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Cody Green. Aaron Green. Braylon Heard. Tyler Moore. Ryan Klachko. Brion Carnes.
That’s a list of the blue-chip offensive recruits that have transferred out of the Nebraska program in the last two years. Sure, transfers happen at all schools. But Nebraska has seen an alarming exodus of top-flight offensive talent recently.
I know to many fans, particularly to the old-school ones, this should not be a worry for an offensive coordinator. The kids are getting a privilege to pull on the scarlet and cream shirts, and should be shown the door if they can’t stand a little competition.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? But the reality is that modern players are much more aware of their options, and much more willing to pull the trigger on a transfer if they feel their individual goals are not being met at a school.
Once again, Nebraska will have an influx of talented running backs coming in, with true freshmen Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor arriving to compete with sophomore Imani Cross, redshirt freshman King Frazier and junior Ameer Abdullah for playing time. While Tim Beck’s most important job in the micro is to gain yards and score points, in the macro he can’t help but worry how his play-calling and utilization of personnel will affect Nebraska’s retention (and, ultimately, recruiting) of talent.