Heard to Transfer?
While Nebraska is squarely in the home stretch of recruiting season, it may be time to do some real recruiting of a player already on their team. An Ohio TV station has reported that running back Braylon Heard will transfer closer to home. Apparently, Heard never mentioned that to Pelini, which could leave the door open at least a crack for him to return.
Heard is going into his junior season at Nebraska but still has a redshirt year available, which he might use if he were to transfer to another FBS school. While Heard was lightly used in his first two seasons in Lincoln, it seemed likely that his role was going to grow with the departure of Rex Burkhead. He's shown a lot of ability both in high school (he was a four-star recruit) and college (his 6.7 yards per carry average last season was second only to Rex Burkhead's).
Generally speaking, Nebraska has needed three running backs per season and generally used at least four. The wear and tear of the position is so brutal that you need two in every game and you expect injuries to happen to where the third must be relied upon.
Heard's departure would probably force Nebraska into using at least one of their standout true freshman recruits in Terrell Newby or Adam Taylor. Should injuries happen to Ameer Abdullah or Imani Cross, then both freshmen would probably be called upon in their first year.