Sophomore receiver Lindsey leaving Huskers, granted scholarship release

October 3, 2018
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NU wide reciever Tyjon Lindsey (1) during a Huskers football camp practice at Hawks Championship Center Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

Nebraska football did suffer attrition at the four-week mark, after all.

Sophomore wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey asked for and was granted a release from his scholarship on Tuesday, a Nebraska football spokesman confirmed Tuesday night.

Lindsey, a heralded recruit who had played in all 16 games of his college career to date but never seemed to hit full stride, started the year No. 2 on the depth chart in the slot behind JD Spielman but saw playing time dwindle further last week against Purdue.

Lindsey had just 12 catches as a freshman, but initially felt as though he had a perfect situation when Scott Frost and his staff arrived. He said he grew up with former Oregon star D’Anthony Thomas as a mentor and had always dreamed of playing the role of a versatile playmaker in Frost’s offensive system.

His opening months did not go smoothly, as he was hospitalized for rhabdo after one of NU’s first winter conditioning sessions. He said afterward, though, that he loved the coaching staff and planned to make the most of his opportunities.

“Being put in the shoes of one of my mentors, it drives me to be the person I want to be,” Lindsey said in April. “This is the dream I’ve been living my whole life, since I was a little kid, and now it’s in my hands.

“I have to take it.”

The staff had high hopes for him, too.

Through four games, though, the California native had just three catches on eight targets for 22 yards. He began the season as the team’s punt returner, but lost those duties to Spielman after a lost fumble and overall shaky outing against Michigan on Sept. 22.

Because Lindsey has a redshirt at his disposal and appeared in only four games, he can take a redshirt this season.

It’s the kind of situation Frost downplayed on Monday, saying he didn’t get the sense that anybody was at risk of leaving.

“I haven’t got a hint of that,” the coach said then. “The guys are doing it the right way and it’s the majority of the team, they’re playing with their brothers, they’re where they want to be and they’re intent on getting this thing right. I see it out of them and really appreciate what they’re doing. People can read into a lot of stuff, but these guys are fighting and we’re going to keep fighting.”

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