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Life in the Red: Former Husker QB McCaffrey transferring again after short stint at Louisville
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Life in the Red: Former Husker QB McCaffrey transferring again after short stint at Louisville

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Illinois vs. Nebraska, 11.21

Former Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey splits two Illinois defenders on a run Nov. 21 at Memorial Stadium.

Luke McCaffrey's time as a Louisville Cardinal did not last long. 

The former Nebraska quarterback, who entered the transfer portal in late January and verbally committed to Louisville about a month later, is now leaving the school. 

Louisville coach Scott Satterfield announced the news during a radio interview on 93.9 The Ville in Louisville.

McCaffrey started two games and appeared in seven of the Huskers' eight at quarterback. he threw for 466 yards and a touchdown (63.2% completions) and also rushed for 364 yards and three touchdowns. 

He took over for junior Adrian Martinez as the starting quarterback in November and led the Huskers to a win over Penn State in his debut, but then turned the ball over four times against Illinois the next week, prompting NU to turn back to Martinez for the final three games of the season. 

“Luke came in last week, started working out Wednesday with the team and then I guess after the week, those 3-4 days, decided that this wasn’t the place for him,” Satterfield said. “I think his big thing that he wanted to do, he wanted to come in and play and be a starting quarterback.

"I guess after 3-4 days, he decided that wasn’t going to happen here. I wish him the best. Not sure what he's going to do, but he's a good player, good person.”

When McCaffrey left Nebraska, he did so just after the spring semester began, so while he was not on the football team, he attended UNL classes and had just recently joined the Louisville football team for summer workouts. 

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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