Every senior on Nebraska’s 2020 football roster has the option to return for another season after the NCAA paused the eligibility clock this year in response to the pandemic. So far, two Husker seniors have opted to pursue draft preparation rather than another season in Lincoln.
Tight end Jack Stoll is the latest to make that decision. The Lone Tree, Colorado, native shared the news on Monday.
Thank you Nebraska! It’s been real✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/DJItLPHrOn
— Jack Stoll (@StollJack) December 28, 2020
Stoll played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 then started 24 straight games for the Huskers as a sophomore and junior in 2018 and 2019. He got off to a strong start this year with two catches for 24 yards in the season-opener against Ohio State, but was injured early in that game. Stoll would return three weeks later, in time for the Huskers’ 30-23 win over Penn State, but he wouldn’t record another reception until the final two games of the year.
Stoll caught two passes for 21 yards in the loss to Minnesota and three for 44 yards in the win over Rutgers to close the season. For his career, Stoll appeared in 43 games over four seasons making 61 catches for 657 yards with six touchdowns. He was on the preseason Mackey Award watch list each of the past three seasons.
With Stoll slowed by injury, Austin Allen and Travis Vokolek took the bulk of the snaps for Nebraska at tight end. Allen, a junior in 2020, ranked second on the team with 18 receptions for 236 yards and a touchdown. Vokolek, a Rutgers transfer in his first season on the field for the Huskers, had nine catches for 91 yards.
Right tackle Brenden Jaimes is the other Husker senior to have announced he will prepare for the draft rather than return to Lincoln. After making a school-record 40 consecutive starts on the offensive line, Jaimes opted out of the Huskers’ final game to focus on preparing for the next phase of his career. Jaimes will participate in the 2021 Senior Bowl, a showcase for draft prospects in Mobile, Alabama.
Boe Wilson, another senior in the 2020 class, announced last week that he was entering the transfer portal. Wilson started 12 games at right guard in 2019 and the first two games of 2020, one on the right and one on the left, but redshirt freshman Ethan Piper emerged as the Huskers’ preferred option as the season progressed.
Nebraska’s 2021 recruiting class was highlighted by 4-star tight end Thomas Fidone and included three offensive linemen through the early signing period.