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Huskers adding former Iowa WR as walk-on transfer

Huskers adding former Iowa WR as walk-on transfer

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Oliver Martin

Iowa wide receiver Oliver Martin warms up before a game last season in Iowa City, Iowa.

Nebraska is adding a second former Iowa football player as a walk-on this offseason. 

Former Hawkeye wide receiver Oliver Martin is listed in UNL's student directory as of Thursday night. He originally entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal earlier this month. 

Rivals first reported Martin's enrollment at Nebraska.

Martin, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, redshirted in 2017 and then played in 13 games at Michigan in 2018. That year, he caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown before transferring to Iowa. In 2019, Martin played in eight games and caught five passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. 

An Iowa City, Iowa, native, Martin was a consensus four-star prospect out of high school and picked the Wolverines over the Hawkeyes in a recruitment that featured several national names. The recruiting service 247Sports considered him the No. 47 overall player in the country and the seventh-ranked wide receiver, while Rivals considered him the No. 206 player nationally. 

Earlier this offseason, Nebraska added former Iowa offensive lineman Ezra Miller. The former four-star recruit left the school after his redshirt season and cited mental health reasons for needing a break from the game before entering his name into the transfer portal. 

Because Martin was a scholarship player at Iowa, he would need a waiver to play immediately for the Huskers unless he graduated from UI. Nebraska currently doesn't know when it will next play a game and the NCAA could make decisions regarding eligibility for all players Friday. 

Martin was set to enter 2020 as a redshirt junior. 

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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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