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Nebraska vs. Bethune-Cookman, 10/27

Bethune-Cookman's Jabari Dunham (9) is pressured by Nebraska's Guy Thomas in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The first bit of offseason attrition has hit Nebraska. 

Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Guy Thomas has been granted his release, a school spokesman confirmed to the Journal Star on Thursday afternoon. 

It's a confirmation that's been weeks in the making, as Thomas did not travel to Nebraska's final road game against Iowa and has been expected for some time to move on from the program after the conclusion of the season. 

Thomas missed an earlier road trip to Wisconsin, but only because he was injured. Then he traveled to Northwestern and Ohio State before missing the Iowa trip. 

Thomas, listed at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, redshirted in 2017 under Mike Riley's staff but never found himself in position for much playing time this fall. 

He appeared in four games this fall and logged four tackles. His most extensive playing time came in the second halves of blowouts against Michigan and Bethune-Cookman. 

Thomas' departure leaves just 10 players remaining at Nebraska from its 2017 recruiting class, which started at 20. Thomas joins a list of departures that includes quarterback Tristan Gebbia, receivers Tyjon Lindsey and Keyshawn Johnson Jr., fellow linebackers Avery Roberts, Willie Hampton and Andrew Ward and fullback Ben Miles.  

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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