Nebraska senior punter Caleb Lightbourn is exploring a transfer.
The Washougal, Washington, native entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal, meaning coaches from other schools are allowed to have contact with him, an NU spokesman confirmed Monday.
Lightbourn lost his starting job in the middle of last year to walk-on Isaac Armstrong. He participated in spring ball and was on the White Team for Saturday's Red-White Spring Game, which was made up mostly of back-ups and scout teamers.
In a Tuesday statement on Twitter, Lightbourn acknowledged the trouble he's had getting back into form after sliding into a funk in 2018.
"I battled adversity when I first came here," he wrote. "And I will continue to battle adversity as I leave, as I learn to master the mental side of the game."
Lightbourn also wrote, "I've given this team and state my all and you all gave it right back. I leave with no regrets."
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Lightbourn started his first two years here and was a strong incumbent into 2018 before losing his job after 148 career punts for Nebraska. He has not used a redshirt, so theoretically Lightbourn has two years to play one.
Just because a player is in the portal doesn't guarantee that he will transfer, but in all likelihood Lightbourn will play elsewhere in 2019. When a player enters his name into the portal, the school can end his scholarship at the end of the semester. In rare occasions -- for instance, NU walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch -- there may be an agreement between the player and coaches to look around, but that will be much more the exception than the rule.
Armstrong is the favorite to win the job in 2019 and is joined by fellow senior walk-on Jackson Walker. Michigan State transfer William Przystup joins the fold this summer, but under normal transfer rules will not be eligible until 2020 at which point he'll be a sophomore.
For the Huskers, it only took one day after spring ball ended for the attrition to begin. As it stands, NU now has 84 scholarship players and 15 seniors.
|QB (4)||Logan Smothers||Luke McCaffrey*||Adrian Martinez|
|RB (5)||Sevion Morrison||Ronald Thompkins*||Dedrick Mills*|
|Marvin Scott III||Rahmir Johnson*|
|TE (5)||Chris Hickman*||Austin Allen*||Jack Stoll*|
|WR (10)||Zavier Betts||Jamie Nance*||Wan'Dale Robinson||Jaevon McQuitty*||JD Spielman*|
|Marcus Fleming||De'Mariyon Houston||Omar Manning*|
|T (10)||Turner Corcoran||Bryce Benhart*||Broc Bando*||Brenden Jaimes|
|Alex Conn||Matthew Anderson*||Matt Farniok*|
|Jimmy Fritzsche*||Christian Gaylord*^|
|G (5)||Michael Lynn*||Trent Hixson*||Boe Wilson*|
|Ethan Piper*||Matt Sichterman*|
|C (2)||Cameron Jurgens*|
|DE (10)||Marquis Black||Mosai Newsom*||Tate Wildeman*||Deontre Thomas*||Ben Stille*|
|Casey Rogers*||Jahkeem Green*|
|DT (3)||Nash Hutmacher||Ty Robinson*||Damion Daniels*|
|OLB (8)||Blaise Gunnerson||Jamin Graham*||Garrett Nelson||Caleb Tannor||JoJo Domann*|
|Jimari Butler||David Alston*|
|ILB (7)||Keyshawn Greene||Nick Henrich*||Eteva Mauga-Clements||Collin Miller*|
|Jackson Hannah*||Will Honas*|
|S (5)||Henry Gray||Myles Farmer*||Marquel Dismuke*|
|Noa Pola-Gates*||Deontai Williams*|
|CB (8)||Jaiden Francois||Javin Wright*||Braxton Clark*||Cam Taylor-Britt||Dicaprio Bootle*|
|Ronald Delancy III||Quinton Newsome|
|ST (1)||Barret Pickering (K)*|
|*Player has used redshirt|
|^Appealing for 6th year|
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