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Nebraska vs. Northwestern, 10/13/18

Nebraska's Noah Vedral warms up for the game against Northwestern last week at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Nebraska's quarterback room just got deeper. 

In a surprising midseason turn, sophomore quarterback Noah Vedral was granted immediate eligibility, NU officials confirmed Saturday morning. He was on the team's travel roster and was available to play against Northwestern on Saturday, but Adrian Martinez played the entire game. 

Vedral, a Wahoo native, transferred to NU in January after playing his true freshman year for Nebraska coach Scott Frost at Central Florida. 

"I’m glad that he was granted his waiver and I wish it would have happened earlier in the year," Frost said after Nebraska's overtime loss to the Wildcats. 

He and the coaching staff decided in August not to pursue an exception to the typical NCAA transfer rules, which call for players to sit out a season after transferring. 

The school discussed applying for a waiver essentially since Vedral arrived on campus, but did not actually apply for one until mid-September after Tristan Gebbia transferred and Adrian Martinez was injured in Sept. 8's season opener against Colorado. 

Now Vedral is immediately eligible, news NU did not learn until late Friday afternoon. He was on the trip with Nebraska in Evanston, arriving after the team did on Friday. Nebraska sent freshman quarterback Matt Masker back to Lincoln, swapping the two young signal-callers on the team travel roster. 

It's unclear where Vedral falls in the pecking order. At least on Saturday, he was likely the No. 3 option behind Martinez and sophomore Andrew Bunch. 

"We’ll figure that out later," Frost said. 

Vedral appeared in seven games as McKenzie Milton's primary backup in Orlando. 

Vedral is still squarely in line to redshirt this season, but adds needed depth to a Husker quarterback room that's seen two players transfer since the spring and also had to manage an early-season knee injury to freshman Martinez. 

Vedral can play in up to four of the Huskers' remaining seven games and still retain his redshirt, meaning he's on track to enter 2019 as a redshirt sophomore. 

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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