QB Bunch exploring transfer from Nebraska, but return still possible

December 15, 2018

Nebraska quarterback Andrew Bunch is in the NCAA’s new transfer database and considering his options, but a return to the Huskers remains on the table.

A source told the Journal Star that Bunch’s name appeared in the new database, which in October began serving as an information hub for players who intend to transfer, and NU on Friday released a statement clarifying Bunch’s standing in the program.

“Andrew met with Coach Frost recently and felt it was necessary to explore his options,” the statement read. “Playing time is important to him, and we support his decision to see what other opportunities may be out there.

“He relayed to us that his heart is with this team, and that he would like to stay. We want him to be confident that Nebraska is the best place for him, so we will continue to support him as he works through this process. He plans to update everyone once he has evaluated his options.”

So it is still possible that Bunch, a walk-on originally from Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, plays for the Huskers in 2019 if the sophomore does not like his options, which, at least initially, appear to revolve mostly around lower-level FBS schools and FCS schools.

Bunch played in five games as a sophomore in 2018 and started once for Nebraska. He completed 66 percent of his attempts for 320 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Bunch initially came to Nebraska during the Mike Riley era as a walk-on from Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College. When Scott Frost and his staff arrived, Bunch impressed during spring ball with his athleticism and throwing ability. When Tristan Gebbia transferred before the season — before UCF transfer Noah Vedral earned an eligibility waiver in the middle of the season — Bunch started the regular season as NU’s No. 2 option behind freshman Adrian Martinez.

The depth in the room is only growing, though, as Vedral is now eligible and 2019 recruit Luke McCaffrey will sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday and join the program in January.

So, perhaps Bunch will be back and perhaps he won’t. Regardless, his time at Nebraska has created opportunities to see the field again in the future.

“Andrew knows that we certainly would like to have him back next year,” the statement finished. “He is a competitor and we are a better team with him.”

Earlier in the month, redshirt freshman outside linebacker Guy Thomas and freshman receiver Justin McGriff both decided to transfer from the program. Additionally, walk-on tight end Branden Hohenstein has not been on the Huskers.com roster since the end of the season.

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