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WR Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda Enters Transfer Portal, More from Mickey Joseph

October 11, 2022

Nebraska wide receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda has entered the transfer portal. The junior played in four games this season: Northwestern (34 snaps, 7 targets, 4 catches, 120 yards, 1 touchdown, North Dakota (23 snaps, 0 targets), Georgia Southern (24 snaps, 2 targets, 2 drops) and Oklahoma (25 snaps, 1 target, 1 catch, 0 yards). He tweeted the news Tuesday morning.


“Isaiah is a good kid, he wanted to be the No. 1 guy and we couldn’t do that for him,” interim head coach Mickey Joseph said on Tuesday. “They want to leave, they have their right to leave.”

Joseph wished Garcia-Castaneda well in whatever is next for him.

Tommi Hill—who started at cornerback—was moved to wide receiver ahead of the Rutgers matchup. He’s also now officially listed as a wide receiver on the Huskers’ roster.

“We need to get Tommi on the field,” Joseph said, adding that Hill was a receiver in high school and that this move “could be” a permanent one.

For now, this is the last day that Nebraska players are able to enter the portal mid-season. They had 30 days following Scott Frost’s firing to enter the portal. Any further decisions after Tuesday will have to wait until the window opens again post-season.

More news and notes:

>> Cornerback Quinton Newsome and inside linebacker Luke Reimer are “day-to-day,” per Joseph, but “both looked good today” at practice. They both left Friday’s matchup with Rutgers with injuries.

Wide receiver Omar Manning is also day-to-day. He left Friday’s game with an apparent ankle injury and was later seen on crutches.

>> Any health concerns with quarterback Casey Thompson? Not according to Joseph.

“Casey’s a tough dude. He’s going to take shots,” Joseph said.

>> Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple “is fine,” per Joseph. “He’s dealing with some things but it’s not getting in the way of work.”

It was noted that Whipple was in a walking boot and carted around at Rutgers, but Joseph brushed it off. He joked he’s been coaching a long time and should be carted around if he wants, adding that he’s “probably the toughest dude on the staff.”

>> Could we see the Nebraska offensive line rearranged again?

“Could be a different five,” Joseph said. “We’re gonna get our best five.”

He pointed toward the 2019 LSU team, which had a different five players up front each week.

>> Rutgers said Friday’s matchup with Nebraska was a sellout, but Joseph said it was not.

“Let’s be real about it. It wasn’t a sellout,” Joseph said, adding that he hopes the Purdue matchup is a true sellout.

>> Nebraska’s defense has pitched back-to-back second-half shutouts, but Joseph said no Blackshirts have been handed back out.

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