With four games remaining this season, and having only appeared in five total during his first two years in Lincoln, redshirt freshman wideout/running back Miles Jones has told Husker coaches he intends to enter the transfer portal, a team spokesperson confirmed to Hail Varsity.
The news comes on the heels of a third loss in four games for Nebraska, which has dipped to 4-4 on the season. Jones’ name being in the portal doesn’t necessarily mean he’s 100% transferring—walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch had his name in the portal over the summer and was allowed to return to the team—but Jones would be the first player to leave the team since the season has begun.
Out of Miramar, Florida, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Jones has one career carry to his name, a 5-yard gain against Bethune-Cookman last season, and one career catch, a 21-yarder in the same game. Jones hasn’t caught a pass this season. He didn’t play against Indiana this past Saturday.
A member of the 2018 class, Jones was talked up heavily by the coaching staff when they first landed in Lincoln. The hope was he would play their hybrid Duck-R position—the one Wan’Dale Robinson currently occupies—but that never materialized. With Robinson in the fold now, and guys like Sevion Morrison on the way, Jones appears set to be buried on the Husker depth chart. A move makes sense.
But a move will be the latest in a string of blows to that first Husker transition class in 2018. Five players have already left the team from the 25-man group: defensive backs Cam Jones, Will Jackson and CJ Smith, wideout Justin McGriff and running back Greg Bell. Two more players, Willie Canty on the offensive line and Dominick Watt at wideout, never made it to campus. Running back Maurice Washington is currently away from the team with his status moving forward very much up in the air. Wideout Andre Hunt and Katerian LeGrone are indefinitely suspended. Now Jones.
Nebraska has just seven members of that class regularly contributing to the team this season, nine if you count kicker Barret Pickering (who just made his debut against Indiana) and safety Deontai Williams (would-be starter if not for an injury in Week 1).