A coaching change typically means roster turnover, and the Huskers have had a handful of announcements in recent days. The latest is from redshirt freshman linebacker Andrew Ward.
Thanks so much Nebraska! pic.twitter.com/NAT9Yr0Rte
— Drew Ward (@Drew__Ward9) May 19, 2018
Ward's announcement was the second for the Huskers on Saturday. Earlier in the day junior center Michael Decker announced that he was stepping away from football.
A 3-star recruit from Muskegon, Michigan, in the 2017 class, Ward redshirted last season. He tallied seven tackles and a pass breakup for the White team in Nebraska's spring game.
Ward's departure is the sixth at Nebraska since Scott Frost was named as the Huskers' new head coach. He joins Decker, offensive lineman Bryan Brokop, fullback Ben Miles, wide receiver Keyan Williams and quarterback Patrick O'Brien as players who have opted to leave the program. Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr., who took a leave of absence last fall, announced in December that he would transfer to Arizona.
Nebraska now sits at 84 scholarships for 2018, one under the limit. That count includes transfer quarterback Noah Vedral, who Frost said this week had received a scholarship release from Central Florida allowing him to accept a scholarship at Nebraska.