Nebraska made quarterback Tristan Gebbia’s transfer official Tuesday morning. Later on the Big Ten Teleconference, NU coach Scott Frost told reporters the Huskers continue to work on Noah Vedral getting eligible this season with an NCAA waiver.
Vedral told the media early in training camp that he’d forgo any petition to the NCAA and sit out his mandated year after transferring back from Central Florida. But Frost said Tuesday Nebraska is “working” on getting that year for Vedral, who didn’t compete for the starting quarterback job this fall and didn’t take any snaps with the top units. He still has a redshirt year left — which would be taken up by sitting out this season — that, were he immediately eligible, could still be preserved if he plays in four or fewer games.
“We just hope it’s fair,” Frost said, referring to the NCAA’s process in approving some waivers and not approving others. Vedral left UCF to be closer to home, follow Frost and because he wasn’t going to start for the Knights, who have two-year starter McKenzie Milton returning for his junior year.
Frost said Nebraska would have managed its quarterback situation differently had it known Gebbia would leave right after camp. Frost said there was no changing Gebbia’s mind on transferring, either.
“I really hope college football doesn’t become transfer mania,” Frost said. “It’s hard to manage as a coach.”
Frost said he understood, though, that Gebbia was making the right decision for himself. Frost was a transfer, too — he left Stanford for Nebraska. Vedral left UCF for Nebraska. NU’s starting safety, Tre Neal, left UCF for Nebraska, too.
The Huskers won’t be able to add a new quarterback to the roster, so the backup appears to be sophomore walk-on Andrew Bunch. Frost said Bunch is a good athlete with a good arm who did some good things in camp, though not quite as well as Martinez and Gebbia. Matt Masker, a freshman walk-on from Kearney Catholic, is No. 3.
Akron at Nebraska
When: 7 p.m. Saturday (2 p.m. Pregame)
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Radio: 103.1 FM