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Husker punter Lightbourn acknowledges transfer, says 'I leave with no regrets'
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Husker punter Lightbourn acknowledges transfer, says 'I leave with no regrets'

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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." 

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. 

Position Freshman RS Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
QB (4) Logan Smothers Luke McCaffrey* Adrian Martinez
Noah Vedral*
RB (5) Sevion Morrison Ronald Thompkins* Dedrick Mills*
Marvin Scott III Rahmir Johnson*
TE (5) Chris Hickman* Austin Allen* Jack Stoll*
Travis Vokolek*
Kurt Rafdal*
WR (10) Zavier Betts Jamie Nance* Wan'Dale Robinson Jaevon McQuitty* JD Spielman*
Marcus Fleming De'Mariyon Houston Omar Manning*
Will Nixon
Alante Brown
T (10) Turner Corcoran Bryce Benhart* Broc Bando* Brenden Jaimes
Alex Conn Matthew Anderson* Matt Farniok*
Jimmy Fritzsche* Christian Gaylord*^
Brant Banks*
G (5) Michael Lynn* Trent Hixson* Boe Wilson*
Ethan Piper* Matt Sichterman*
C (2) Cameron Jurgens*
Will Farniok*
DE (10) Marquis Black Mosai Newsom* Tate Wildeman* Deontre Thomas* Ben Stille*
Casey Rogers* Jahkeem Green*
Chris Walker*
Jordon Riley*
Pheldarius Payne
DT (3) Nash Hutmacher Ty Robinson* Damion Daniels*
OLB (8) Blaise Gunnerson Jamin Graham* Garrett Nelson Caleb Tannor JoJo Domann*
Jimari Butler David Alston*
Niko Cooper*
ILB (7) Keyshawn Greene Nick Henrich* Eteva Mauga-Clements Collin Miller*
Jackson Hannah* Will Honas*
Garrett Snodgrass*
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
Tamon Lynum
ST (1) Barret Pickering (K)*
Class Total 18 21 11 19 14
Overall Total 83
*Player has used redshirt
^Appealing for 6th year

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com 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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