Nebraska football loses second quarterback to the transfer portal

The Nebraska football team must regroup after Chubba Purdy entered the transfer portal on Wednesday night.
Nebraska football quarterback Chubba Purdy (12) runs against Iowa
Nebraska football quarterback Chubba Purdy (12) runs against Iowa / Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

While most of the news during the 2024 Early Signing Day was good for Nebraska football, an announcement on Wednesday night put a bit of a damper on the celebrations going on in Lincoln. Chubba Purdy is the second Husker quarterback to enter the transfer portal since it opened on December 4. It certainly feels as though the move is a direct reaction to the Cornhuskers bringing in both Dylan Raiola and Daniel Kaelin in the 2024 class.

Things started as nothing more than rumors that Purdy might be on his way out the door. It didn't take much time for Purdy to confirm to On3 that he was leaving Nebraska and looking for a new team for the 2024 season.

While the most isn't totally out of left field, it is one that appears to have developed during the day on Wednesday and might not have been coming all that long. Earlier in the day Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule talked during his Signing Day press conference like someone who expected Purdy to return.

Chubba Purdy played very sparingly in his two seasons with the Huskers with injuries being the biggest reason cited by both Mickey Joseph and Matt Rhule's staff. When Purdy finally started the final two games of the 2023 season, Rhule made it clear he almost certainly would have played earlier if not for being banged up.

Chubba Purdy departs the Nebraska football team

In his two seasons in Lincoln, Purdy completed 51 percent of his passes for 529 yards, 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He also ran for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a career long 55 yard run against Wisconsin that had Husker fans thinking he was going to lead the team to an upset win over the Badgers before NU faded down the stretch.

Despite having already transferred once, when he joined the Nebraska football team from Florida State, Chubba Purdy will be immediately eligible to play for wherever he goes next as he's a grad transfer who earned his degree last weekend.