Nebraska vs. Rutgers, 12.18

Nebraska's Wan'Dale Robinson finds running room against the Rutgers defense Dec. 18, 2020, in Piscataway, N.J. Content Exchange

There's currently ample discussion in the Nebraska fan base about recent roster attrition in fourth-year head coach Scott Frost's football program. Since Dec. 1 of 2019, a total of 25 players have left the program.

One way to adequately assess the matter is to look at each case individually.

So that's what we did.

A case-by-case look:

Tight end Katerian Legrone -- Awaiting trial after having pleaded not guilty to a sexual assault charge stemming from an alleged August 2019 rape. He was suspended indefinitely from the program in August 2019 and expelled from UNL in April 2020. He appeared in one game and caught one pass for 8 yards against Bethune-Cookman in 2018.

Wide receiver Andre Hunt -- Still in the pretrial phase after being accused and charged in the same August 2019 rape as Legrone. He was suspended indefinitely from the program in August 2019 and expelled from UNL in April 2020. He appeared in two games in 2018 but did not catch a pass.

Running back Maurice Washington -- An electric, but inconsistent, playmaker who arrived on campus just before the 2018 season. He appeared in 18 games over two seasons, but also had legal troubles in California that kept him away from the team for periods of time. He last appeared in a game Oct. 12, 2019 against Minnesota and was dismissed from the program after the season.

Linebacker Pernell Jefferson -- Named NU’s scout team MVP as a freshman in 2016 but then did not appear in a game over the next three seasons. He transferred after the 2019 season and landed at Division II Arkansas-Monticello. The Boll Weevils did not play in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Offensive lineman John Raridon -- Appeared in six career games between 2017 and 2019, lining up at left guard in blowouts against Northern Illinois and Maryland in 2019. He retired from football after that season, his redshirt junior campaign.

Wide receiver Jaron Woodyard -- Came to NU as a heralded junior college transfer from Arizona Western and caught four passes for 19 yards over two seasons in Lincoln. He left as a graduate transfer and ended up at Marshall, where he caught just one pass but made it count on a 42-yard touchdown.

Defensive back Tony Butler -- A solid special-teams contributor, appearing in 23 games between 2017 and 2018 and then four games in 2019. He graduated in three years, was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and transferred to Kent State in his home state of Ohio, where he played in four games and made 15 tackles while breaking up two passes.

Running back Jaylin Bradley -- Arrived at NU after a decorated career at Bellevue West and appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 2017 before redshirting in 2018 and playing in one game in 2019. He transferred in January 2020 and has not resurfaced in football.

Wide receiver Darien Chase -- Caught one pass for 13 yards while playing four games as a freshman in 2019, but the four-star receiver was well thought-of by the coaching staff. He transferred to be closer to home and cited struggles with depression and mental health as the driving factors. He signed with hometown Portland State of the FCS, but the Vikings did not play in 2020.

Kicker Barret Pickering -- Won the placekicking job as a true freshman and did a nice job, highlighted by a 3-for-3 outing in a Senior Day win against Michigan State. He missed the 2019 season with injuries, though, and medically retired after the season before showing up in the portal later.

Quarterback Noah Vedral -- The Wahoo native transferred to NU from UCF and appeared in six games for the Huskers (five in 2019), including two starts. He graduated and transferred in April 2020 after the pandemic forced spring ball to be canceled and kept him from competing for the starting job. He landed at Rutgers, where he started seven games in 2020 and is in line to return for 2021 and potentially 2022.

Wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty -- A heralded prospect but was hurt before his freshman season in 2017 and battled knee injuries throughout his three seasons at NU. He appeared in nine games total and caught two passes in 2019 for 14 yards. He medically retired, but then entered the portal and ended up at FCS South Dakota, which did not play in 2020. 

Safety Henry Gray -- The Miami (Florida) native transferred without ever taking part in a practice, landing at Florida International. A four-star prospect, Gray had offseason surgery on his shoulder and did not participate in Nebraska's spring camp. He said he transferred due to family reasons. 

Receiver JD Spielman -- Entered the transfer portal in early June of 2020 before his senior season. Had been away from the Husker program since the previous spring due to "personal health matters." The Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native is the only pass-catcher at Nebraska to ever have three straight 800-yard receiving seasons. He is third in school history in receiving yards (2,546) and catches (170). This past season at TCU, he played in three games, including one start in the opener against Iowa State. He finished with five catches for 56 yards while also returning seven punts for 80 yards.

Defensive back Jaiden Francois -- A midyear enrollee from South Dade (Florida) High School, the four-star corner originally signed with the Huskers over Miami and several other national suitors in December 2020. He took part in winter conditioning and the early part of spring practice before the proceedings were halted by the coronavirus pandemic, but he was not present for much of the Huskers' voluntary workouts between June 1 and the start of more formalized work in July. He's now at UCF.

Linebacker Keyshawn Greene -- A 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, Greene signed with Nebraska last January after he had long been verbally committed to Florida State. He entered the transfer portal in early September and is now at FAU. Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud at one point considered Greene to be among his top six players and NU thought he would at least be a special teams contributor right off the bat. 

Corner Ronald Delancy III -- A consensus three-star prospect from Miami (Florida) Northwestern, Delancy made it to the kick off of the 2020 Husker season, although he did not finish it, heading home in December and eventually landing at Toledo. Delancy saw work on special teams for NU but was not credited with a tackle. He originally chose NU over Louisville, Miami, Missouri and Pitt, among others.

Wide receiver Marcus Fleming -- Also from Miami (Florida) Northwestern, the 5-10, 170-pounder transferred from Nebraska in the middle of the season, then announced last month that he had verbally committed to Maryland. He led the team with five catches for 75 yards against Northwestern. After that, though, he played sparingly and left the team in late November. Consensus four-star recruit chose NU over Florida, Florida State and Georgia, among others.

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