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Running back Greg Bell leaving the Husker program

Huskers lose junior running back Greg Bell after four games

Nebraska football has been hit by its second loss of the season this week as junior running back Greg Bell appears to be leaving the program. The vaunted running back transfer from Arizona Western Community College played in all four of the Huskers games this season before not making this weekends trip to Madison.

With the Nebraska football team currently traveling and no chance to speak with the coaches, we will likely have to wait until after Saturday’s game to get an official confirmation from coach Frost.

Bell was considered a key cog in the Huskers offense this year who would immediately contribute on the playing field and help elevate the Huskers.  In the season opener against Colorado, Bell was the starting running back and rushed for 104 yards on 13 carries, which is an impressive 8.0 yards per carry.

Despite his success against Colorado, Bell’s playing time diminished after the Huskers loss to Troy as senior Devine Ozigbo began to emerge and eventually win the starting job last week against Purdue.

Coach Frost touched on the emergence of senior Devine Ozigbo this week noting that he had elevated his game and earned the playing time against Purdue and that other backs would need to elevate their game if they wanted to be on the field.

Devine Ozigbo – Joe Flanagan/Dickerson Newspapers

“I think a couple of those guys had no choice but to step up because Devine (Ozigbo) practiced really well and it showed up in the game. How you practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday is going to determine how you play in the game. Devine took a couple steps forward and that is why we left him on the field the other day. If those guys want to be on the field, then they need to follow suit. I saw better play from those guys this week.”

Regardless of the reason why, Bell’s departure is a blow to the depth of the Huskers running back room and the first player recruiting by Frost to leave the program.

With Bell’s departure, the Huskers will lean on true freshman Maurice Washington, senior Mikale Wilbon, freshman Miles Jones, sophomore Jaylin Bradley, and walk-on Wyatt Mazour to carry the load.

 

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