Scott Frost said Wednesday night JD Spielman ending up in the transfer portal this week was a decision made mutually. He said it was time for the team and the receiver to go their separate ways.
The Huskers head football coach made those remarks on the Husker Sports Network radio show, Sports Nightly.
Spielman is in the transfer portal after taking time away from the team for mental health reasons. He reportedly did not finish his course work in the spring semester. Spielman had 2,546 total career years and 170 receptions at Nebraska in his three years in Nebraska’s program. He was on course to become the all-time leading receiver in Huskers history if he had stayed for his final season.
His departure creates an opportunity for Sophomore Wan’Dale Robinson (40 catches in his freshman year) and other younger players like Chris Hickman, Marcus Flemming and Alante Brown in the wide receiver group to get more playing time and take on more leadership.
Frost said Junior Kade Warner will be ready to play this season after being slowed down by a foot injury for much of the Huskers 2019 season. He had eight receptions last season, 25 total in his two seasons.
The wide receiver room has seven incoming freshmen along with Omar Manning, a Junior College transfer from Texas.
Matt Lubick, Nebraska’s first-year Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receiver coach, is “going to have to earn his spot as a coach trying to get some new talent ready,” said Frost on Sports Nightly.
Frost also discussed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on March 25. He described it as “absolutely disgusting” and “inexcusable” and couldn’t relate to someone who doesn’t feel the same.
Frost said the Nebraska coaching staff is trying to remain open to conversations with the players about their concerns stemming from events leading to protests in all 50 states.
“There are a lot of people hurting and angry. We don’t claim to have all the answers. We just want to be there for our kids,” Frost said.
While there has also been tension over the alleged murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, the world is also fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. College football season and sports, in general, are being threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite this, Frost said he is becoming more and more confident college football will start on time.
“That’s what our country needs and everyone is looking forward to.”