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Patrick O'Brien has a new home.

The former Nebraska quarterback is transferring to Colorado State, he announced Friday afternoon on Twitter.

O'Brien was Tanner Lee's primary backup here in 2017, appearing in three games and completing 18 of 30 passes for 192 yards and an interception as a redshirt freshman.

When Mike Riley and his coaching staff were fired and Scott Frost and company hired, O'Brien initially expressed excitement about the fresh start and the challenge of competing in a more spread-out offense rather than Riley's pro-style system.

About midway through spring ball, though, O'Brien saw his practice repetitions cut as other quarterbacks on the roster moved past him in the eyes of the new staff. Quickly, he announced his intention to transfer.

Even after the move, players and coaches remained complimentary of O'Brien, a Rancho Cucamonga, California, native.

O'Brien told the Journal Star last month that he also planned on visiting Florida International.

By the NCAA's standard transfer rules, O'Brien would sit out the 2018 season and then be a redshirt junior in the fall of 2019.

The Rams put together a 7-6 campaign in 2017, finishing 5-3 in the Mountain West. They must replace starting quarterback Nick Stevens, threw for 3,799 yards and 29 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. CSU also has Washington graduate transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels on its roster currently, so it could again have an open quarterback race before the 2019 season.

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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