Nebraska linebacker Will Honas, who wasn’t able to play in the 2021 season due to an injury he sustained last spring, announced on Monday morning that he entered his name into the transfer portal.
— Will Honas (@Will_Honas) January 17, 2022
Honas spent four seasons with Nebraska after transferring to Lincoln prior to the 2018 campaign from Butler (Kansas) Community College. In his Nebraska career, he recorded 145 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks. In 2020, Honas was honorable-mention All-Big Ten after racking up 57 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. The Wichita, Kansas, native suffered a season-ending injury—the second during his time at Nebraska—in his first season as a Husker, 2018, but returned to be a key piece to the linebacking corps in 2019 and 2020, where he had 73 and 57 tackles, respectively.
Due to his season-ending injury before the 2021 campaign started, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Honas made the decision to file an appeal to the NCAA to come back for another year, which would be his seventh total after spending two junior-college seasons at Butler.
“I just have my fingers crossed he can get healthy and get back out there for us,” Nebraska head coach Scott Frost of Honas said on Oct. 7.
Honas’ possible departure could stem from a desire for playing time and a starting role, which wouldn’t be a given if he stayed at Nebraska for the 2022 season. The Huskers return their top two middle linebackers in Luke Reimer and Nick Henrich, who have cemented themselves as one of the top linebacker duos in the Big Ten. Reimer finished the season with 108 tackles while Henrich had 99. If both would have gotten to triple digits, it would have been the first time since 2003 that two Huskers had 100 or more tackles in a season.