It's true, Nebraska lost Chase Harper, a four star tight end due to lack of academic eligibility, but Nebraska recently garnered a proven playmaker at tight end in former Washington Huskie Kavario Middleton.
Kavario Middleton played all twelve games in his sophomore year with the Huskies catching 26 balls for 257 yards and three touchdowns in 2009. Middleton is a best of a tight end standing at 6'5", weighing 250 pounds, and reportedly also running a 4.7 forty yard dash.
His talents are unquestioned and the fact that he is a physical specimen is hardly arguable as his physical presence is imposing. However, Middleton does come with a few question marks, mostly on his character.
The former four star recruit was dismissed from the Washington Huskies for what was only described as a "violation of team rules." Most assume that this violation had something to due with drug possession which begs the question of "why deal with him?"
Nebraska's head coach Bo Pelini has dismissed players from the team for similar character issues (see Quinton Castille in the summer of 2009), so what seems to be the difference in allowing a player like this to transfer?
The only answer I can provide is that Bo Pelini likes the character of his team right now and he thinks that they can pull Middleton up, but you can rest assured that he will be on a short leash. Another reason is that Middleton will be transferring as a walk-on and will be forced to sit out a year per NCAA regulations, (although he can use this season as a red-shirt year), so the risk is minimal.
If Middleton struggles with those same issues, he'll be gone without an issue, but if he doesn't he could be a much needed asset in the Fall of 2011.