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Huskers fall practice, Day 5, 8/8

Nebraska defensive back Cam'ron Jones prepares to run through a drill during practice Aug. 8 at Hawks Championship Center.

The spring attrition continued for Nebraska on Friday morning and this time it's a heralded young defensive back who never quite hit his stride in Lincoln. 

Cam'ron Jones, the former four-star prospect from the 2018 class, is transferring from NU, he confirmed via Twitter on Friday morning. 

"Although this was not an easy decision, after further discussion with my family I have decided to enter my name in the NCAA transfer portal," Jones wrote. 

He thanked the Husker coaches and added, "I am forever grateful for the opportunity to experience such an amazing program with the best fan base!" 

Jones, a Mansfield, Texas, native, was considered one of the gems of Scott Frost's transition class in 2018 but suffered an injury and missed all of the 2018 season. 

This spring, Frost and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher each at different times pointed to academic hurdles that Jones needed to clear in order to get back into the picture. 

Before the spring, Fisher made it clear where he thought Jones' priorities needed to be. 

“I first want to get Cam to understand that without the classroom, there’s no football,” Fisher said. “Without the classroom, that (football) dream is no dream. It’s all fake. Getting Cam to buy into the classroom, once he buys it in the classroom, he’s going to make a flip on the football field. (Football) is really what he wants to do. He’s going to make that flip. But right now, to be honest, it’s just getting him to buy in 100% in the classroom and what’s really important." 

That day, Frost called the 6-foot-1 180-pounder a "bright spot" of spring ball's first practice. 

Closer to the end of spring ball, though, Jones missed multiple practices and Frost said the young defensive back had academic issues that he was "working through." 

Jones is the fourth scholarship player to leave Nebraska since spring ball ended 13 days ago, joining punter Caleb Lightbourn and outside linebackers Breon Dixon and Quayshon Alexander. 

The Huskers now have a total of 81 scholarship players, according to Journal Star numbers, four below the 85-man maximum. They still have two spaces in the 2019 class to use on the transfer market in the coming weeks and months. 

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

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Sports writer

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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