JD Spielman
Nebraska Cornhusker WR enters the transfer portal. Photo courtesy of Husker Athletics

Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman has officially entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal and has “mutually parted ways” with the Huskers, according to multiple local sources. 

Spielman had taken an absence from the football program in March citing “personal health matters.”

Spielman, who grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, will look to play elsewhere this fall but may not be eligible to transfer. With only one year of eligibility remaining and already having used a redshirt, Spielman either will have to be granted a waiver to play, or transfer to a lower level of college football. 

Entering the transfer portal, Spielman joins two other former Huskers who made similar decisions in the last few weeks. Henry Gray entered the portal last week and has committed to Florida International, and Noah Vedral, who left in April, has committed to Rutgers. 

During Spielman’s career at Nebraska, he quickly established himself as one of the most prolific receivers in Nebraska history. He is the only receiver in Husker history to record three consecutive seasons of 800 receiving yards. He ranks third in school history in receiving yards (2,546) and catches (170). Last season, Spielman was a major contributor to Nebraska’s passing game, amassing 898 receiving yards which made up 35.2% of the Huskers’ total receiving yardage and 48.4% of the wide receivers’ production. 

Special teams would also be affected by Spielman’s decision as he was responsible for a return score in all of his seasons at Nebraska. 

Spielman’s likely exit means Nebraska will have nine scholarship wide receivers on the roster in 2020, and five of them will be new additions unless Nebraska adds a receiver from the transfer portal. The Huskers are also now down to 13 scholarship seniors remaining on the roster, and they have 79 of 85 spots filled overall, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. 


Cody Frederick is a fifth-year student majoring in sports media, journalism and broadcasting while minoring in business administration and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is from a small town in Northeast Nebraska called Winside.