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Oregon State reportedly lands third Nebraska transfer

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The Lincoln-to-Corvallis pipeline reportedly remains wide open for business.

This past week, Nebraska officials confirmed that Tyjon Lindsey had asked for and been granted a release from his NU scholarship.  Just a couple of days later, it’s being reported that Oregon State is the landing spot for Lindsey.

Rivals.com was the first to report the move to the Beavers.  The Oregonian subsequently confirmed the initial report to the roster, although the football program has not yet addressed any potential addition.

A consensus four-star 2017 signee, Lindsey was rated as the No. 7 receiver in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Nevada; and the No. 50 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  No signee in the Cornhuskers’ class that year was rated higher than the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman product.

After catching 12 passes for 76 yards as a true freshman, Lindsey had 22 yards on three receptions this season before deciding to transfer.

Lindsey would become the third former Cornhuskers football player to transfer to the Beavers in the last month or so.  In late August, OSU confirmed the addition of linebacker Avery Roberts to the roster.  Less than a week later, quarterback Tristan Gebbia was officially added as well.

One of the OSU-NU connections comes in the form of assistant Trent Bray.  After spending the past three seasons as the linebackers coach of the Cornhuskers, Bray was hired for the same job by the Beavers late last year and is in his first season as an assistant on Jonathan Smith‘s staff.

Additionally, Mike Riley, fired as the Cornhuskers’ head coach last year, was hired by his former school to serve as Smith’s assistant head coach.  While he was named as the head coach of the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio franchise in mid-June, Riley is still listed on the program’s official website as an analyst for the football program.

Reports: Nebraska RB Greg Bell won’t travel to Wisconsin, considering transfer

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Nearly midway through what so far has been a winless season in Lincoln, the personnel upheaval is continuing.  Reportedly.

According to multiple media outlets in the area, Greg Bell will not make the trip to Madison this weekend for Nebraska’s game Saturday against Wisconsin.  Rivals.com is reporting that Bell has decided to leave the Cornhuskers and transfer, although the Omaha World-Herald writes that “NU is not confirming Bell’s departure and will not have a comment on his situation until after the Wisconsin game.”

Bell had started the first three games of the season, but was benched ahead of the Week 5 loss to Purdue and played sparingly last weekend. If the junior were to leave now without playing another down for the ‘Huskers, he’d be able to take advantage of the new redshirt rule and retain a season of eligibility that he could use elsewhere.

Through four games, Bell was third on the team, and second among running backs, with 173 yards rushing on his 35 carries.  Just two of those carries came in the loss to the Boilermakers this past Saturday.

Should he end up transferring, Bell would become at least the 15th player to leave the program since Scott Frost took over last December.  The other 14 are offensive lineman Bryan Brokop, wide receiver Zack Darlington (HERE) offensive lineman Michael Decker (HERE), tight end David Engelhaupt (HERE), quarterback Tristan Gebbia (HERE), linebacker Willie Hampton (HERE), defensive back Will Jackson (HERE), wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (HERE), fullback Ben Miles (HERE), quarterback Patrick O’Brien (HERE), linebacker Avery Roberts (HERE), tight end Matt Snyder (HERE) inside linebacker Andrew Ward (HERE) and wide receiver Keyan Williams (HERE).  An even dozen of those 14 transferred, while one of the remaining two, Decker, retired from football and the other, Darlington, joined the Army.

Highest-rated signee in Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class to transfer

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There was one promotion this week on Nebraska’s wide receiving depth chart and now, coincidentally or not, there’s been a self-demotion within that same positional group.

With speculation swirling throughout the day Tuesday, Nebraska officials have confirmed that Tyjon Lindsey has asked for and been granted a release from his NU scholarship.  As further confirmation of the move, Lindsey is no longer listed on the Cornhuskers’ online roster.

Lindsey is the latest of a dozen or more players across college football who have taken advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.  Because Lindsey played in four games in 2018, this year won’t count against his eligibility and he’ll have three more years to use beginning with the 2019 season.

A consensus four-star 2017 signee, Lindsey was rated as the No. 7 receiver in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Nevada; and the No. 50 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  No signee in the Cornhuskers’ class that year was rated higher than the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman product.

After catching 12 passes for 76 yards as a true freshman, Lindsey had 22 yards on three receptions this season before deciding to transfer.

In January of this year, Lindsey was one of two Cornhusker football players hospitalized following a winter workout.  Lindsey spent three days in the hospital being treated for rhabdomyolysis.

Two Nebraska players hospitalized following workouts, since released

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The term “rhabdomyolysis” has entered the college football discussion yet again.

New Nebraska head coach Scott Frost confirmed to the Lincoln Journal Star Tuesday morning that two of his Cornhuskers football players were hospitalized recently and treated for rhabdomyolysis following a winter workout.  The two players involved were wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (pictured) and defensive lineman Dylan Owen, the former who was hospitalized for three days and the latter two.

Both have since been released from the hospital.

“Anything that happens in our program is ultimately my responsibility,” Frost said. “Our strength coach and training room were coordinating to do absolutely the best they could to make sure the transition went smooth, but two kids that exerted themselves too far…

“I want to make sure people understand that the health of our players is always going to be our primary concern. It’s been kind of a scary deal and both kids are doing fine now.”

The Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group describes rhabdomyolysis thusly:

Rhabdomyolysis is defined as “a degeneration of muscle cells and is characterized by a group of conditions including muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, and swelling; myoglobinuria (presence of myoglobin in the urine); and increased levels of sarcoplasmic (muscle) proteins and other muscle constituents in the blood.”

“One of the proteins released from damaged muscle cells is myoglobin. High levels of myoglobin in the blood (myoglobinemia) result in a “spill over” of myoglobin into the urine (myoglobinuria). In certain situations, myoglobin can precipitate in the kidneys and cause renal failure.”

“Equally dangerous can be the leakage of potassium into the bloodstream, which under certain circumstances can interfere with propagation of the heartbeat. Another danger is posed by the possible leakage of excessive calcium into the cell, creating a state of hypocalcemia in the bloodstream, which can lead to irregular heartbeat, muscle spasms, and other symptoms.

In June of 2011, a dozen Iowa football players were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis for various lengths of time following a workout.  A year ago at this time, several Oregon football players were hospitalized as well with the same issue.