Nebraska Football: Why Justin McGriff transferring won’t be a big deal

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Fans always tend to freak out a little when players transfer but in the case of Nebraska football and wide receiver Justin McGriff, there is no need to worry.

In this new age of college football, players and coaches seem to be leaving all the time and Monday, the Nebraska football program got the news that wide receiver Justin McGriff was leaving the program.

McGriff, who was a late addition for head coach Scott Frost in the last recruiting class, wasn’t a big-name guy and was just a 3-star for the Huskers. He saw some time at wide receiver and tight end but didn’t play in any games.

Despite the fact that Stanley Morgan Jr. is graduating and there should be more room for snaps next season at wide receiver, McGriff is leaving and while some might be worried about his departure and what it means, there really is no reason to be concerned.

There are a couple of reasons why a player tends to leave a program. One is that he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the coaching staff. Either he feels he isn’t getting a fair chance or just doesn’t fit. That could be the case here but it’s hard to say.

On the other hand, players also tend to leave because they feel they are getting passed up on the depth chart and that appears to be the case with McGriff. Nebraska football isn’t overly stocked at wide receiver, however, the Huskers do have JD SpielmanMike Williams and Kade Warner, as well as promising recruits Darien Chase and Jamie Nance.

Maybe McGriff didn’t like being moved to tight end and it’s possible he sees himself as a better fit outside. There are lots of reasons why kids leave programs. It’s pointless to try and speculate for too long.

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The only thing to know is whether the kid was going to make an impact and in McGriff’s case, it doesn’t seem like he was going to see the field much in 2019, so Nebraska football fans shouldn’t concern themselves with it.