Patrick O’Brien’s transfer from Nebraska football leaves Scott Frost and the Huskers with only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for 2018. That could change, though.
Noah Vedral transferred to Nebraska this offseason after spending his first season with Frost at UCF, and has been practicing with Nebraska’s quarterbacks. He figured to be eligible in 2019 after sitting out one season due to NCAA transfer rules, but it doesn’t appear he wants to wait that long.
Noah Vedral tells the Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel he’s planning on looking into having Nebraska apply for a waiver that would make him eligible immediately.
“From everything I’ve researched, there’s a chance,” Vedral said.
NCAA rules require non-graduate transfers to sit out one season in an “academic-year-in-residence.” A group is looking to make some tweaks to those rules to allow players who hit a certain GPA requirement to play right away. But the committee isn’t planning on attempting to affect any changes until the 2019 season, so it does not appear that would apply to Vedral.
Nebraska can submit a waiver to the NCAA on Vedral’s behalf in order to bypass that academic year in residence. NCAA rules on transfers say meet some conditions that revolve around health reasons, recruiting violations or poor academics at their old school. Here’s what an NCAA spokeswoman told SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner about the process earlier this year:
“Schools can submit waivers to the national office if they believe there are special circumstances that warrant an exception to the rule, such as some sort of abuse at the prior school. Because we cannot contemplate every type of mitigation that may be presented, these are considered on a case-by-case basis by the staff. There is always an appeal opportunity to a committee of members if the school does not agree with the waiver decision.”
It’s not immediately clear whether Vedral would satisfy any of the NCAA’s conditions.
Vedral is a Nebraska legacy. He’s the fifth member of his family to play for the Huskers. When Frost announced he was coming home to coach his alma mater, Vedral had an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“There was always a part of me that wanted to play here,” Vedral said following practice Tuesday. “All of those stories I heard growing up [about] the relationships, my uncles, and everything I’d heard is that this place is special. I wanted a chance [but] through my recruiting, it never really opened up. I wanted a chance to be here and to be a part of that just like they had.”