Former Nebraska football QB finds second school since entering portal

Chubba Purdy was on the move again on Monday as he changed his commitment to Nevada after originally committing to San Jose State.
Perry quarterback Chubba Purdy (12) practices with his team at Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz.
Perry quarterback Chubba Purdy (12) practices with his team at Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz. / Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic via Imagn

It's been an extremely interesting winter for former Nebraska football quarterback Chubba Purdy. On Monday, it turns out that he committed to his second school since entering the transfer portal in mid-December.

On Monday afternoon, On3 reported that Purdy committed to the Nevada Wolfpack. That decision meant that he'd flipped his commitment from the San Jose State Spartans. He'd decided on that school just a week ago. Granted quite a bit happened in that week.

Purdy, who started his college football career with Florida State before transferring to the Nebraska football program for former head coach Scott Frost's final season, shocked no one when he changed his mind about San Jose State.

Not long after he committed to the Mountain West school, the coach he'd given his pledge to was leaving the Spartans program himself. A coaching carousel started by Nick Saban's retirement hit San Jose State when Brent Brennan took the head coaching job at Arizona.

That job was open because former Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch move to Washington after the Huskers lost head coach Kalen Deboer to Alabama. On Saturday, San Jose State announced it had hired Ken Niumatalolo to replace Brennan.

While Niumatalolo has a ton of experience in the college football coaching ranks, the vast majority of that experience was at Navy, running the triple option. It appears that Purdy didn't want to stick around and see if he could somehow fit in whatever offense Niumatalolo plans to run in 2024.

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With Nevada, Chubba will have a pretty clear shot at the starting quarterback job, something that's obviously important for him in what is likely his final season of college football.

Purdy did start the final two games of Nebraska football's 2023 season and performed well enough that some believed he was at least a candidate for the starting job to open the year in 2024. However, when the Huskers landed Dylan Raiola, the writing was on the wall.