to transfer since the new staff took over, joining quarterback Patrick O'Brien and fullback Ben Miles. (Offensive lineman Bryan Brokop updated his Twitter bio to read "former Nebraska football player" but nothing official has been announced.)
If Brokop has been granted a release of his scholarship, Keyan's departure will bring the Huskers down to 86 scholarship players, including transfer quarterback Noah Vedral. The limit is 85.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.