Sophomore wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey transferring from Nebraska
LINCOLN — Nebraska receiver Tyjon Lindsey — one of the highest-rated signees in recent Husker recruiting classes — is transferring from the program after asking for and receiving his scholarship release this week.
An NU spokesman confirmed the news Tuesday night after the Huskers removed him from their current roster. Lindsey did not respond to a request for comment.
Because Lindsey played in only four games this season — and did not redshirt as a true freshman in 2017 — he’ll likely be able to retain his sophomore year of eligibility thanks to a new NCAA rule. It was created to help teams keep true freshmen involved in the team without burning their redshirts. Players are now using the rule to transfer in the middle of seasons, as well.
Earlier this week, Nebraska coach Scott Frost said there hadn’t been a hint of any player wanting to transfer before the Huskers’ fifth game.
“Everybody is in the boat,” Frost said.
Lindsey caught three passes for 22 yards this season and was NU’s No. 1 punt returner for the first three games until he was replaced by JD Spielman in the Huskers’ 42-28 loss to Purdue. Lindsey had a key muffed punt in the 56-10 loss to Michigan, although he wasn’t immediately benched after the mistake. The 5-foot-9, 201-pound Californian was Spielman’s backup in the hybrid slot back role, and his departure likely will mean NU taps a deeper reserve to fill that role.
A top-50 national prospect in Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class, Lindsey arrived at NU with much fanfare after flipping to the Huskers from Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. But he caught just 12 passes for 76 yards last season and generally looked a step slow in the Huskers’ pro-style offense. After the staff that recruited him was fired, Lindsey stayed in the program, but was hospitalized in January with rhabdomyolysis after NU’s first workout under new strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval.
Lindsey recovered from the overexertion and gained more muscle. In April, he said he loved playing in Frost’s spread, no-huddle offense.
“I’m ready to be that explosive guy that I always was when I was a younger dude,” Lindsey said. “It’s a new me, and we’ll see where it takes me.”
NU now has eight scholarship receivers, including two seniors, Bryan Reimers and Stanley Morgan.