Nebraska running back Greg Bell will not make the trip to Wisconsin. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Hail Varsity that Bell was not expected to make the trip after originally being placed on the travel roster.
Bell, who came to Nebraska from Arizona Western Community College, began the season as the Huskers' starting running back. He had 35 carries for 173 yards through four games this season. He was later moved to second string ahead of the Wisconsin matchup after Devine Ozigbo’s breakout game against Purdue.
Running backs coach Ryan Held spoke about Bell's week heading into the matchup with the Boilermakers.
“Well, I’ll be honest with you, and he knows this, last week when I told him Devine was starting, he might’ve got in his feelings a little bit and maybe felt sorry for himself," Held said. "When you feel sorry for yourself, you go out there and you don’t perform – you’re worrying about things you can’t control.”
Bell was viewed as a big recruiting win for coach Scott Frost and Held. He was ranked as the No. 1 junior college running back in last year’s class.
If Bell departs, he would be the 15th player to leave Nebraska since Frost took over. Wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey departed earlier this week.
Nebraska has not responded to a request for comment on Bell's status on the team at this time. Bell is still currently listed on the Huskers' roster.
UPDATE (10.5.18, 8:00 p.m.): According to a report from ESPN, university officials confirmed that Bell will seek to transfer.
Greg Bell’s release and upcoming transfer have been confirmed by the running back and the school: https://t.co/XqQoiWSQrg
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) October 6, 2018